They weren't expected to win the Cup this year. They had a poor regular season (22-25-13). But the battle tested Leafs, experimenting with oxygen tanks on the bench, found their game in the playoffs!
The Leafs definitely owe Turk Broda a big thank you for this championship. The star goaltender was at his big-game career best in winning eight of his nine games, his only loss coming in overtime to Boston in the semi-finals. Detroit led the league in goals during the season, but could only slip five past the veteran in four games in the Stanley Cup finals. Broda saved over 93% of the shots he faced and was heroic in game 3 against Detroit when he held the team in for two periods until they came back to win.
Ted Kennedy, Toronto's newly ordained team captain following the retirement of Syl Apps, had another great playoffs, finishing only behind Gordie Howe in the scoring derby.
The Leafs were not done yet, either.
That gives a look back at two full decades of Stanley Cup play. Here's an index of the Stanley Cup capsules to help you better navigate the site: