Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ken Mosdell
Born in 1922 in Montreal, Mosdell made his first foray into the NHL as a 19 year-old when the New York Americans signed him in October of 1941. He played 41 games with the team, a less than successful stretch for the struggling organization, which changed its name midway through his first year to the Brooklyn Americans. Veterans such as Charlie Conacher and Busher Jackson were matched with fresh kids such as Charlie Rayner, Harry Watson and Mosdell.

Mosdell's pro career was interrupted by his service in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1942 until 1944. He played with Air Force teams during his training in Montreal, and during this time, in 1943, his rights were transferred to the Canadiens from the Americans. He played sporadically in his first two seasons with Montreal, playing 31 games in 1944-45 and only 13 in 1945-46. However, he did get his name on the Stanley Cup in that second season. When he did earn a regular role with the Canadiens, the wiry center became known for his penalty-killing and defensive work. "They only let me play offense twice when Elmer Lach was hurt," Mosdell said of his role with the team. His solid play helped anchor Montreal for another Stanley Cup victory in 1953.

Mosdell's offensive game blossomed beginning in the 1953-54 season. He collected 100 points over the next two years, ending both years with career highs of 22 goals. In 1954 he was named to the league's First All-Star Team. He proved to be an apt selection as he briefly rallied the Habs in the Stanley Cup finals against Detroit after the Canadiens fell behind 3-1 in games. Mosdell scored the overtime winner in the fifth game, a 1-0 thriller at the Forum, and helped his squad force a seventh and deciding game with a 4-1 win in game six. The rally was cut short in overtime of that game, however, when the Red Wings' Tony Leswick bounced in a fluke shot to capture the Cup for Detroit.

Mosdell was named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team in 1955 and captured his third and final Stanley Cup title in 1956. That summer he was sold to the Chicago Black Hawks with Eddie Mazur and Bud Macpherson for $55,000. He spent 25 games with Chicago before returning to the Canadiens. Although he was moving back to Montreal, he spent most of the next three years in the minors. He played his final two games with the Canadiens in 1958-59, replacing the injured Jean Beliveau in the playoffs.

When he retired, Mosdell was the last member of the Americans in the NHL. He continued in hockey for one more year, back where it all began with the Montreal Royals in the junior leagues.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1938-39 Montreal JV Royals QAHA
1939-40 Montreal Jr. Royals QJHL 12 7 9 16 4 2 0 0 0 0
1939-40 Montreal Royals QSHL 1 0 0 0 2
1940-41 Montreal Jr. Royals QJHL 12 7 10 17 18 2 0 4 4 0
1940-41 Montreal Royals QSHL 1 0 1 1 0
1940-41 Montreal Jr. Royals M-Cup 10 10 16 26 15
1941-42 Brooklyn Americans NHL 41 7 9 16 16
1941-42 Springfield Indians AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1942-43 Lachine RCAF QSHL 35 17 18 35 52 12 8 3 11 23
1943-44 Montreal RCAF QSHL 7 3 7 10 13
1943-44 Montreal Fairchild MCHL 6 7 6 13 5
1944-45 Montreal Canadiens NHL 31 12 6 18 16
1945-46 Buffalo Bisons AHL 43 21 23 44 46
1945-46 Montreal Canadiens NHL 13 2 1 3 8 9 4 1 5 6
1946-47 Montreal Canadiens NHL 54 5 10 15 50 4 2 0 2 4
1947-48 Montreal Canadiens NHL 23 1 0 1 19
1948-49 Montreal Canadiens NHL 60 17 9 26 50 7 1 1 2 4
1949-50 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 15 12 27 42 5 0 0 0 12
1950-51 Montreal Canadiens NHL 66 13 18 31 24 11 1 1 2 4
1951-52 Montreal Canadiens NHL 44 5 11 16 19 2 1 0 1 0
1952-53 Montreal Canadiens NHL 63 5 14 19 27 7 3 2 5 4
1953-54 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 22 24 46 64 11 1 0 1 4
1954-55 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 22 32 54 82 12 2 7 9 8
1955-56 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 13 17 30 48 9 1 1 2 2
1956-57 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 25 2 4 6 10
1957-58 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 1 1 0
1957-58 Montreal Royals QHL 62 27 42 69 51 7 3 6 9 2
1958-59 Rochester Americans AHL 2 0 0 0 0
1958-59 Montreal Royals QHL 55 20 40 60 77 6 1 4 5 9
1958-59 Montreal Canadiens NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1959-60 Montreal Royals EPHL 61 26 36 62 50 14 3 3 6 12
NHL Totals 693 141 168 309 475 80 16 13 29 48


NHL First All-Star Team (1954)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1955)
QHL Second All-Star Team (1959) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955)
Signed as a free agent by Brooklyn, October 28, 1941. Rights transferred to Montreal from Brooklyn in Special Dispersal Draw, September 11, 1943. Loaned to Buffalo (AHL) by Montreal with Frank Eddolls, Wilf Field and cash for the loan of Lorrain Thibeault, October 24, 1945.
Missed majority of 1947-48 due to knee injury in softball game, August 15, 1947. Traded to Chicago by Montreal with Bud MacPherson for $30,000 with Montreal holding right of recall, May 17, 1956.
Returned to Montreal by Chicago, September 20, 1957.
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