Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Al Dewsbury
Al 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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1941-42 Toronto Young Rangers OHA-B
1941-42 Toronto Native Sons OHA-Jr. 1 0 0 0 0
1942-43 Toronto Young Rangers OHA-B
1943-44 Toronto Young Rangers OHA-Jr. 19 12 8 20 34
1943-44 Toronto CIL TIHL 11 10 6 16 12 7 2 3 5 2
1943-44 Hamilton Whizzers OHA-Jr. 3 1 0 1 0
1944-45 Toronto Young Rangers OHA-Jr. 19 12 8 20 34 4 0 0 0 8
1944-45 Toronto Fuels TMHL 9 1 3 4 24
1944-45 Toronto Maher Jewels TIHL 3 0 0 0 0
1944-45 Porcupine Combines M-Cup 3 0 0 0 2
1945-46 Omaha Knights USHL 41 6 6 12 28 7 1 2 3 0
1946-47 Detroit Red Wings NHL 23 2 1 3 12 2 0 0 0 4
1946-47 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 34 6 4 10 80
1947-48 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 10 0 4 4 34
1947-48 Omaha Knights USHL 32 11 7 18 57 3 0 2 2 9
1947-48 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1948-49 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 65 8 24 32 103 2 0 2 2 0
1949-50 Detroit Red Wings NHL 11 2 2 4 2 4 0 3 3 8
1949-50 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 30 15 22 37 75 8 2 5 7 16
1950-51 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 67 5 14 19 79
1951-52 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 69 7 17 24 99
1952-53 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 69 5 16 21 97 7 1 2 3 4
1953-54 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 69 6 15 21 44
1954-55 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 2 0 1 1 10
1954-55 Montreal Royals QHL 41 7 9 16 80 14 3 2 5 34
1955-56 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 37 3 12 15 22
1955-56 Buffalo Bisons AHL 31 8 18 26 48 5 0 3 3 4
1956-57 Buffalo<196>Hershey AHL 59 6 31 37 101 5 0 0 0 2
1957-58 Hershey Bears AHL 60 7 31 38 114 1 0 0 0 0
1958-59 Belleville McFarlands EOHL 40 7 31 38 114
1958-59 Canada WEC-A 8 3 2 5 28
NHL Totals 347 30 78 108 365 14 1 5 6 16


AHL Second All-Star Team (1950) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1951) Traded to Chicago by Detroit with Harry Lumley, Jack Stewart, Don Morrison and Pete Babando for Jim Henry, Bob Goldham, Gaye Stewart and Metro Prystai, July 13, 1950. Loaned to Montreal (Montreal-QHL) by Chicago for cash and the loan of Paul Masnick, November 9, 1954. Traded to Hershey (AHL) by Chicago (Buffalo-AHL) for Bob Hassard, February 14, 1957. Traded to Windsor (OHA-Sr.) by Belleville (OHA-Sr.) for Dennis Boucher, December, 1959.
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