Tuesday, October 9, 2012

OBITURARY:

ED LITZENBERGER

15 July 1932 - 01 November 2010

A Professional Hockey Player: For twelve seasons (1952 to 1964), he played at the center and right-wing positions in the National Hockey League with the Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. He began his hockey career in 1949, with the Regina Pats junior club of the Western Hockey League, before making his NHL debut with the Canadiens during the 1952-1953 season; he appeared in 2 games with them.

He would spent the next two years alternating from the Canadiens to the Montreal Royals of the Quebec League, before being sent to the Black Hawks, where he experienced his breakout season 1954-1955; he was recipient of the Calder Memorial Trophy (1955), as he scored 23 goals with 28 assists, splitting playing time with Montreal and Chicago. Litzenberger produced three consecutive seasons, with 30-plus goals (1956-1957 with 32, 1957-1958 with 32 and 1958-1959 with 33), while achieving NHL All-Star status six-times during his career (1955, 1957 to 1959, 1962 to 1963). He captained the 1960-1961 Black Hawks' squad which featured Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita, who captured the Stanley Cup Title.

He concluded his NHL career as a part of the Maple Leaf dynasty teams during the 1960s; he played on three consecutive Toronto Stanley Cup championship teams (1962 to 1964). He extended his playing career an additional two years as a member of the Rochester Americans of the AHL (who won two consecutive Calder Cups 1965 and 1966), and Victoria Maple Leafs of the WHL before retiring in 1966. In 618 career regular season NHL games, he scored 178 goals with 238 assists.

Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada