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Drafted 17th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1964, Mike Pelyk would spend two seasons playing for the Toronto Marlboros of the OHA before making his professional debut during the 1966-67 season where he split time between the Tulsa Oilers (CPHL) and the Maple Leafs. The swift moving skater would spend parts of seven seasons with Toronto, breaking out with a 31 point campaign during the 1973-74 season, before signing with the Vancouver Blazers of the WHA. He would spend a season in Vancouver before his rights were traded to the Cincinnati Stingers where he would serve as team captain during the 1975-76 season. At the conclusion of that season, Pelyk’s rights were traded back to Toronto and he would suit up with the Maple Leafs for parts of the next two seasons. Throughout his NHL career, Pelyk played in 441 regular season games, scoring 26 goals and adding 88 assists for 114 points along with 566 penalty minutes.
Hawerchuk was drafted 1st overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 1981, and became the youngest player in NHL history to reach 100 points, a record since broken by Sidney Crosby in 2006. His incredible freshman season was good enough to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year. Dale played the majority of his career with the Winnipeg Jets, but also played for the Buffalo Sabres, St Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers.
The Toronto born Hawerchuk also represented Canada on the international level. He played for his first home country in the 1987 Canada Cup and was named Team Canada’s MVP with a goal and 2 assists in the decisive third game of the finals. Dale announced his retirement from the game following the 1996-97 season at the age of 34. He retired with 1,409 points, placing him 17th on the career NHL points list.
Lanny McDonald is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies and Calgary Flames. He played over 1,100 games during a 16-year career in which he scored 500 goals and over 1,000 points. His total of 66 goals in 1982–83 remains the Flames' franchise record for a single season.
McDonald was selected by the Maple Leafs as the fourth overall pick in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft and established himself as an offensive forward with three consecutive 40-goal seasons in Toronto in the mid-1970s. His trade to the Rockies in 1979 resulted in Toronto fans protesting the deal in front of Maple Leaf Gardens. He played parts of three seasons in Denver, before he was sent to Calgary in 1981 where he spent the remainder of his career. He co-captained the Flames to a Stanley Cup championship in his final season of 1988–89.
DiMaio was selected 118th overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders but didn't make his NHL debut until January 8, 1989 and scored his first goal five nights later on January 13 against the New Jersey Devils. In 1991-92, he joined the NHL ranks full-time. On June 18, 1992, the Tampa Bay Lightning claimed DiMaio in the Expansion Draft. In his first season with his new team, he scored 24 points. In 1993-94, he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. Then, in the shortened 1994-95 season, he helped the Flyers win the Atlantic Division title and reach the playoffs for the first time in six years. In the playoffs, DiMaio scored six points in 15 games as the team advanced to the Eastern Conference finals before losing to the Devils. Over the course of his career, he played for the Islanders, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, and was one of the original Lightning players during Tampa's inaugural season.
Kraig was signed as a college free agent by the Boston Bruins in 1985. In his first 84 games, he would score 20 goals. After leaving the NHL, Kraig moved to Europe where he continue to play for another 11 seasons. Today, he is a singer/songwriter who entertains at any and all functions and events . Kraig has performed at 3 Winter Classic games, and most recently was a featured performer at the Edmonton Oilers 30 Year Stanley Cup Reunion celebration. In addition, Kraig performed in front of a world record audience of 115,000 when the Michigan Wolverines took on the Michigan State Spartans at The Big Chill at The Big House in 2010.
Stew Gavin came up through the amateur ranks with the Toronto Marlboros of the OHA from 1977 to 1980. While there, he established himself as a quick-skating plumber who could flesh out any respectable roster with his intensely determined style of play. In 1980, he was picked up by the Toronto Maple Leafs who, after a brief tryout, dispatched him to the New Brunswick Hawks of the AHL to refine his game.
But it wasn't until 1983-84 that he became an NHL regular. At that time, he became the Blue and White's designated checker and penalty killer. But the team was stuck on a losing track year in and year out. In 1985, the team sought to bolster its defensive corps by surrendering Gavin to the Hartford Whalers in exchange for blueliner Chris Kotsopoulos.
Traded to Hartford by Toronto for Chris Kotsopoulos, October 7, 1985. Claimed by Minnesota from Hartford in Waiver Draft, October 3, 1988.
