Shayne Corson may well be best remembered by Toronto fans for his veteran leadership and physical play during three straight Leafs playoff appearances from 2001 to 2003. Enlisted by bench boss Pat Quinn to carry out tough defensive assignments come playoff time, Corson was a factor during playoff series wins over Ottawa in 2001 and 2002.
Corson played in 32 playoff games as the team reached the post-season in all three of his seasons with Toronto. He missed only one playoff game in his first two Leafs' post-seasons. The left-winger played in 197 regular season games for Toronto from 2000 -01 to 2002-03 and he recorded 27 goals, 47 assists, 74 points and 358 penalty minutes.
The native of Barrie, Ontario was drafted eighth overall in the 1984 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. He played 1,156 career NHL regular season games and scored 273 goals and added 420 assists for 693 points. His NHL career from 1986 to 2004 was spent with the Canadiens, Oilers, Blues, Leafs and Stars. Corson's Montreal Canadiens played in the 1989 Stanley Cup Final versus the Calgary Flames. Internationally, Corson was a member of the gold medal winning Canadian World Junior team in 1985, Canada World Cup team in 1991 and World Championships team in 1994. He was also a member of Team Canada’s at the Nagano Olympics in 1998.