Past All-Star Alumni

The following all star alumni played in previous tournaments and helped to Stick it to Alzheimer’s!

mike-pelykMike Pelyk
mike-pelykMike Pelyk
Mike Pelyk Defense, Toronto Maple Leafs September 29, 1947, Etobicoke

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.

dale-hawerchukDale Hawerchuk
dale-hawerchukDale Hawerchuk
Dale Hawerchuk Centre, Winnipeg Jets April 4, 1963, Toronto

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-mcdonaldLanny McDonald
lanny-mcdonaldLanny McDonald
Lanny McDonald Right Wing, Toronto Maple Leafs February 16, 1953, Hanna

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.

Rob-DiMaioRob DiMaio
Rob-DiMaioRob DiMaio
Rob DiMaio Right Wing, New York Islanders February 19, 1968, Calgary

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-nienhuisKraig Nienhuis
kraig-nienhuisKraig Nienhuis
Kraig Nienhuis Left Wing, Boston Bruins May 9, 1961, Sarnia, Ontario

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-gavinStew Gavin
stew-gavinStew Gavin
Stew Gavin Left Winger, Toronto Maple Leafs March 15, 1960, Ottawa, Ontario

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.

gaston-gingrasGaston Gingras
gaston-gingrasGaston Gingras
Gaston Gingras Defence, Montreal Canadiens February 13, 1959, Témiscaming, QC, CAN

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-AntropovNik Antropov
Nik-AntropovNik Antropov
Nik Antropov Centre, Toronto Maple Leafs February 18, 1980, Oskemen, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union

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 NieuwendykAlexei 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.

tomas-kaberleTomáš Kaberle
tomas-kaberleTomáš Kaberle
Tomáš Kaberle Defence, Toronto Maple Leafs March 2, 1978, Rakovník, Czech Republic

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.

Bryan-BerardBryan Berard
Bryan-BerardBryan Berard
Bryan Berard Defense, Toronto Maple Leafs March 5, 1977, Woonsocket, Rhode Island

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-KrushelnyskiMike Krushelnyski
Mike-KrushelnyskiMike Krushelnyski
Mike Krushelnyski Left, Detroit Red Wings April 27, 1960, Montreal

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-scottJohn Scott
john-scottJohn Scott
John Scott Left wing, Montreal Canadiens September 26, 1982, Edmonton

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.

 

craig-muniCraig Muni
craig-muniCraig Muni
Craig Muni Another returnee after a couple of years, Craig will be playing in his 7th Pro-Am Left, Toronto Maple Leafs July 19, 1962, Toronto

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-IafrateAl Iafrate
al-IafrateAl Iafrate
Al Iafrate 2017 marks Al's 3rd Pro-Am Defense, Toronto Maple Leafs March 21, 1966, Michigan, United States

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).

dmitri-mironovDmitri Mironov
dmitri-mironovDmitri Mironov
Dmitri Mironov A new player to our roster, we welcome Dimitri for his 1st Pro-Am Defense December 25, 1965, Moscow, Russia

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.

wayne-primeauWayne Primeau
wayne-primeauWayne Primeau
Wayne Primeau A new player to our roster, we welcome Wayne to his first Pro-Am Centre, Toronto Maple Leafs June 4, 1976, Scarborough

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.

pat-boutettePat Boutette
pat-boutettePat Boutette
Pat Boutette A 9 year veteran of the Pro-Am, we look forward to having Pat back again Centre, Toronto Maple Leafs March 1, 1952, Windsor

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.

tom-fergusTom Fergus
tom-fergusTom Fergus
Tom Fergus 2017 marks Tom’s 3rd year in the Pro-Am Centre, Toronto Maple Leafs June 16, 1962, Chicago

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.

wendel-clarkeWendel Clark
wendel-clarkeWendel Clark
Wendel Clark As a fan favourite and veteran of the Pro-Am, 2017 marks Wendel’s 11th Pro-Am Left Wing/Defence, Toronto Maple Leafs October 25, 1966, Kelvington

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.

doug-gilmourDoug Gilmour
doug-gilmourDoug Gilmour
Doug Gilmour Right Wing, Calgary Flames Aug 17, 1985 - Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada

This Kingston native had an amazing OHL career which captured the attention of the St. Louis Blues who went on to draft him. During his time with the blues his teammates nicknamed him the “killer” for his intensity.

Gilmour was traded to Calgary where he played a big role in helping Calgary capture the 1989 Stanley Cup. He was then traded to Toronto in the 91-92 season where he played his best hockey. This pesky defensive forward quickly became a fan favourite in Toronto and is one of the most loved leaf players of all time. Gilmour played for 7 different NHL teams and record over 1400 points.

guy-lafleurGuy Lafleur
guy-lafleurGuy Lafleur
Guy Lafleur Right Wing, Montreal Canadiens September 20, 1951 - Thurso, QC

Guy Lafleur was the first player in the National Hockey League (NHL) to score 50 goals and 100 points in six straight seasons. Between 1971 and 1991, he played for the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Quebec Nordiques in an NHL career spanning 17 seasons, and five Stanley Cup championships (all 5 with the Canadiens).

darryl-sittlerDarryl Sittler
darryl-sittlerDarryl Sittler
Darryl Sittler A big fan favorite, this will be Darryl’s 10th Pro-Am Left, Toronto Maple Leafs September 18, 1950, St. Jacobs

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.

curtis-josephCurtis Joseph
curtis-josephCurtis Joseph
Curtis Joseph Goaltender, St. Louis Blues April 29, 1967, Keswick

Curtis Joseph is one of the greatest goaltenders to ever play in the NHL. Although he was usually excellent in the regular season, "Cujo" became of the most feared playoffs foes due to his penchant for elevating his game in the NHL's second season. His cat-like reflexes and indomitable competitive spirit made Joseph one of the toughest goalies for shooters to face in recent years. Curtis Joseph developed into an NHL star while guarding the net of the St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs. Curtis is a 3-time NHL all-star with a staggering 454 wins.

darcy-tuckerDarcy Tucker
darcy-tuckerDarcy Tucker
Darcy Tucker We are welcoming Darcy back for his 4th Pro-Am Right Wing, Toronto Maple Leafs March 15, 1975, Castor

Darcy Tucker is one of the feistiest players to ever lace up a pair of skates in the NHL. He would put his heart and soul into every shift. His determination and drive would overcome his smaller stature. He was a junior star with the powerful Kamloops Blazers. Montreal took note and drafted him 151st overall in the 1993 NHL draft. After being dealt to Toronto in 1999-2000 season, this Memorial Cup all-star would become an instant fan favourite for Toronto fans. He played in over 900 games and recorded over 1400 penalty minutes.

ray-bourqueRay Bourque
ray-bourqueRay Bourque
Ray Bourque Defence, Boston Bruins December 28, 1960, Saint-Laurent

In his first NHL season, he scored 65 points, won the Calder Trophy as the rookie of the year and made the first NHL All-Star team. Through twenty seasons with the Bruins, twelve as team captain, Bourque dominated with his unique combination of offensive prowess, defensive excellence and durability, earning 17 selections to NHL all-star teams. He was a five-time recipient of the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman. After 21 seasons in Boston, Bourque was traded to Colorado in 2000 and finally captured the Stanley Cup in 2001. He scored 1,579 points in 1,612 regular season games which is ranked 11th on the all-time NHL list and the most of any defenseman. His 1,169 assists rank him fourth all-time. He will undoubtedly be known as not only one of the best defenseman but one of the greatest hockey players to ever play the game.

denis-savardDenis Savard
denis-savardDenis Savard
Denis Savard Centre, Chicago Blackhawks February 4, 1961, Gatineau

He was touted as a star throughout his early hockey career. Savard's amateur teams consistently won titles at all levels of peewee, midget and provincial leagues. He was projected as a “can’t miss” prospect in the NHL. The Chicago Blackhawks drafted Savard in the 1st round, 3rd overall in the 1980 NHL Draft. After being traded to Montreal he helped them win the Stanley Cup in 1993.

Savard was among the top 10 in scoring five times in his career, including two third-place finishes. His exceptional stickhandling skating and playmaking skills earned him numerous appearances on hockey's highlight reels. Over the course of his stellar 17 year NHL career he registered 1338 points in 1196 games.

johnny-bowerJohnny Bower
johnny-bowerJohnny Bower
Johnny Bower Left, New York Rangers November 8, 1924, Prince Albert