From early on Gaston could skate like the wind was at his back. His blueline mobility made him a bluechip prospect wherever he played. As a member of the Montreal Canadiens, he humbly slipped into the dressing room to apprentice with the likes of Robinson, Gainey, Lafleur and Shutt. But four seasons into his dream, he was dealt to the rival Maple Leafs where he toiled for several years before a return gig in Montreal. In 1986, Gingras reached the peak of his career, winning his first and only Stanley Cup as the Canadiens ousted the Flames in five games. Gingras rounded out his NHL career with the St. Louis Blues before heading to Europe to play for five seasons in Switzerland and Italy.
Nik Antropov was was drafted tenth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. When Owen Nolan joined the Maple Leafs in March 2003, Antropov changed his number from #11 (Nolan's number for the San Jose Sharks) to #80, the year of his birth. In 2003–04, Leaf coach Pat Quinn formed a line with Joe Nieuwendyk, Alexei Ponikarovsky, and Antropov. This line was dubbed the "Skyline" because of the players' height. On July 2, 2009, Antropov signed a four-year deal with the Atlanta Thrashers as a free agent. His first year with the Atlanta Thrashers was his most successful scoring 24 goals and 43 assists. Following the team's relocation to Winnipeg in the summer of 2011, Antropov had the honor of scoring the first goal of the new Winnipeg Jets on October 9, 2011 against the Montreal Canadiens.
Tomáš Kaberle is a retired former Czech professional ice hockey defenceman. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL), most notably for the Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as for the Boston Bruins, with whom he won the Stanley Cup. A four-time NHL All-Star, Kaberle also played for the Czech national team and won a bronze medal with the team at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Kaberle is currently the second-highest scoring defenceman in Maple Leafs franchise history, behind only Börje Salming. Though Kaberle began and played most of his career with Toronto, it was only after he was traded to the Boston Bruins that he won his first Stanley Cup.
After winning the CHL Rookie of the Year Award as a member of the Detroit Whalers in 1995, Bryan Berard was drafted 1st overall by the Ottawa Senators. He would later be dealt to the New York Islanders where he would begin his NHL career in 1996-97. While he had a standout rookie season in New York, where he won the NHL’s Rookie of the Year Award after a 48 point campaign, Berard would be dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1998-99 season. He helped lead the Leafs to a conference semi-final later that spring but that would be his only playoff appearance with the Leafs after sustaining a career threatening eye injury late in the 1999-2000 season. After sitting out a year to rehab, Berard would sign with the New York Rangers prior to the 2001-2002 season. He spent a year with the Rangers, a year with the Boston Bruins (2002-03) and a year with the Chicago Blackhawks (2003-04) where he would win the Bill Masterton Trophy for his perseverance and dedication to the game of hockey. He would sit out the following season before spending two season with the Columbus Blue Jackets (2005-07), a year back with the New York Islanders (2007-08) before spending his final professional hockey season with Vityaz Chekhov of the KHL. Berard represented the United States of America at the World Junior Championships in 1995 & 1996, the World Championships in 1997 and the Nagano Olympics in 1998. Throughout his NHL career, Berard played in 619 regular season games, scoring 76 goals and adding 247 assists for 323 points along with 10 points in 20 playoff games.
Mike Krushelnyski was a versatile forward who was equally proficient at left wing and centre. He was a good stickhandler with a long reach who could score, set up plays and check. “Krusher” was selected 120th overall by the Boston Bruins in 1979 NHL draft. After being traded to Edmonton, Krushelnyski scored 13 points in 18 games while helping the Oilers repeat as Stanley Cup champions. He would go on to win 4 Stanley Cups and record over 500 points in his 15 year NHL career.
John Scott signed by the Minnesota Wild on December 31, 2006. The 6'8'' Scott quickly made a name for himself as a true NHL heavyweight. The Edmonton native played for seven teams over 10 seasons, finishing with five goals, 11 points, 544 penalty minutes and one great story to tell his kids. What started as a joke on the Internet turned into a life-changing few months for the popular enforcer. As a result of the online campaign, Scott garnered more votes than any player for the all-star game. Despite the league's initial resistance, Scott's addition to the all-star game made for one of the best hockey stories in ages. The 6-foot-8 behemoth would go on to score two goals in the three-on-three tournament and was voted MVP by the fans. Scott played one game after his fairytale all-star appearance with the Montreal Canadiens before returning to Michigan to be with his family.
Like most boys, Toronto native Craig Muni dreamed of playing for the hometown Toronto Maple Leafs, but unlike most boys, Muni's dream became a reality. But from there the dream took a different path.
Known as a defensive specialist, open ice hitter, penalty killer and a shot blocker, Muni won three Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers in 1987, 1988, and 1990 and also played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Dallas Stars and Winnipeg Jets. He retired in 1998. He led the league three times in Plus Minus while a member of the Oilers.
