December 29, 2013

Top Ten Toronto Maple Leafs of All Time

Take a look at this great old photo I found. It's David Letterman wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey:



Naturally, upon seeing this photo I became immediately obligated to come up with a Top Ten list of the greatest Toronto Maple Leafs of all time. There is a long list of great players to wear the blue and white, but to my amazement the best Leafs player I've seen in my lifetime - Doug Gilmour - did not make the list.

10. King Clancy - The first of many great hockey heroes at Maple Leaf Gardens, Francis Clancy was truly the King of Carlton Street.

 9. Tim Horton - Known now for Honey Dip TimBits, Double Doubles and Rrrrroll up the Rrrim to Win, Tim Horton was originally a Hall of Fame blue liner.

8. Darryl Sittler - The hard working center a 1976-77 season few Leaf fans will ever forget. 

7. Mats Sundin - Affable Swede leads all Leafs in history in goals and points.

6. Dave Keon - This beloved Toronto Maple Leaf was an offensive threat and defensive ace, he did it all while picking up only 151 PIMs in 1725 big league games.

5. Borje Salming - The NHL's great European influx would never have been possible without a great pioneer. That man was Borje Salming.

4. Frank Mahovlich - The Big M is one of Toronto's most cherished superstars. He led the Leafs to 4 Stanley Cups, but his detractors, namely coach Imlach, made sure he paid a heavy price.

3. Johnny Bower - "The China Wall" was an aging superstar goalie before he even made it to the NHL. His profile includes war stories and a full version of his song Honky The Christmas Goose.

2. Syl Apps - A CFL footballer, an Olympic pole vaulter, and a politician, Syl Apps will always be remembered as a Toronto Maple Leafs legend.

1. Teeder Kennedy - C'mmmon Teeder! was one of the favorite cries from the hallowed stands of Maple Leaf Gardens. The faithful of the white and blue were cheering on Teeder Kennedy, one of the greatest playoff performers of all time.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As a Leafs fan for over 50 years I could not disagree more with your top 10 Leafs list.

As the author of Legends of the Leafs, Bruce Meharg, I compiled several years ago, a more comprehesive list as follows:

1 Dave Keon
2 Frank Mahovlich
3 Borje Salming
4 Charlie Conacher
5 Tim Horton
6 Johnny Bower
7 Darryl Sittler
8 Ted Kennedy
9 Mats Sundin
10 Turk Broda
11 Syl Apps
12 Doug Gilmour
13 Busher Jackson
14 King Clancy
15 Red Kelly
16 Hap Day
17 Lanny McDonald
18 Sid Smith
19 Allan Stanley
20 Rick Vaive

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