Johnny earned the nickname "The China Wall". Bower, like his other five Original Six brethren, became famous for his fearless play. Maskless, he never shied away from an attacking player and in fact patented the most dangerous move a goalie can make - the poke-check. Diving head-first into the skates of an attacking player at full speed, Bower would routinely flick the puck off that player's stick and out of harm's way. One time he got a skate in his cheek, knocking a tooth out through his cheek. He suffered innumerable cuts to his mouth and lips and lost virtually every tooth in his mouth from sticks and pucks, but almost to his last game, he never wore a mask. And under the confident eye of coach Punch Imlach, Bower got better and better. He led the Leafs into the playoffs his first season with a miracle comeback ending to the schedule, and then lost two finals in a row before winning three consecutive Stanley Cup championships - 1962 to 1964. After he retired in 1970 as the oldest goalie ever to play in the NHL, Bower remained with the Leafs for many years as a scout and then goalie coach, putting the pads on and helping Leaf goalies in practice. At one injury-riddled time during the 1979-1980 season, he came within a whisker, at age 56, of dressing as the team's backup. A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame (1976), Bower is one of only a select few to have his number honored by the Leafs.

paul-coffeyPaul Coffey
paul-coffeyPaul Coffey
Paul Coffey 2017 marks Paul’s 10th Pro-Am Defence, Edmonton Oilers June 1, 1961, Weston, Toronto

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.

marcel-dionneMarcel Dionne
marcel-dionneMarcel Dionne
Marcel Dionne Centre, Detroit Red Wings August 3, 1951, Drummondville

A naturally gifted goal scorer and playmaker, Marcel Dionne was one of the most productive offensive performers in NHL history. He was part of the Triple Crown Line that became one of the highest-scoring trios in league history. In 1979-80 he won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s top scorer. He would go on to finish his career with 731 goals and over 1700 points. For all of his achievements he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992.

theo-fleuryTheo Fleury
theo-fleuryTheo Fleury
Theo Fleury Right Wing, Calgary Flames June 29, 1968, Oxbow

At 5 feet 6 inches, Theo Fleury is one of the smallest players in hockey, and he had to disprove many doubters and skeptics to become a bona fide NHL star. Intense and fearless, Fleury made a name for himself for more than his stature he could score, play defensively and lead teams to championships in junior hockey, in the NHL and on the international stage. Fleury helped the flames capture the Stanley Cup in 1989. He went on to play over 1000 games and record over 1000 points in the NHL.

bryan-trottierBryan Trottier
bryan-trottierBryan Trottier
Bryan Trottier Centre, New York Islanders July 17, 1956, Val Marie

Bryan Trottier played 18 seasons in the NHL with the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins. In 1976 he set a new record for most points by an NHL rookie player with 96 points. Brian holds an NHL record with most points in a period with an incredible 6 points. Trottier won the Stanley Cup 6 times as a player and once as an assistant coach. Over the course of his brilliant NHL career Trottier recorded over 1400 points. Trottier is currently the 15th highest scorer in NHL history.

joe-nieuwendykJoe Nieuwendyk
joe-nieuwendykJoe Nieuwendyk
Joe Nieuwendyk Centre, Calgary Flames September 10, 1966, Oshawa

Joe was a second round selection of the Calgary Flames, 27th overall, at the 1985 NHL Entry Draft and played 20 seasons for the Flames, Stars, New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers. He is one of only ten players in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup with three different teams, winning titles with Calgary in 1989, Dallas in 1999 and New Jersey in 2003. A two-time Olympian, Nieuwendyk won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2002 winter games. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011 and his uniform number 25 was honoured by the Flames on March 7, 2014.

gary-robertsGary Roberts
gary-robertsGary Roberts
Gary Roberts Left Wing, Calgary Flames May 23, 1966, North York

This rugged winger established himself as one of the best power forward's to ever play in the NHL. He was drafted 12th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1984 draft. Opposing team players would have their head on a swivel when Roberts was on the ice. He helped Calgary win the Stanley Cup in 1989. In the 91-92 he became the 2nd player in NHL history to score 50 goals and record over 200 penalty minutes in a single season. He would finish his career with over 1200 games and over 2500 penalty minutes.

adam-oatesAdam Oates
adam-oatesAdam Oates
Adam Oates Right, Detroit Red Wings August 27, 1962, Toronto

A hard worker without a lot of flash who was good on defence and at making plays, Adam Oates was one of the few NHL stars never to have been chosen in the draft.

Oates played nineteen seasons in the NHL for the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Edmonton Oilers. Known as an elite playmaker, Adam Oates scored 341 goals and contributed a staggering 1,079 assists for a total of 1,420 points in 1,337 regular season NHL games. He also scored 42 goals and 114 assists for 156 points in 163 playoff contests. After retiring as a player in April 2004, he served as an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils prior to joining the Capitals as their head coach for two seasons between 2012 and 2014.

