1952-53 Hockey Season Roster
- Hab Forming: Montreal tops regular-season champ Detroit for Stanley Cup
- Rocket to the Top: Richard becomes all-time goal scorer
- And Howe: MVP Gordie Howe leads with 49 goals, 46 assists, 95 points
For the fifth consecutive season (in a run of seven straight), Detroit won the regular season, dominating with 90 points in the 70-game season. But second-place Montreal (75 points), though only eight points better than fifth-place Toronto, won the Stanley Cup.
Detroit’s Gordie Howe led the NHL with 49 goals, 46 assists and 95 points and won his second consecutive MVP award. Linemate Ted Lindsay (32 goals, 71 points) was a distant second in league scoring, while Red Wings Alex Delvecchio, Metro Prystai and Red Kelly also were among the top eight. Goalie Terry Sawchuk won his second straight Vezina Trophy.
Montreal’s Maurice Richard netted 28 goals and became the NHL’s all-time leading goal scorer. New York’s Wally Hargesheimer had 30 goals and Boston’s Fleming Mackell had 27. Chicago made the playoffs for the first time since 1946. Though the Rangers finished last, goalie Lorne Worsley was the league’s top rookie in a stellar group that included New York’s Andy Bathgate, Dean Prentice and Harry Howell.
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