The following all-star alumni are confirmed to help Stick it to Alzheimer’s in May 2018! A huge THANK YOU to all the alumni who make Pro-Am possible!
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.
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.
A graduate of the WHL, Colton Orr played four seasons with the Swift Current Broncos, Kamloops Blazers and Regina Pats between 1999-2003 before making his professional debut in 2002-03 after signing as a free agent with the Boston Bruins. Colton spent the first two years of his professional career playing with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League, amassing 536 penalty minutes in 125 games, before making his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins for one game during the 2003-04 season.
He would establish himself as one the NHL’s most feared enforcers by the 2005-06 season, splitting time between the Boston Bruins & New York Rangers, and went on to spend the next three season in the Big Apple before signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent prior to the 2009-10 season. He was brought to Toronto to add more “pugnacity, testosterone and truculence” as stated by former Maple Leafs General Manager, Brian Burke, and would spend parts of the next six seasons with the Blue & White before finishing his career with the Stockton Heat (AHL) during the 2015-16 season. In all, Colton played in 477 career regular season games, scoring 12 goals and 12 assists while adding 1186 penalty minutes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Matthew was the fourth round, 84th overall selection of the Buffalo Sabres in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.
In his first full season with the Buffalo Sabres the NHL the Ottawa, Ontario native led the league with 335 minutes in penalties.
After a run of almost five seasons in the Buffalo organization, Barnaby was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins before he was shipped off to Tampa Bay. Always noticeable when on the ice, Barnaby became a fan favorite in Tampa Bay with his feisty play and give all attitude. In 2001-02, he was off to the New York Rangers. Barnaby jumped from Colorado to Chicago to Dallas over three seasons. As a member of the Stars, he would suit up for 39 games with the club before suffering a concussion in a January 9, 2007 in a game against the Coyotes. The concussion Barnaby suffered caused him to miss the remainder of the season and eventually end his career after 834 career NHL games played.
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.
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.
Owen Nolan began playing ice hockey at the age of nine. Ireland-born, he moved to Ontario at the age of seven months and spent 1988 through 1990 as a member of the Cornwall Royals of the Ontario Hockey League prior to being drafted by the Quebec Nordiques of the National Hockey League in 1990. In the OHL he won the Emms Family Award as league Rookie of The Year in 1989 and the Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy as the top scoring right winger in 1990.
Aside from six games with the Halifax Citadels of the American Hockey League during his first season, he stayed with the Nordiques until the 1995-1996 season (when they became the Colorado Avalanche), at which point he was traded to the San Jose Sharks. His long tenure with the team lasted until 2003 (captaining the squad from 1998 until his departure) and along the way he made an appearance for Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics, suiting up for six matches and taking home one of Canadas first Olympic ice hockey gold medals in a half century.
He was traded to the Toronto Maple leafs for the final half of the 2002-2003 season, but emerged after the 2004-2005 NHL Lockout and a year off to nurse a knee injury as a member of the Phoenix Coyotes. He spent the following two seasons with the Calgary Flames (2007-2008) and the Minnesota Wild (2008-2009).
He was drafted by the New York Islanders fifth overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
Torres was drafted out of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), where he played three seasons with the Brampton Battalion. Beginning in 2001–02, he turned professional with the Islanders' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. He spent the better part of two seasons in the AHL before the Islanders traded him to the Oilers in 2003. He played five seasons in Edmonton, becoming a full-time NHL player with the club. He recorded career numbers as an Oiler in 2005–06, while also helping them to the Stanley Cup Finals that year. In the 2008 off-season, he was dealt to the Blue Jackets, where he played the better part of two seasons. After a brief stint with the Sabres in 2009–10, he signed with the Canucks and played one year for them where they reached the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. Torres then signed with the Phoenix Coyotes and then with the San Jose Sharks. Internationally, he represented Canada at the 2001 World Junior Championships, winning a bronze medal.
Torres retired from the NHL in November 2016.
Thornton was drafted in the first round (3rd overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. He played thirty-three games for the team his rookie season, accumulating one goal and three assists. He also played left wing for the Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks.
He was signed by San Jose as a free agent on July 1, 2000. In his first season with San Jose, he had a career year, scoring twenty goals playing alongside gritty centre Mike Ricci.
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 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.
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.