In 2012, the outstanding playmaking skills of Adam Oates were recognized when he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

the-hanson-brothersThe Hanson Brothers
the-hanson-brothersThe Hanson Brothers
The Hanson Brothers Putting on the foil Old Time Hockey

The Hanson Brothers are fictional characters in the 1977 movie Slap Shot. The characters are based on three brothers who were actual hockey players; only one of them starred in the film.

The movie, which stars Paul Newman, was written by Nancy Dowd. The story was based in part upon the experiences of her brother, Ned Dowd (who appears in the film as notorious hockey player Ogie Ogelthorpe), when he played for the North American Hockey League club in Pennsylvania called the Johnstown Jets.

• Jack Hanson (David Hanson) - #16 Left Wing
• Steve Hanson (Steve Carlson) - #17 Center
• Jeff Hanson (Jeff Carlson) - #18 Right Wing

Jack Carlson was unable to act in the film as the Edmonton Oilers called him up for the WHA playoffs. In his place, Dave Hanson filled the role.

Along with their time on minor professional teams like those depicted in the film, all three of the actors playing the Hanson Brothers played in the major leagues. Steve Carlson played in 225 games, in both the NHL and the WHA. Dave Hanson played in 136 games in the NHL and WHA. Jeff Carlson played 7 games in the WHA.

marty-mcsorleyMarty McSorley
marty-mcsorleyMarty McSorley
Marty McSorley Defence, Boston Bruins May 18, 1963, Hamilton

Marty McSorley is one of the toughest players to ever play in the NHL. During the mid-80’s he was best known around the hockey world as “Wayne Gretzky’s Bodyguard”. His physical play would play a prominent role in Edmonton capturing back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1987 and 1988. In just 961 career games, he amassed over 3000 penalty minutes. Over the course of his career, he has made several television and film appearances, including Bad Boys & Con Air.

owen-nolanOwen Nolan
owen-nolanOwen Nolan
Owen Nolan Right Wing, Quebec Nordiques February 12, 1972, Belfast

The Quebec Nordiques didn't hesitate to call Nolan’s name when they picked first overall at the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. Nolan remained with the franchise when it relocated to Colorado but was traded to San Jose early in the 1995-96 season. San Jose's representative at the All-Star Game in both 1996 and 1997, Nolan gained confidence by helping Canada win the gold medal at the World Championships in 1997. Nolan's star shone brightly in 1999-00 when he finished second in the NHL with 44 goals. He also led the league with 18 power-play goals and eight points while shorthanded. In the summer of 2001, Nolan was one of eight players named to Canada's Winter Olympic Hockey Team. At Salt Lake City, he earned three assists in Canada's successful campaign in capturing the gold medal.

The Toronto Maple Leafs obtained Nolan from the Sharks days before the 2003 NHL trade deadline. Upon his arrival with the Leafs, Nolan has continued to provide grit and strong veteran leadership on the ice, while surpassing the 700 point plateau in 2003-04. Owen also played with Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild before retiring.

adam-footeAdam Foote
adam-footeAdam Foote
Adam Foote Defence, Quebec Nordiques July 10, 1971, Whitby

The native of Whitby, Ontario was best known for his physical presence and gritty play as a stay-at-home defenceman. His rugged style of play and ability to move the puck ahead to his forwards made Foote a source of frustration and admiration for the opposition. Foote was drafted out of the OHL 22nd overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the Quebec Nordiques. He began his NHL career with the Nordiques in 199192 before relocating with the franchise to Colorado, where he won two Stanley Cups in 1996 and 2001. In 2005, Foote signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets, where he served as team captain for three seasons. He then returned to the Avalanche in 2008 via trade, where he would eventually complete his playing career. Retiring in 2011, his impressive career includes over 1100 NHL games played, two Stanley Cup Championships, a Gold Medalist at 2002 Winter Olympics, and World Cup Championship.

mark-napierMark Napier
mark-napierMark Napier
Mark Napier Another veteran of the Pro-Am, 2017 is Mark’s 11th Appearance Right Wing, Montreal Canadiens January 28, 1957, North York

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-marukDennis Maruk
dennis-marukDennis Maruk
Dennis Maruk This will be Dennis’ 8th Pro-Am Centre, Lake Charles Ice Pirates November 17, 1955, Toronto

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.

shane-corsonShayne Corson
shane-corsonShayne Corson
Shayne Corson Left Wing, Montreal Canadiens August 13, 1966, Midland

Drafted 8th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1984, Shayne Corson quickly established himself as a power forward and would spend parts of eight seasons with Montreal before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers. Shayne spent three seasons with the Oilers before being dealt to the St. Louis Blues returning back to Montreal during the 1996-97 season. Shayne spent the next four seasons back with the Canadiens, representing his country on the Olympic stage in Nagano in 1998, before signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent in 2000. He spent the next three years with the Maple Leafs before signing with the Dallas Stars prior to the 2003-04 season, his last year in the NHL.

rick-vaiveRick Vaive
rick-vaiveRick Vaive
Rick Vaive Right Wing, Vancouver Canucks May 14, 1959, Ottawa

Vaive was selected fifth overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.

