Left winger Carl Liscombe played nearly 400 games for the Detroit Red Wings in the 30s and 40s. He was a fine NHLer and later dominated the minor leagues, particularly the AHL.
Born in Perth, Ontario, "Lefty" Liscombe played a year of senior hockey with the Hamilton Tigers before joining the IAHL's Detroit Olympics in 1935-36. He moved on to the Pittsburgh Hornets of the AHL the next season before scoring 14 goals as an NHL rookie for the Wings in 1937-38.
Liscombe was a fine scorer on Detroit through the 1945-46 season. He was a key member of the 1943 Stanley Cup champions and scored 36 goals in 1943-44 while playing on a line with Syd Howe and Mud Bruneteau. In all, Liscombe hit double figures in goals scored seven times in nine big league seasons.
In 1946-47, the veteran forward began a four year stretch where he terrorized goalies in the AHL. In 1948 and 1949 he hit the 50-goal mark for the Providence Reds and was the recipient of the Les Cunningham Award as league MVP both years. He was also named to the AHL first and second all-star teams once each and won the scoring race with 118 points in 1947-48. In 1949 Liscombe helped Providence win the Calder Cup. After marching through AHL defenses, the savvy veteran moved into the IHL briefly. In 1950-51 he was voted on to the league's second all-star team after scoring 29 goals for the Sarnia Sailors and Detroit Hettche. Liscombe retired in 1954 after playing two years of senior hockey with the Chatham Maroons of the OHA.
Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame