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Bert Olmstead Dead at 89


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Hall of Fame member Bert Olmstead has passed away Monday at the age of 89. Olmstead played 14 seasons with the Blackhawks, Canadiens, and Maple Leafs, winning four Cups with Montreal, and one with Toronto in his final season.

 

The Saskatchewan native wasn't known for his skating ability, and wasn't an elite goal scorer, but he was an outstanding playmaker, twice leading the league in assists. He shared the NHL record for most points in a game at eight (shared with Maurice Richard) before Darryl Sittler's ten point outburst. Olmstead was a model power forward, playing a punishing style that earned him the nickname "Dirty Bertie."

 

The list of Bert's linemates over the years reads like a who's who, as be played alongside men like Richard, Jean Beliveau, Elmer Lach, and Bernie Geoffrion.

 

RIP, Bert Olmstead.

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It used to be common practice to put a tough guy on the same line as your star. Bert Olmstead filled that role with Jean Beliveau. He really didn't fight a whole lot, but nobody screwed with him. John Ferguson, while more of a scrapper, did pretty much the same job later on.

Back in those days, you didn't get rich playing in the NHL. Olmstead was an honest player who excelled because he was willing to put it all on the line.

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