Gabby Gronsdahl

Back in 1941 Lloyd "Gabby" Gronsdahl was about to embark upon his NHL career. How far he would have gotten is impossible to ascertain

After graduating from the Saskatchewan junior leagues, Gronsdahl moved to Boston where he played with the Boston Olympics of the EHL. A clean right winger with a knack for scoring goals, Gronsdahl impressed in the EHL, scoring 29 goals in 43 games. His goal scoring exploits saw him get a promotion to the NHL Boston Bruins. He played in 10 games. He scored 1 goal and 2 assists in limited ice time.

With more and more players being summoned to fight in World War II, it was hoped that Gronsdahl could step in and score some big goals during the War years. However in 1942, Gronsdahl too was called off to serve with the Canadian military.

Gronsdahl served 4 years in the military, playing hockey when he could. When he returned from the war for the 1946-47 season, "Gabby" tired out with the AHL's Hershey Bears. He struggled to fine his pre-war form in the two years with the Bears, and soon found a home in a lower minor league, the USHL, with the Tulsa Oilers. Gabby played strongly in the weaker league, scoring 81 goals in 3 years before hanging up the blades.


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