April 28, 2015
Bobby Dawes played with the two most storied franchises in National Hockey League history, winning a Stanley Cup with one of them.
Born on November 29, 1924, in Saskatoon, Dawes was raised in the Bridge City, playing junior hockey in 1942-43. It was then that his hockey career saw him on the move, joining the Oshawa Generals in 1943-44, where he won a Memorial Cup.
He served in the Canadian Armed Forces briefly before joining New Haven of the American Hockey League in 1945. He would bounce around the AHL a lot over the next five years, but also enjoyed successful call-ups to the big leagues with both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens.
It was said that Dawes more cherished his brief time in Montreal, but it was in Toronto that he won the Stanley Cup in the 1948-49 season, as the Leafs knocked off the Detroit Red Wings for their third-straight title. Dawes was a late season call up, playing in just five regular season games, before playing in all nine Stanley Cup contests and earning his name on the Stanley Cup.
All told Dawes flirted with NHL success. One Stanley Cup, yes, but only 42 games played in his career, with 2 goals and 9 points to show for it. He continued on until 1967, playing various levels of semi-pro and senior hockey in British Columbia and Pennsylvania before returning to Saskatoon.
Dawes took up a job with the Saskatchewan Abilities Council, helping place people with mental disabilities gain employment within the city. He was also an avid fisherman, hunter and golfer.
Bob Dawes passed away on May 26th, 2003. He was 78 years old.