Curtis Joseph was the most impactful unrestricted free agent signing in the history of the Leafs. Signed in the summer of 1998, Joseph's arrival propelled the franchise into the playoffs in all four of his seasons with Toronto and he made them perennial contenders.
A fan favourite, 'Cujo' made the most of his tenure with Toronto. On the club's all-time playoffs list, Joseph sits third in wins (32), minutes played (3,678) and games (60) behind Turk Broda and Johnny Bower and second in shutouts (8) behind Broda. He earned three shutouts in both the 2001 and 2002 postseasons -- a mark which trails Frank McCool's team record of four set in the 1945 Playoffs. He blanked the Senators on the road in the first two games of their 2001 Eastern Conference sweep of the quarter-final. Behind the standout play of Joseph, the Leafs advanced to the Eastern Conference Final in 1999 against Buffalo and in 2002 versus Carolina. The Leafs reached the second round (Eastern Conference Sem-Final) in each of the four seasons with Joseph between the pipes.
Undrafted to the NHL, Joseph signed with the Blues on June 16, 1989 after a decorated season at the University of Wisconsin. He made his NHL debut on January 2, 1990 versus the Oilers and he would go on to become the first NHL goalie to record 30 plus wins in a season for five different teams. The native of Keswick, Ontario was, undisputedly, one of the top NHL goalies of his era and he also backstopped St. Louis, Edmonton, Detroit, Phoenix, Calgary and finally Toronto a second time in 2008-09 before announcing his retirement in January 2010.
By way of Joseph's noteworthy humanitarian contributions in the community, he was named the NHL's 2000 King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner. He's the only Leaf to ever win the award. Joseph was also the recipient of the team's Molson Cup Award in each of his first three seasons (1999, 2000, 2001). Joseph was named to the roster for the 1998-99 All-Star Game but did not play due to injury, however, he was voted by the fans to start the 1999-00 All-Star Game at Air Canada Centre.
Joseph's remarkable career also saw him represent Canada at the World Championships (1996-Silver), the World Cup (1996-2nd Place), the Winter Olympics (1998, 2002-Gold Medal), and the Spengler Cup (2007-Gold Medal).