Al Iafrate was selected fourth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft after a standout career with the Detroit Compuware Spitfires and a short but distinguished stay with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL. Iafrate played 799 career NHL games over twelve NHL seasons, scoring 152 goals and 311 assists for 463 points. He also compiled 1301 penalty minutes. His best season statistically was the 199293 season, when he scored 25 goals and 41 assists with the Washington Capitals. He is perhaps most famous for his rocket slap shot that set the NHL Skills Competition record in 1993 which stood to 16 years, at 105.2 miles per hour (169.3km/h).
After a successful start to his professional hockey career in Russia, Dmitri Mironov was drafted in the 8th Round (160th overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. Dmitri would spend one more season in Russia before crossing the pond and suiting up with the Maple Leafs at the end of the 1991-92 season. He would cement himself as a regular in Toronto’s lineup during the 1992-93 season and took part in back-to-back Conference Finals appearances in his first two NHL seasons, including a 15 points in 18 games performance during the 1993-94 playoffs. Dmitri played one more year in Toronto before being dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins prior to the 1995-96 season in a trade that brought Larry Murphy to the Maple Leafs. After a year and a half in Pittsburgh, including another Conference Finals trip, Dmitri was traded to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks where he would spend two highly productive seasons playing with the likes of Paul Kariya & Teamu Selanne. During his second season in Anaheim, Mironov won a silver medal with Team Russia at the Nagano Olympics and was traded to the Detroit Red Wings shortly after returning. Dmitri would win the Stanley Cup with Detroit later that spring before signing with the Washington Capitals. After three seasons in Washington, Dmitri retired from the NHL in 2001. He played in 556 career regular season games, scoring 54 goals and adding 206 assists for 260 points.
After a successful sophomore season with the Owen Sound Platers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Wayne Primeau was selected 17th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He returned to Owen Sound for the 1994-95 season before getting his first taste of NHL action later that season when he was called up to play in one game for Buffalo and scored his first NHL goal. Wayne would return to the OHL for the 1995-96 season, split between Owen Sound and Oshawa, before turning pro on a full time with Buffalo and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Rochester later that season. He played 24 games in Rochester to open the 1996-97 season before getting the permanent call-up to NHL. In all, Primeau lasted parts of 5 seasons with Buffalo before being traded to Tampa Bay during the 1999-2000 season. Primeau would spend parts of 3 seasons with Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh & San Jose, parts of 2 seasons in Boston and parts of 3 seasons with Calgary before being acquired in a trade by the Toronto Maple Leafs in July, 2009. Wayne played his final NHL season in 2009-10 with the Maple Leafs before hanging his skates up. In all, Primeau played in 774 career regular season games, scoring 69 goals and adding 125 assists for 194 points.
Born in Windsor, Ontario, Pat Boutette went the college route, playing his NCAA hockey with the University of Minnesota-Duluth, following a season with the London Knights of the OHA. Boutette was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 9th round of the 1972 NHL Entry Draft (139th overall) and would spend the first two years of his professional career with the organization’s CHL affiliate in Oklahoma City. In 1975-76, he was called up to the big club and skated on a line with Dave “Tiger” Williams and Jack Valiquette.
In his fifth season with the Leafs, Boutette was traded to the Hartford Whalers, a team he would average nearly a point per game with over a season and a half. Following the 1980-81 season, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins where he would spend the next four seasons before returning to Hartford for a brief stint. Boutette retired in 1985 and finished his NHL career with 756 regular season games played, scoring 171 goals and adding 282 assists for 453 points.
After playing his minor hockey in Chicago, Tom Fergus went on to play his junior hockey for the Peterborough Petes and was selected by the Boston Bruins in the 3rd round (60th overall) of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. Fergus would return to Peterborough for the 1980-81 season before jumping straight to the NHL with the Bruins in 1981-82 where he put up 39 points in 61 games during his rookie season. Over the next three seasons, Fergus would develop into a solid second line center for the Bruins and put up a career high 73 points during the 1984-85 season. That offseason, Fergus was traded to Toronto for Bill Derlago and responded with a career high 31 goals and matched his 73 points from the season prior. He would spend the next six seasons with the Leafs before being picked up by the Vancouver Canucks partway through the 1991-92 season. Fergus would spend time with Vancouver from 1991-93 before signing with EV Zug of the Swiss League. After two seasons in Switzerland, Tom Fergus retired in 1995. Throughout his NHL career, Fergus played in 726 regular season games, scoring 235 goals and adding 346 assists for 581 points.
