Legends Row is a tribute to those great men that Leafs Nation was built on, and a shrine dedicated to preserving their legacy.



The Original Legend

The Toronto Maple Leafs were the most powerful team of the era and would win Cups in '47 and '48. Ted's idol and Captain, Syl Apps retired after the '48 victory and a clubhouse vote was taken to choose the next Leafs Captain. Ted Kennedy would be the recipient of the "C" and lead Toronto to their third straight Stanley Cup, a feat never before accomplished. Ted would say of the honour of replacing Syl Apps as Captain, "It was the proudest moment of my life."

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The Man With No Mask

Johnny preferred to play without the protection of a mask, "I just made up my mind that I was going to lose my teeth and have my face cut to pieces" was Johnny's take on the matter. He would intentionally block shots with his face and patented the poke check, his signature move that would thwart oncoming attackers, before they could even begin their assault on the Toronto net.

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10 Points. 1 Game.

Entering his first season as the leader of the Blue and White, one would be hard pressed to imagine what lay ahead for the Leafs superstar. On February 7, 1976, in front of a packed Maple Leaf Gardens, Darryl would accomplish a feat that had never been achieved before and has not been equalled since. He completed the double hat trick to go with his four assists… ten points. Unbelievable.

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All Hail The King

In the fall of 1973, Borje made the team and given legendary Leafs defenceman Bob Baun's number 21 and on Opening Night, the Swedish Ambassador to Canada dropped the ceremonial first puck. The European invasion of the NHL was underway.

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Always The Gentleman

At the age of 33 and at the top of his game, Apps retired and took a job in the marketing department at Simpsons. He would of course enter the Hall of Fame… he would receive the Order of Canada… he would serve in Parliament for 12 years… and how fitting… a man with only 56 career penalty minutes, he became the Minister of Correctional Services.

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The Chief

Between signing with the club and finally hanging up his skates, George would play more seasons... more regular season games… more Playoff games... wear the C for more seasons... and Captain the Leafs to more Stanley Cup victories than any other player... in history. Of George Armstrong, Conn Smythe would say, "He was the best Captain, as a Captain, the Leafs have ever had."

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One Of The Greats

October 11th 2007, with a single shot... Mats became both the Leafs all-time leader in goals... and their all-time leader in points. At the conclusion of the night, he was named the game's Third Star... and the Second Star... and the first star. An honour only granted once before, to the man who preceded him as the team's top scorer and who also preceded him on Legends Row... Darryl Sittler.

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The Final Piece To The Puzzle

In 1967, the Leafs would win their fourth Cup in six years, defeating the Canadiens with Dave Keon being awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs most valuable player. Dave showed the ultimate respect for Montreal by saying, "to me, when you win the Stanley Cup you always look back who did you beat did you play the Canadiens and did you beat them? And yes we did play them and we beat them."

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One Of The Best Goalies Ever

Over his career Broda, would sport a playoff goals against average under two. Turk would take a leave from the Maple Leafs to serve in the army during the Second World War. He returned to help lead the Maple Leafs to even more Championship glory in 1947 against Montreal, in '48 and '49 versus Detroit and again in '51 against the Canadiens. No player in Leafs history won more Stanley Cups than Turk Broda.

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No Flash, No Polish, All Hard Work

Tim Horton was the first Leaf to reach 1,000 games and he played more seasons, more games, in both the regular and post season, than any other defenceman in Leafs history and only three NHL players played more seasons than Horton. He was named an NHL First or Second Team All Star on six occasions... a Leafs record and in 1977, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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The Babe Ruth of the Ice Lanes

Had the Art Ross and Rocket Richard Trophies existed in the 1930’s, Charlie Conacher would have been a seven-time recipient. For a time, there was no greater scoring threat in hockey than the Leaf Hall of Famer, Cup Champion and eventual Captain. His play inspired the Toronto Star to write “Conacher is an example of what hard work, the desire to accomplish things and the will to win will do for one. He was a champion of champions; the Babe Ruth of the ice lanes.”

The Kid from Kelvington

Wendel Clark joined the Leafs in 1985, and set a Leafs rookie record for goal scoring. After three tours in Toronto, Wendel had become the club’s all-time Playoff goal scoring leader. Former Leafs President Ken Dryden may have summed up Wendel the best when he said "Game in, game out, year in, year out, he was just a kid cruising the ice looking to cause trouble - a wicked wristshot for a goal, a crushing bodycheck, a fight - opponents' bodies littered on the ice, fans out of their seats, the place in an uproar."

THe Renaissance Man

Red Kelly arrived in Toronto as the four-time Cup winning defenceman of the Detroit Red Wings. Leafs Coach Punch Imlach told Red "If we're going to win the Stanley Cup we're going have to go through Montreal, and I need someone to check Jean Béliveau. I'm thinking about starting you at centre. Whaddya think?" Eight years later, with the Hall of Famer having led the team in Playoff scoring for the decade, the Leafs had won four Cups. Frank Mahovlich summed up his linemate by saying, “I’ve played with Delvecchio and Beliveau, but Red Kelly, to me, was the greatest centreman that I ever played with.”

The Big M

By the end of his Leafs career, Frank Mahovlich had scored more goals than anyone in a Toronto uniform. He was the first Leaf to score 40 goals in a season and his single season high of 48 stood for 21 years. The Big M won four Cups with the Leafs in his Hall of Fame career and for a Leafs record, he was named an NHL First or Second Team All Star on six occasions. Opponent Bill Gadsby described Frank as, “one of the toughest guys in hockey to defend against. He's big, fast, strong and an excellent stick handler with a two way shift and an extension ladder reach. He either just moves the puck out of your reach or bulls you out of the way. The guy's murder.”