In 1980, the Canucks traded Vaive, along with Bill Derlago, to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Dave "Tiger" Williams and Jerry Butler. In Toronto, Vaive and Derlago were teamed with Pat Hickey, and Derlago became Vaive's setup man. Vaive scored prolifically with the Leafs, becoming the first 50-goal scorer in franchise history, surpassing that threshold three times. He recorded 54 goals in 1981-82, 51 goals in 1982-83, and 52 goals in 1983-84. He also served as captain of the Maple Leafs from 1982 to 1986.

gary-leemanGary Leeman
gary-leemanGary Leeman
Gary Leeman Right Wing, Toronto Maple Leafs February 19, 1964, Toronto

The Toronto native attended Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan and was a standout defenseman for two seasons with the WHL's Regina Pats where he was voted the league's Top Defenceman and First Team All-Star. He was chosen 24th overall by his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1982 Entry Draft and then returned to junior where he scored 86 points in 63 games. A speedy player with soft hands, Gary Leeman played nearly 700 NHL games for five different clubs. He was best known as a gritty scoring machine on the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 50-goal season to his credit.

rob-rayRob Ray
rob-rayRob Ray
Rob Ray Right Wing, Buffalo Sabres June 8, 1968, Stirling

The Buffalo Sabres drafted Ray in the 5th round, 97th overall in the 1988 NHL draft. He played two full seasons with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL), cementing his reputation as a hockey fighter with over 700 penalty minutes in 125 games. Standing at 6'0", Rob Ray was one of the toughest NHL hockey players through the 1990s. He combined an overall physical play with a lethal fighting ability. He was one of those players that you hate to play against, but love to have on your team Rob Ray ended his NHL career with 3207 career penalty minutes, ranking him 6th overall in NHL history.

mike-krushelnyskiMike Krushelnyski
mike-krushelnyskiMike Krushelnyski
Mike Krushelnyski Centre, Boston Bruins April 27, 1960, Montreal

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.

gilbert-dionneGilbert Dionne
gilbert-dionneGilbert Dionne
Gilbert Dionne Left Wing, Montreal Canadiens September 19, 1970, Drummondville

In his final OHL season with the Kichener Rangers Gilbert Dionne scored over 100 points and registered 23 points in 17 playoff games. His performance caught the attention of scouts, but because he was a 19-year-old, teams were wary about using him with a high draft pick. Finally, the Canadiens selected him in round four. He was named to the NHL All Rookie Team in 1992, and in 1993 he won the Stanley Cup with Montreal. As a two way player, he would score 20 goals in a season twice.

brad-mayBrad May
brad-mayBrad May
Brad May Left Wing, Buffalo Sabres November 29, 1971, Toronto

Brad May was drafted 14th overall by Buffalo in the 1990 draft. His tough and physical style of hockey made him a fan favourite everywhere he played. May was one of those rare players that can play with plenty of physicality and grit all while still being able to put the puck in the net.  May won the Stanley Cup in 2007 with Anaheim. May played over 1000 NHL games and recorded over 2000 penalty minutes. He would go on to play with Buffalo, Vancouver, Phoenix, Colorado, Anaheim, Toronto, and Detroit.

dan-daoustDan Daoust
dan-daoustDan Daoust
Dan Daoust With 11 Pro-Am’s to his credit, we welcome Dan back again this year Centre, Montreal Canadiens February 29, 1960, Montreal

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.

dave-mcllwainDave McLlwain
dave-mcllwainDave McLlwain
Dave McLlwain Another fan favorite, this will be Dave’s 6th Pro-Am Centre/Right Wing, Kölner Haie June 9, 1967, Seaforth

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.

ryan-vandenbusscheRyan VandenBussche
ryan-vandenbusscheRyan VandenBussche
Ryan VandenBussche Right Wing, New York Rangers February 28, 1973, Simcoe

