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1940s All-Decade Team (1940-41 to 1949-50)

Who were the best hockey players from the 1940s? We’ve created two all-decade teams to honour those biggest stars from 1940-41 to 1949-50.

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Goalie: Bill Durnan

A six-time NHL First Team All-Star in a short seven-year NHL career between 1943-44 and 1949-50. Durnan led the Canadiens to two Stanley Cup championships, one in 1944 and then another in 1946

Goalie: Frank Brimsek

A one-time NHL First Team and five-time NHL Second Team All-Star from 1940-41 to 1947-48. “Mr. Zero” Brimsek helped the Boston Bruins win its second Stanley Cup in three years in 1941.


Defence: Jack Stewart

A three-time NHL First Team and two-time NHL Second Team All-Star between 1942-43 and 1948-49. He also won a pair of Stanley Cup championships in Detroit, one in 1943 and then another in 1950.

Defence: Émile Bouchard

An NHL Second Team All-Star in
1943-44 and then an NHL First Team All-Star in three-straight seasons from 1944-45 to 1946-47. He helped the Canadiens win the Stanley Cup in 1944 and 1946.


Defence: Ken Reardon

Reardon was a two-time NHL First Team and three-time NHL Second Team All-Star in five-straight seasons from 1945-46 to 1949-50. He helped the Montréal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup in 1946.

Defence: Earl Seibert

An NHL Second Team All-Star in 1940-41 and then an NHL First Team All-Star in three-straight seasons from 1941-42 to 1943-44. He was actually an NHL All-Star in 10-straight seasons starting in 1934-35.


Left Wing: Doug Bentley

A three-time NHL First Team and one-time NHL Second Team All-Star between 1942-43 and 1948-49 (see page 50). He won two NHL goal-scoring titles and two NHL assist titles with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Left Wing: Ted Lindsay

A two-time NHL First Team and one-time NHL Second Team All-Star in three-straight seasons from 1947-48 to 1948-49. He won an NHL goal-scoring title in 1947-48 and an NHL assists title in 1949-50.


Centre: Bill Cowley

A three-time NHL First Team and one-time NHL Second Team All-Star in a five-year span from 1940-41 to 1944-45. He won the Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP in 1940-41 and 1942-43 with the Boston Bruins.

Centre: Elmer Lach

A two-time NHL First Team and two-time NHL Second Team All-Star in a five-year span. He won NHL assist titles in 1944-45 and 1945-46; he won Stanley Cups in 1944 and 1946 with the Canadiens.


Right Wing: Maurice Richard

An NHL Second Team All-Star in 1943-44 and then an NHL First Team All-Star in six-straight seasons from 1944-45 to 1949-50. Richard led the Montréal Canadiens to Stanley Cup titles in 1944 and 1946.

Right Wing: Bryan Hextall

An NHL First Team All-Star in back-to-back years followed by an NHL Second Team All-Star selection in 1941-42. He won his second-straight NHL goal-scoring title in 1940-41 with the New York Rangers.


Goals Leader
1940-41 Bryan Hextall
1941-42 Lynn Patrick
1942-43 Doug Bentley
1943-44 Doug Bentley
1944-45 Maurice Richard
1945-46 Gaye Stewart
1946-47 Maurice Richard
1947-48 Ted Lindsay
1948-49 Sid Abel
1949-50 Maurice Richard
Assists Leader
1940-41 Bill Cowley
1941-42 Phil Watson
1942-43 Bill Cowley
1943-44 Clint Smith
1944-45 Elmer Lach
1945-46 Elmer Lach
1946-47 Bill Taylor
1947-48 Doug Bentley
1948-49 Doug Bentley
1949-50 Ted Lindsay
Scoring Leader
1940-41 Bill Cowley
1941-42 Bryan Hextall
1942-43 Doug Bentley
1943-44 Herbert Cain
1944-45 Elmer Lach
1945-46 Max Bentley
1946-47 Max Bentley
Art Ross Trophy winner
1947-48 Elmer Lach
1948-49 Roy Conacher
1949-50 Ted Lindsay
Goals-Against Average Leader
1940-41 Turk Broda
1941-42 Frank Brimsek
1942-43 Johnny Mowers
1943-44 Bill Durnan
1944-45 Bill Durnan
1945-46 Bill Durnan
1946-47 Bill Durnan
1947-48 Turk Broda
1948-49 Bill Durnan
1949-50 Bill Durnan