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1950s All-Decade Team (1950-51 to 1959-60)

Who were the best hockey players from the 1950s? We’ve created two all-decade teams to honour those biggest stars from 1950-51 to 1959-60.

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Goalie: Terry Sawchuk

Sawchuk was a three-time First Team All-Star and a three-time Second Team All-Star in the 1950s. He was the Red Wings’ goalie for three Stanley Cup championships. He also won the Calder Trophy as the top rookie in 1950-51.

Goalie: Jacques Plante

In the last five years of the decade, Plante was a First Team All-Star twice and a Second Team All-Star three times. He led the Canadiens to a Stanley Cup championship in each of those years. He won the Vézina Trophy five times.


Defence: Doug Harvey

Harvey was a First Team All-Star eight times and a Second Team All-Star once from 1951-52 to 1959-60. He won the Norris Trophy as the top defender five times. He also won the Stanley Cup six time with the Canadiens.

Defence: Bill Gadsby

Gadsby was a First Team All-Star three times and a Second Team All-Star three times. During the decade, he played for both the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers. He was runner-up in voting for the Norris Trophy three times.


Defence: Red Kelly

Kelly was a First Team All-Star six times and a Second Team All-Star once in a seven-year span from 1950-51 to 1956-57. He played on four Stanley Cup championship teams with the Red Wings in the 1950s.

Defence: Tom Johnson

Johnson was a First Team All-Star once and a Second Team All-Star once. He won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defender in 1958-59. He also won six Stanley Cup championships with the Canadiens.


Left Wing: Ted Lindsay

Lindsay was a six-time First Team All-Star in a seven-year span from 1950-51 to 1956-57. He also won a second NHL assists title and four Stanley Cup rings with the Red Wings. He scored a hat trick in the 1950 All-Star Game.

Left Wing: Dickie Moore

Moore won a pair of Art Ross Trophies in the late 1950s as the league’s top scorer. He set the league’s single-season scoring record in 1958-59. He was also an NHL First Team All-Star in back-to-back seasons.


Centre: Jean Béliveau

From 1954-55 to 1959-60, Béliveau was a First Team All-Star five times and a Second Team All-Star once. He won NHL goal-scoring titles in 1955-56 and 1958-59. He helped the Canadiens win five-straight Cup titles (1956-60).

Centre: Ted Kennedy

Kennedy was an NHL Second Team All-Star in 1950-51 and 1953-54. He then won the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player in 1954-55, but was not a year-end all-star that year. He co-led the league in assists in 1950-51.


Right Wing: Gordie Howe

In a 10-year span, Howe was a First Team All-Star seven times and a Second Team All-Star twice. He won four NHL goal-scoring titles, five Art Ross Trophies, and four Stanley Cup championships.

Right Wing: Maurice Richard

Richard was a two-time First Team All-Star and five-time Second Team All-Star in the 1950s. After winning three goal-scoring titles in the 1940s, he won two more in the 1950s. He also won six Cup titles in the decade (1953, 1956-60).


Goals Leader
1950-51 Gordie Howe
1951-52 Gordie Howe
1952-53 Gordie Howe
1953-54 Maurice Richard
1954-55 Bernie Geoffrion & Maurice Richard
1955-56 Jean Béliveau
1956-57 Gordie Howe
1957-58 Dickie Moore
1958-59 Jean Béliveau
1959-60 Bronco Horvath & Bobby Hull
Assists Leader
1950-51 Gordie Howe & Ted Kennedy
1951-52 Elmer Lach
1952-53 Gordie Howe
1953-54 Gordie Howe
1954-55 Bert Olmstead
1955-56 Bert Olmstead
1956-57 Ted Lindsay
1957-58 Henri Richard
1958-59 Dickie Moore
1959-60 Don McKenney
Art Ross Trophy winner
1950-51 Gordie Howe
1951-52 Gordie Howe
1952-53 Gordie Howe
1953-54 Gordie Howe
1954-55 Bernie Geoffrion
1955-56 Jean Béliveau
1956-57 Gordie Howe
1957-58 Dickie Moore
1958-59 Dickie Moore
1959-60 Bobby Hull
Goals-Against Average Leader
1950-51 Al Rollins
1951-52 Terry Sawchuk
1952-53 Terry Sawchuk
1953-54 Harry Lumley
1954-55 Harry Lumley
1955-56 Jacques Plante
1956-57 Jacques Plante
1957-58 Jacques Plante
1958-59 Jacques Plante
1959-60 Jacques Plante