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Old 08-12-2006, 10:52 AM   #310
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The Kings select Center Milt Schmidt

Milton Conrad Schmidt (Born - March 5, 1918 in Kitchener, Ontario) is a former Professional Hockey Centerman, Coach and General Manager. He is an honoured member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

A childhood friend of fellow Hall of Famers Woody Dumart and Bobby Bauer, Schmidt played junior hockey with his mates in Kitchener, Ontario before they would all eventually join the NHL's Boston Bruins in 1934-1935. After playing a final year of junior hockey in Kitchener, Ontario and half a year with the Bruins' AHL farm team the Providence Reds, Schmidt would be called up to the Bruins during the 1936-1937 season. He would quickly prove himself as a hardnosed centerman, a skilled stickhandler and smooth playmaker.

Schmidt and his childhood friends (Bauer and Dumart) would be teamed together in the NHL as well. They would form the famous "Kraut Line". They would be a strong and dependable line for the Bruins for most of the following fifteen seasons. They were a key ingredient to the Bruins' success as they rampaged to the regular season title and a hard fought Stanley Cup victory in 1938-1939. The following season would be Schmidt's true coming out party, as he led the league in scoring and guided the Bruins to another first place finish and the third most goals in team history to date.

The 1941 season saw Schmidt spearhead the Bruins to their second Cup win in three years. The powerhouse Brown and Gold were decimated by World War II the following year as Schmidt, Bauer and Dumart enlisted in the Canadian military and superstar American goaltender Frank "Mr. Zero" Brimsek enlisted with the American Coast Guard. The Kraut Line would find success playing hockey for the Ottawa RCAF team by winning the Allan Cup before heading overseas. Schmidt, Bauer and Dumart would end up missing three productive NHL seasons due to their service in the War.

Schmidt returned for the beginning of the 1945-1946 season. He resumed his starring ways and finished fourth in league scoring in 1946-1947. Schmidt, who was named captain in 1950-1951, won the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player that year.

Finished his career with 229 goals and 346 assists for 575 points in 776 games.

At the time of his retirement, was third in NHL history in points scored and second in assists.
Named to the NHL First All-Star Team in 1940, 1947 and 1951.
Named to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 1952.
Played in All-Star Game in 1947, 1948, 1951 and 1952.
Won the Lester Patrick Trophy for contributions to hockey in 1996.
Was the last active NHL player who played during the 1930s.
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