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Position: Right Wing
Birthdate: December 20, 1909
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario
Died: December 30, 1967
First Season: 1929-30, with Toronto
Last Season: 1940-41, with NY Americans
Teams: Toronto (1930-38)
Detroit (1939)
NY Americans (1940-41)
 
 
Career Stats GP G A PTS PIM
Leaf Totals 326 200 124 324 411
NHL Totals 459 225 173 398 523
 

The Toronto Maple Leafs came into their own in the 1930s, reaching the league finals seven times in the decade and winning the Stanley Cup in 1932. The recipe for success was toughness provided by Hap Day, leadership by King Clancy, and scoring by Charlie Conacher. Conacher was the franchise's first real offensive dynamo, and was a threat to score whenever he was on the ice. His thunderous shot found the back of the net more often than not, and the Toronto native managed to combine a deft scoring touch with a bruising presence in the corners. The right-winger had a swashbuckling presence on the ice, and an aura that was fortified by league-wide offensive dominance. Conacher was the league's top scorer in both 1934 and 1935, and led the league in goals five times during the 1930s.

"The Big Bomber", as Conacher was also known, led the way for one of hockey's most talented families. Lionel Conacher, the father of ex-Leaf Brian Conacher, was named Canada's Athlete of the Half-Century. Charlie was also the role model for an entire generation of descendants: Roy, Pete and Bert Conacher all having reached the professional level at various points in their professional careers. Charlie Conacher was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961 and still holds the Leaf record for fastest game-opening goal. On February 6, 1932 Conacher scored seven seconds into a game vs. Boston.

 

It was fitting that one of the purest goal scorers in Toronto history recorded the first-ever Leaf goal at Maple Leaf Gardens. Charlie Conacher scored the Leafs' only goal in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on November 12, 1931. Conacher's goal started a 68-year run in the historic building that saw the Leafs run up a record of 1,215 wins, 768 losses and 356 ties.


  • Honoured Jersey Number, Toronto Maple Leafs, 1997-98
  • Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, 1961
  • NHL First All-Star Team Right Wing, 1935-36
  • NHL First All-Star Team Right Wing, 1934-35
  • League's Leading Scorer, NHL, 1934-35
  • NHL First All-Star Team Right Wing, 1933-34
  • Leading Scorer, NHL, 1933-34
  • NHL Second All-Star Team Right Wing, 1932-33
  • NHL Second All-Star Team Right Wing, 1931-32
  • Set Leaf Record for Fastest Opening Goal, 7 seconds, Feb. 6, 1932


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