If there was a list of the most popular Toronto Maple Leaf players of all-time, one could be certain that the name Wendel Clark would be right near the top. The former Maple Leafs' captain was idolized by thousands of hockey fans, and held a status, which was nothing short of legendary during more than a decade of service with the blue and white. Clark was selected first overall in the 1985 NHL Draft by the Maple Leafs. His rough and tumble style made him a fan favourite in Toronto. He scored at least 20 goals on six occasions and was a two time NHL All-Star.
Selected as the Leafs’ first pick and eighth over-all in the 1970 Entry Draft, Sittler’s offensive exploits began to shine during his third-season in the league when he scored 77 points. At the age of 24, he became the second-youngest captain in team history. On February 7, 1976 in a game against the Boston Bruins, Sittler scored six goals and added four assists to set a NHL record one that still stands today for most points in a game with 10. That record-breaking moment helped Sittler become the first ever Maple Leaf to reach 100 points in a single season. Later that April, Sittler’s sensational scoring streak would continue in the Stanley Cup playoffs when he scored five goals in a single game against the Philadelphia Flyers, tying a playoff record. On September 15, 1976 during the Canada Cup final Darryl scored the tournament winning goal for Canada. In 1989, Sittler was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Smooth-skating Paul Coffey embodied everything an offensive defenseman could be - lightning fast, a skilled playmaker, a booming shot and savvy, yet still able to defend his team's zone employing blinding speed. Through twenty-one NHL seasons, Paul Coffey was named to either the First or Second All-Star Team eight times, and as the Norris Trophy winner on three occasions. He also appeared in fourteen NHL All-Star Games and represented Canada at four Canada/World Cup tournaments. Paul retired as the highest scoring defenseman in NHL playoff history and the second most proficient defenseman in NHL regular season history. He finished his career with an outstanding 1531 points.
Mark Napier was blessed with blinding speed and a natural scoring ability. In 1974-75 while playing with the OHA's Toronto Marlboros he registered 66 goals in the regular season and then led all playoff scorers with 24 goals and 48 points when the team won the Memorial Cup. Following the season he was named to the OHA first all-star team. Napier turned pro in 1975-76 with the Toronto Toros of the WHA. That year he earned the Lou Kaplan trophy as the league's top rookie. He was selected tenth overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft. He accounted for 235 career goals with four different NHL clubs, won two Stanley Cups then excelled in Europe for four seasons.
Dennis Maruk was a classic case of a small man looking to excel in a big man’s game. He would get his chance when he was selected 21st overall in the 1975 NHL draft by the California Golden Seals. He was traded to Washington where he would register 50 goals twice and one incredible campaign where he tallied 60 goals and 76 assists for a total of 136 points. Only nine players in league history have scored as many goals in a single season as Dennis Maruk and only eight players equaled or surpassed his single-season point totals. As a result, Maruk was selected for the All-Star team in 1978 and 1982.
After spending his junior career with the Cornwall Royals of the QMJHL and two seasons with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the AHL, Dan Daoust was called up to the Montreal Canadiens in 1982-83 where he played four games and tallied one assist. Soon thereafter, Daoust was off to join the Toronto Maple Leafs, where the bulk of his NHL career would be played. In 48 games with the Leafs that year, Daoust contributed 18 goals and 33 assists for 51 points. He had high expectations for himself the following year, and he came through as promised. In 78 games, Daoust averaged almost a point per game, scoring 18 times while assisting on 56 others for 74 points.
Daoust played a total of eight years in Toronto, becoming a fan favourite along the way. Despite his lack of size, he was always willing to stick his nose into a scrum. The final numbers for Daoust read 522 games played, 87 goals, 167 assists, 254 points, and 544 minutes in penalties.
After a fine junior career as a goal scorer with the OHL's North Bay Centennials, McLlwain was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1986. Over the course of his NHL career, McLlwain would play for 6 different NHL teams. McLlwain is best known for playing for a record four different NHL teams in one season during the 1991–92 season. Dave McLlwain took his act to Europe where he enjoyed a solid 12 seasons. He played 501 NHL games recording over 200 points.
Bryan Muir played for Canada’s National team in a tournament in Moscow where he impressed the Edmonton Oilers as they signed him to a try out. Muir was a gritty defenseman that did not have a problem with protecting his teammates. In 2001 the Colorado Avalanche acquired Muir to some strength to their defense course. Muir and the Avalanche ended up winning the Stanley Cup that year. Over his 12 year NHL career, he played for 7 different franchises recording 281 penalty minutes in 279 games.