Eddie Litzenberger Didn’t Dazzle In Montreal

This is Ed Litzenberger, a player I always associated with the Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs. But here he is in a Bee Hive photo wearing a Habs uniform. Litzenberger was a Hab for 34 games between 1952 and 1955, scoring 8 goals and adding 4 assists during this time. He went on to play seven seasons in Chicago, one in Detroit, and three in Toronto after that.

Litzenberger also has a Bee Hive in both a Hawks and Leafs uniform.

As you may know, I collect Habs Bee Hive photos from group 2, which are those from 1944 to 1964. There are 77 in this set, and I’m missing just nine. These would be Tod Campeau, Murph Chamberlain, Gerry Couture, Eddie Dorohoy, John Hanna, Vern Kaiser, Ross Lowe, John McCormack, and George Robertson. They’re all tough to find.

2 thoughts on “Eddie Litzenberger Didn’t Dazzle In Montreal”

  1. I suppose, Dennis, that you already noticed this «weird» parallel : Eddie L. and Tony Esposito have in common that they began their NHL career with Le Canadien and won the Calder playing for the Hawks…
    A lack of vision by the organisation montréalaise ?



  2. Good one, Pierre. It happens though, and back then Montreal’s record for doing the right thing outweighed some less-than-great moves. It’s also one of those things where there isn’t always room at certain positions, a guy gets moved and succeeds. No one’s fault really. We know Tony was great, a Hall of Famer, and Litzenberger became a household name for hockey fans. Thanks for mentioning this. Good old Litzenberger, a tall and talented Black Hawk in the team’s great early ’60s years.

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