Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gus Mortson
Gus Mortson grew up in the mining country of Northern Ontario and related analogies have followed him throughout his life. He was sometimes referred to as "Old Hardrock" because of his origins and his style of play.

He graduated from the St. Mike's Majors of the OHA in 1945. He turned pro the following year and joined the Tulsa Oilers of the USHL to serve the customary apprenticeship of the day. But the following year, Leafs' GM Conn Smythe launched a rebuilding campaign on behalf of his club. He brought names like Howie Meeker, Gaye Stewart, Gus Bodnar, and Joe Klukay into the fold. He also elected to take a chance with a couple of young defenders, Jim Thomson and Mortson. The two caught on, Thomson the stay-at-home defender and Mortson the flashier, whirling rusher who had a nose for trouble and abrasive play. The two became known as "The Gold Dust Twins."

Over the six years that followed, the "Twins" served as a defensive foundation during a great run for the Leafs as they captured Stanley Cup victories in 1947, 1948, 1949, and 1951. In 1952, however, the Leafs were in need of first-string goaltender. They managed to pry Harry Lumley away from the Blackhawks in exchange for Cal Gardner, Al Rollins and Mortson.

In the Windy City, Mortson continued his rough-house ways, lasting with the club for a total of six campaigns. By the close 1956-57 season, his villainy was confirmed as he led the league in penalty minutes for the fourth time in his career. In 1958, he was traded to his arch rivals, the Detroit Red Wings, where he concluded his NHL career at the end of the season.

Afterwards, he embarked on a lengthy minor-league stint with stops in Buffalo, Chatham, and Oakville. He finally called it a day in 1966.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1942-43 Kirkland Lake Lakers GBHL
1943-44 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 25 5 11 16 16 12 2 2 4 12
1943-44 Oshawa Generals M-Cup 8 1 4 5 4
1944-45 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 17 6 12 18 18 6 1 5 6 8
1944-45 St. Michael's Majors M-Cup 14 6 4 10 12
1945-46 Tulsa Oilers USHL 51 19 29 48 47 13 1 5 6 12
1946-47 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 60 5 13 18 133 11 1 3 4 22
1947-48 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 58 7 11 18 118 5 1 2 3 2
1948-49 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 60 2 13 15 85 9 2 1 3 8
1949-50 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 68 3 14 17 125 7 0 0 0 18
1950-51 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 60 3 10 13 142 11 0 1 1 4
1951-52 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 65 1 10 11 106 4 0 0 0 8
1952-53 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 68 5 18 23 88 7 1 1 2 6
1953-54 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 68 5 13 18 132
1954-55 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 65 2 11 13 133
1955-56 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 52 5 10 15 87
1956-57 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 5 18 23 147
1957-58 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 67 3 10 13 62
1958-59 Detroit Red Wings NHL 36 0 1 1 22
1958-59 Buffalo Bisons AHL 29 3 9 12 46 11 3 3 6 12
1959-60 Buffalo Bisons AHL 72 10 32 42 37
1960-61
1961-62 Dixie Beehives ON-Jr.B
1962-63 Chatham Maroons OHA-Sr. 36 11 14 25 46 9 1 1 2 6
1963-64 Chatham Maroons IHL 29 2 14 16 60
1964-65 Oakville Oaks OHA-Sr. 31 7 18 25 78 11 1 5 6 18
1964-65 Buffalo Bisons AHL 3 0 3 3 0
1965-66 Oakville Oaks OHA-Sr. 27 7 15 22 48 7 0 2 2 2
1966-67 Oakville Oaks OHA-Sr. 13 3 3 6 8
NHL Totals 797 46 152 198 1380 54 5 8 13 68


NHL First All-Star Team (1950)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1960) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956)
Traded to Chicago by Toronto with Ray Hannigan, Al Rollins and Cal Gardner for Harry Lumley, September 11, 1952. Traded to Detroit by Chicago for future considerations, September 3, 1958. Claimed on waivers by NY Rangers (Buffalo-AHL) from Detroit, January 17, 1959.
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