Skip to main content

Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings All Time Dream Teams

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings have a historic rivalry. Many of those memories and stories will be retold by fans and players alike as not one but two Winter Classic alumni contests are to be played today.

Which got me thinking: If we could see the two franchises' all time dream teams face-off? Below I offer my Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings All Time Dream Teams. I have disregarded positioning to some degree, playing centers on the wing and not worrying about left vs. right defenders.

Frank Mahovlich - Dave Keon - Charlie Conacher
Busher Jackson - Syl Apps - Teeder Kennedy
Bob Pulford -  Darryl Sittler - Lanny McDonald 
Wendel Clark - Doug Gilmour - Mats Sundin

Tim Horton - Borje Salming
King Clancy - Red Horner
Allan Stanley - Hap Day

Johnny Bower
Turk Broda

Ted Lindsay - Sid Abel - Gordie Howe
Brendan Shanahan - Steve Yzerman - Sergei Fedorov
Mickey Redmond - Alex Delvecchio - Syd Howe
Henrik Zetterberg - Pavel DatsyukNorm Ullman

Red Kelly - Nicklas Lidstrom
Marcel Pronovost - Jack Stewart
Gary Bergman - Vladimir Konstantinov

Terry Sawchuk
Harry Lumley


Popular posts from this blog

100 Greatest Hockey Players Of All Time

What follows is a listing of the 100 greatest hockey players of all time, in my opinion. As discussed earlier, the definition of greatness is a very personalized endeavor and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.
While there is no way of ever truly ranking the top 100 definitively, it is important for the creators of such lists to be open and transparent of how the came to their conclusions. That accountability allows the reader to better understand the process. 

Although admittedly I'm using a completely unscientific formula, I weigh career achievements (era statistics, awards, championships) and legacy (impact on and off ice, peak dominance) equally high. I rank player ability as the third most important ingredient, as first and foremost as a tie breaker. Hence, I'm not necessarily looking for the better player, as in text book definitions of what a hockey player should be, but for players with the greatest careers and greatest legacies. Therefore the best player is not n…

Top Ten Junior Players Of All Time

Let's take a look at the Top Ten junior players of all time. For the purposes of this list we will at players in the WHL, OHL and QMJHL only.

10. Pat Lafontaine, Verdun, QMJHL Rookie-record 104 goals, 234 points in 1982-83; major junior player of the year.

9. Denis Potvin, Ottawa, OHL 254 games, 95 goals, 234 assists, 329 points. Broke Bobby Orr's junior records.

8. John Tavares, Oshawa, OHL 215 goals, 433 points in 247 games; most goals in OHL history; eligibility rules changed to admit him at 15; 2006 major junior rookie of the year, 2007 major junior player of the year; two world juniors, named 2009 all-star, top forward and MVP.

7. Sidney Crosby, Rimouski, QMJHL 120 goals, 303 points in 121 games; two-time major junior player of the year; silver and gold with Canada at two world juniors.

6. Eric Lindros, Oshawa, OHL 97 goals, 216 points in 95 games; one Memorial Cup victory; three world junior tournaments; major junior player of the year in 1991.

5. Mike Bossy, Laval, Q…

Greatest Hockey Legends: M