Murray (Bert) Olmstead

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Murray “Bert” Olmstead (Sceptre, SK) grew up playing hockey in Sceptre, a small village located in southwestern Saskatchewan. Olmstead moved away from home in 1944, when he played Junior hockey with the Moose Jaw Canucks. Olmstead and the Moose Jaw Canucks would challenge for the next two consecutive Memorial Cups, losing both times to the St. Michael’s Majors from Ontario.

Following Olmstead’s Junior career, he had been assigned to the United States Hockey League’s Kansas City Pla-Mors. Olmstead played two full seasons before getting a shot at the National Hockey League during the 1948-49 season. Midway through the season, Olmstead would be called up to the Chicago Black Hawks and appeared in nine games, collecting two assists. The following season, he would play 70 games for the Black Hawks, scoring 20 goals, 29 assists, for 49 points. It was in the 1950-51 season that Olmstead would be traded to the Montreal Canadiens.  He went on to capture four Stanley Cups with the Canadiens, first in 1953, and then three times consecutively from 1956 to 1958. Following a knee injury, Olmstead was told to consider retirement and that lead him to be left unprotected in the 1958 Intra League Draft. Olmstead would be selected by the arch rival’ Toronto Maple Leafs where he played from 1958 to 1962. Olmstead finished his playing career on top, capturing his fifth Stanley Cup in 1962.

During Olmstead’s 848 games in the National Hockey League, he would score 181 goals, 421 assists, for 602 points along with 884 penalty minutes. Olmstead would be known as “Dirty Bertie” for his physical style of play. Olmstead’s achievements lead him to be recognized by the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985 and Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

Saskatchewan Hall of Fame

Saskatchewan Hockey Association


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