Skip to main content

Former Toronto Maple Leafs Forward Milan Marcetta Passes Away

The Victoria Times Colonist obituary section included a former Toronto Maple Leafs player this weekend. Milan Marcetta has passed away at age 78.

Milan Marcetta was popular player on Vancouver Island back in the mid-1960s. He, along with the likes of Bob Barlow and Andy Hebenton, starred with the Victoria Maple Leafs of the Western Hockey League. Marcetta recorded 102 goals and 237 points in 201 regular-season games with Victoria. He led Victoria to the Lester Patrick Cup championship in 1966.

At the end of the 1966-67 season he and teammate Aut Erickson were called up to the Leafs for playoff reinforcements. Marcetta ended up playing in three games all in the Stanley Cup final - his first three games in the National Hockey League! Of course the Leafs won the Cup that year, and he and Erickson got their names inscribed on it.

When the NHL finally expanded the following year Marcetta became property of the Minnesota North Stars. He ended up playing in 54 games with the North Stars over the next two seasons, but never really stuck in the NHL. He ended up back in the minor leagues, bouncing around from Rochester to Memphis to Phoenix and to Denver (winning another Lester Patrick Cup in 1972).

But this Alberta prairie boy's heart was always back on Vancouver Island. After he retired he moved back to Victoria. He became a property manager while operating a large hockey school.


102646 said…
Milli was a great guy, super skater and play maker.

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