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I'm thrilled to get Ken Mosdell. Multiple Stanley Cups as the Canadien's primary checking center and penalty killer plus decent offense. And when he was allowed to play offense when Lach was hurt, he was good enough to be a First and Second Team All Star in consecutive seasons. He's the perfect checking line center for an offensive-minded team - willing to sacrifice his offense to focus on defense, but capable offensively should the need arise.

C Ken Mosdell

-Four Stanley Cups (1946, 53, 56, 59)
-Top 10 in goals twice (7th in 53-54, 10th in 54-55)
-Top 20 in assists twice (16th in 53-54, 11th in 54-55)
-Top 10 in points twice (10th in 53-54, 8th in 54-55)
-First Team All-Star (at center) in 53-54
-Second Team All-Star (at center) in 54-55

-5 NHL All-Star Games (1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955). 4 of the 5 were based on merit.
-6'1" in the 1950s (unadjusted)

Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier

One of the NHL's top defensive specialists in the 1940s and 1950s was Montreal born Ken Mosdell.

Kenny Mosdell, a four time Stanley Cup champion with the Canadiens, saw big ice time as the Habs #1 shutdown guy. Mosdell would get the call every time the opposing team sent its No. 1 line into action. If it was Boston, he'd be out there against Milt Schmidt; if it was Detroit, he'd be checking Sid Abel of the Production Line, which had Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay as the wingers; if it was Toronto, No. 18 Mosdell would be all over the Leafs' Syl Apps.

And he'd be on every penalty kill, which back in those days did not end when the opposition scored a goal. On a two-minute penalty, the specialty team units were out there for the duration and the opposition could score as many times as possible before the penalty ended.

Though he was a scorer in the junior ranks, Mosdell's tireless skating, along with his poke- checking and stick-handling abilities, convinced coach Dick Irvin he was more valuable as a puck-control defender.

He did more than play solid defence. In an era when 20 goals was a solid contribution, he had back-to-back 22-goal seasons in 1953-54 and 1954-55. He really benefit from Elmer Lach's chronic injuries. When Lach was hurt, Mosdell assumed the top center spot playing with Rocket Richard and Bert Olmstead. When Lach was back on the ice, Mosdell returned to his defensive concentrations, never once complaining.
Originally Posted by legends of hockey
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' XXX 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 XXX and XXX 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.
Originally Posted by OurHistory
The rangy, 6-foot-1, 170-pound center brought both speed and toughness to the rink every day. On a team where the Punch Line regularly topped the NHL scoring lists, Mosdell’s talents were put to use in a defensive role.

He appeared in 31 games in 1944-45, but only 13 the following regular season. Mosdell scored four goals and added an assist in nine playoff games in 1945-46, helping the Habs to the Stanley Cup and serving notice that he intended to be a lasting force in the league.

For the next 10 seasons, Mosdell was a fixture in the Habs’ lineup. A determined backchecker and more than capable of using his body, Mosdell was an important cog in the Habs’ machine of the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Hoping that Mosdell’s easy-going nature away from the rink might rub off on his tightly-wound superstar, head coach Dick Irvin decided that Mosdell and Maurice Richard might make good roommates. They did, quickly establishing a life-long friendship.

Originally Posted by wikipedia
His 1954 "Parkies" hockey card lists him as an all-star centre for the Montreal Canadiens, "starting his 11th season with the Canadiens." In the 1953-1954 season, he was 6'1", 170 lbs. "Shoots left". In that season, he played 67 games and had 22 goals and 24 assists. He was also a "top notch defensive player and has been used many times in penalty=killing roles..."
Originally Posted by overpass View Post
In 1954-55, the year he was a second team all-star, he was third in the league in even-strength points with 46, just 3 behind leader Richard and ahead of Art Ross winner Geoffrion. He can definitely play a defensive role or a scoring role as needed.

Fun fact 1:

Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
Mosdell, an English speaking Quebecois, became great friends with Rocket Richard, the iconic symbol of French Quebec. They're families became close, which was no small feat as the Richards did not tend to socialize much. The Mosdells taught the Rocket to speak English.
Fun fact 2:

When I did a google image search for "Ken Mosdell," the logo for the Inglewood Jacks was in the second row of pictures to come up. THE ATD IS TAKING OVER GOOGLE!

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