Hall of Fame Professional Hockey Player, Coach. For fourteen seasons (1948 to 1962), he played at the left-wing position in the National Hockey League with the Chicago Black Hawks, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. Born Murray Albert Olmstead, he was raised in Moose Jaw and began his lengthy association in the sport, with the Moose Jaw Canucks during the 1944-1945 season. During the course of his career, he experienced five Stanley Cup titles (1953, 1956 to 1958 with Montreal and 1962 with Toronto) and individually achieved all-star status four-time (1953, 1956, 1957 and 1959). While with the Canadiens, Olmstead along with Jean Beliveau and Maurice 'Rocket' Richard formed one of the greatest lines in NHL history. Additionally, Olmstead lead the league in assists twice (1955 with 48 and 1956 with 56). In 848 career regular season games, he compiled 181 goals, with 421 assists. After retiring as a player, he briefly coached the now-defunct Oakland Seals (1967 to 1968). Olmstead was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985. He died of complications from a stroke.
Bio by: C.S.