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March 08, 2010

Hockey's Oscars

In the spirit of the Academy Awards, I thought it would be an opportune time to look at hockey's Oscars. If I'm not mistaken, there have only been four players in NHL history with the name Oscar.

The most interesting story is that of Oscar "Ossie" Asmundson. The Red Deer native played 111 NHL games for 5 teams in the 1930s, most notably the New York Rangers. He later moved to Hollywood and became a lighting technician on the sets of movies and television shows.

St. Hyachinthe, Quebec's Oscar "Ossie" Aubuchon is often confused for Ossie Asmundson, even though he played a decade later. He, too, played most notably for the New York Rangers.

Oscar Hanson played just 8 games in the NHL, all with the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1937-38 season. The Camrose, Albertan born Hanson enjoyed a long career with St. Paul and later Minneapolis in the American Hockey Association, retiring in 1942.

And of course there is also Oscar Moller, the Los Angeles Kings promising Swedish sophomore. He's battled some injury problems early in his career.


Gregg said...

Don't forget Oskar Osala.. Ok its spelled different. lol But he plays for Albany in the A now.

Anonymous said...

And you cant overlook current NHLer Oskars Bartulis.

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