Born in Simcoe, Ontario, Ryan VandenBussche played three seasons with the Cornwall/Newmarket Royals franchise in the early 1990s and was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. He played for 3 teams throughout his NHL career with New York Rangers (1996–1998) Chicago Blackhawks (1998–2004) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (2005–2006). VandenBussche's role was as an enforcer. He has the distinction of being pound for pound one of the toughest enforcer's at the NHL level.

tim-taylorTim Taylor
tim-taylorTim Taylor
Tim Taylor Centre, Detroit Red Wings February 6, 1969, Stratford

Born and raised in Stratford, Tim Taylor was nick named “The Toolman” for his gritty style of play. An offensive star in junior and the minors, Tim Taylor made a career for himself in the NHL by forechecking and playing excellent defence. He was drafted 36th overall by Washington in 1988 and signed with Detroit as a free agent in 1993. 1994-95, Taylor was a solid defensive player for the Red Wings and helped the team win its first Stanley Cup in 42 years, in 1997. After signing with Tampa Bay in 2001, Taylor continued to provide strong leadership and a solid defensive game while helping Tampa Bay capture its first Stanley Cup title in 2004 and the second of his career. He finished his career playing over 700 NHL games.

kevin-maguireKevin Maguire
kevin-maguireKevin Maguire
Kevin Maguire Right Wing, Toronto Maple Leafs January 5, 1963, Toronto

Kevin Maguire started his hockey career playing with the Junior A team Orillia Travelways. In 1984 he signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Maguire established himself as a hard-nosed, checker who would cause havoc in front of the enemy's net. Upon retirement, Maguire left his skates on to pursue a career as a referee. After an apprenticeship in the AHL and the IHL, he made it to the NHL in 1999.

bryan-muirBryan Muir
bryan-muirBryan Muir
Bryan Muir Returning again, this year marks Bryan’s 8th Pro-Am Defence, Edmonton Oilers Born June 8, 1973, Winnipeg

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.

brian-bellowsBrian Bellows
brian-bellowsBrian Bellows
Brian Bellows Left Wing, Minnesota North Stars September 1, 1964, St. Catharines

Brian played junior hockey with the Kitchener Rangers and led them to a Memorial Cup championship in 1981. In 1982 he entered the NHL after being drafted second overall by the Minnesota North Stars. In his second year, he was named the North Stars' captain, becoming one of the youngest players in league history to assume leadership duties. He was also a member of the 1993 Stanley Cup-winning Montreal Canadiens. Brian Bellows scored his 1,000th career point, against Toronto, on January 2, 1999, thus becoming the 54th player in the NHL to reach this career milestone.

todd-hlushkoTodd Hlushko  
todd-hlushkoTodd Hlushko  
Todd Hlushko   Left Wing, Philadelphia Flyers February 7, 1970, Guelph

Todd Hlushko was drafted by the Washinton Capitals in 1990 however he would never play a game with them. He instead spent time exclusively with the Canadian National Team. Hlushko was an integral part of the 1994 Winter Olympics team that took home a silver medal scoring 5 in 8 games. He played for Philadelphia, Calgary, Pittsburgh, and would go on to play in Germany where he enjoyed a solid 6 seasons.

troy-crowderTroy Crowder
troy-crowderTroy Crowder
Troy Crowder Right Wing, Vancouver Canucks Born May 3, 1968, Sudbury

Tory Crowder had a reputation for being one of the best enforcers in all of junior hockey, and the Devils selected him, knowing that a player such as Crowder would have a role to fill in the NHL. When he began his NHL career, Crowder had no intention of being a fighter, but he soon realized that was the sole reason for his being called up to the big leagues. He quickly earned respect around the NHL for being one of the games top enforcers. Crowder left the NHL having played in 150 games, scoring nine goals and 16 points with 433 minutes in penalties.

todd-harveyTodd Harvey
todd-harveyTodd Harvey
Todd Harvey Right Wing, Dallas Stars February 17, 1975, Hamilton

Todd grew up in the small town of Sheffield, Ontario and spent two seasons playing Jr.B. in the OHA before being selected 1st overall in the 1991 OHL Priority Selection by the Detroit Jr. Red Wings of the OHL. In 1993 the Dallas Stars drafted Todd Harvey with their first pick, 9th overall in the NHL Entry Draft. Harvey signed with the Edmonton Oilers just prior to the NHL lockout. Harvey was part of the Cinderella Edmonton Oiler team that made a run to the Stanley Cup Finals. However, the Oilers lost in game 7 of the finals to the Carolina Hurricanes.

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