Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star recently asked several high profile members of the Toronto Maple Leafs alumni who were their Leafs idols when they were growing up. There were some great answers
“Dave Keon was the guy that I really admired for his skill and his penalty killing, his backhand shot, his work ethic. I also really liked Normie Ullman and the consistency in his game. Ronnie Ellis was great — classy guy. Even George Armstrong — I roomed with Chief in my first year. With those guys you got to feel the tradition, the passion and all that sort of stuff that those guys had gone through to win those cups. But even my own teammates — Borje, to me, he was one of the finest defencemen in the game. He didn’t win the Norris, but to me that didn’t matter. He was a very competitive guy, very good offensively, excellent defensively and tough. Not tough that he had to fight anybody, but blocking shots, taking the body, taking punishment and not being intimidated by the opposition. He was a target, but he played through all that.