Al Iafrate ranks high on the list of the most skilled and talented defencemen in the history of the Leafs franchise. Selected fourth overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, Iafrate is the highest U.S. born draft selection in the history of the Leafs. He made his debut on October 11, 1984 and he would go on to register five goals and 16 assists in 68 games in 1984-85.
Self-proclaimed 'The Human Highlight Film', Iafrate possessed mind-boggling speed for a man of his size on the blueline and a blistering shot that accorded him top honours in the Hardest Shot competition at multiple NHL All-Star Game weekends.
The highest-scoring squad in Leafs history in 1989-90 had Iafrate as the backbone of their offensive attack. He was one of seven 20- goal scorers that season which matched a club record. Iafrate is the only defenceman in the long history of the franchise to record more than one 20-goal season and one of just two players at the position to reach the plateau. He recorded 22 goals in 1987-88 which tied Ian Turnbull's 11-year old record for goals in one season by a defenceman. Iafrate then supplied 21 goals and 63 points in 75 games for the 1989-90 playoff-bound team before sustaining a season-ending knee injury on March 24. Before his trade to the Capitals in 1991, Iafrate collected 81 goals, 169 assists and 250 points in 472 regular season game for Toronto. Only seven blueliners have more career points than Iafrate as a Leaf.
Iafrate represented Toronto at the 1988 and 1990 NHL All-Star Games. Internationally, the native of Dearborn, Michigan played for his country at the 1984 Winter Olympics.
Iafrate played for Toronto, Washington, Boston and San Jose in his NHL career. He notched 463 career NHL points in 799 career NHL games from 1984 to 1998.