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10-05-2011, 12:01 PM
Join Date: Sep 2009
The Mallards select Defenseman
x1 NHL All-Star Game ('51)
x1 AHL Second Team All-Star ('50)
x2 Top 5 PIM (5th, 5th)
x4 Top 10 Points by a defenseman (9th,5th,7th,6th)
x1 Top 15 Points by a defenseman (14th in 37 GP, '55-'56)
x1 Stanley Cup Champion ('50)
x1 1959 World Championship Gold Medal, also led tournament in PIM
Dewsbury was one of the giants of the game in the 1940s and 1950s. By today's standards, he would be considered just an average-sized player, but back then a 6'2" 202-pound rearguard was a very imposing figure to many of the smaller players in the game.
Dewsbury played for the USHL's Omaha Knights in 1945-46, starting in 41 games and scoring six goals and six assists. The following year his time was split between the AHL's Indianapolis Capitals and the NHL's Detroit Red Wings. In 23 games with the Wings, he had two goals and an assist.
One of the main reasons he was so attractive to the Wings was his aggressive style of play. In 34 games with Indianapolis, he had 80 minutes in penalties.
After a couple more seasons with the Indianapolis Capitals, Dewsbury drew a permanent assignment with the Chicago Blackhawks where he would remain for six seasons. In three of the first four years, he played in 69 games and saw action in 67 in the other. From an offensive perspective, his best year was 1951-52 when he scored seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points. Dewsbury and the Hawks never were able to make it to the Stanley Cup finals, which were for the most part dominated at that time by the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Canadiens.
Dewsbury did win a Cup while playing with the Red Wings during the 1949-50 with teammates such as Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay spearheading the win, beating down a tough New York Rangers club in a tough seven-game series.
The Wings also made it to the Cup finals with Dewsbury on the defense in 1948, but they were swept in four games by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The 1955-56 season was his final year in the NHL. He played in 37 games with the Hawks, scoring three goals and 12 assists for 15 points. He remained playing professional hockey for another two years with the Hershey Bears of the AHL before retiring. Dewsbury played in 37 NHL games, scoring 30 goals and 78 assists for 108 points.
During 1949-50, Al split the season between the Capitals and the Red Wings. During the regular season, he played 11 games with Detroit, but was a key addition during the playoffs that spring.
Al Dewsbury was summoned to join the team for Game Three of the final, April 15, 1950, and quickly made his presence known as he picked up an assist on George Gee's goal late in the first, and also picked up two minor penalties in a 4-0 Red Wing win.
Detroit hosted again, for a third straight contest, in Game Six. Dewsbury earned an assist on Sid Abel's winning goal as the Red Wings edged New York 5-4 to set up a seventh game, do-or-die situation.
Al dressed for Game Seven at the Olympia in Detroit on April 23, 1950. The Rangers went up 2-0 in the first period to set Detroit back on their heels, but they rebounded with two goals in twenty-one seconds early in the second period; the second Wing goal scored by Sid Abel with an assist by Dewsbury.
...Al Dewsbury of Chicago Blackhawks emerged as heroes of overtime Stanley cup playoff games. Dewsbury broke up the game at 5:18 of the overtime. He took George Gee's pass-out and slammed it in from 30 feet out.
Defenceman Al Dewsbury opened and closed Chicago's scoring...His second goal came while the Hawks were a mans short.
bruising work of rearguards Leo Resie and Al Dewsbury
won commendation from manager Jack Adams.
Al Dewsbury hung on to his "bad boy" title
with 48 minutes served in the penalty box.
Originally Posted by
The Montreal Gazette-3/25/1959
The 210-pounder from Goderich, Ont.,
was the most penalized player in the tournament with 28 minutes and deserved them all.
They included a 10-minute misconduct for abusive language, a minor for a wresting match with a Czech forward and another for a similar scuffle with a United States player. The others were for tripping, slashing, charging, holding and crosschecking, all offences attracting punishment to a substantial number of non-Canadian players.
It is the team of Belleville McFarland, led by player-coach Ike Hildebrand, who won the Allan Cup national amateur champion in 1958 and represents Canada at the World Championships. That is why she hired this season Jean-Paul Lamirande, a back 35 years which has already become world champion last year with the formation of Whitby, and
Al Dewsbury, a particular physical and intimidating defender in 347 matches NHL
. Milt Dunnell wrote the Toronto Star even after a warm-up match in Bratislava, as Dewsbury "seems determined to forget the Europeans Bluebeard, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and other frightening figures of the past." This back of mammoth proportions for the time, which hit a referee during a friendly match in Finland, is a vital link in the victory over the Soviets, he does not grant any penalty.
(Any help translating this French would be much appreciated)
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