Longtime loyalists of the Blue and White are hard pressed to name a player that possessed the raw speed, finesse, size and power of left-winger Frank Mahovlich. "The Big M" began his National Hockey League career with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1957-58 and he claimed the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year ahead of Chicago's legendary Bobby Hull. Mahovlich played 11 seasons for the Maple Leafs and was a member of four Stanley Cup winning teams in Toronto.
With Toronto, Mahovlich was selected to the year-end NHL All-Star Team six times, which is a club record shared with Borje Salming and Tim Horton. A consistent scorer, he led the Leafs in goals in each season from 1961 to 1966 and he led the club in points on five occasions. He became the first Maple Leaf to reach the 40-goal plateau (48 in 1961) and he earned 22 total points in his six combined Stanley Cup Final appearances under coach Punch Imlach. The strapping forward netted 55 career game-winning goals during the regular season, third best among all-time Maple Leafs.
The St. Michael's Majors product ranks among the Maple Leafs franchise all-time leaders in games played (13th), goals (6th-tie), assists (14th), and points (7th). He is tied for sixth on the club's playoff points list with 60 and his 36 career playoff assists are the most of any Maple Leafs' left-winger.
Mahovlich reached true superstar status in October 1962, when Jim Norris, owner of the Chicago Blackhawks, offered $1 million for his services. After much fan outcry, the deal was turned down and Toronto captured three more Stanley Cups in the decade with the big winger in the fold.
Mahovlich was a member of Team Canada for the historic 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union. In 1974, and after tenures in Detroit and Montreal, Mahovlich joined the Toronto Toros of the World Hockey Association, and then retired from professional hockey in 1978.
Mahovlich was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1994, and in 1998 in recognition of his class on and off the ice, he was appointed to the Canadian Senate by then Prime Minister Jean Chretien.
The Maple Leafs celebrated Mahovlich's outstanding career by raising his Honoured Number banner on October, 3, 2001 in a pregame ceremony.