Toronto Maple Leafs

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Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
founding 1917
history Toronto Arenas
1917 - 1919
Toronto St. Patricks
1919 - 1927
Toronto Maple Leafs
since 1927
Stadion Scotiabank Arena
Location Toronto , Ontario
Team colors Blue White
league National Hockey League
Conference Eastern Conference
division Atlantic Division
Head coach CanadaCanada Sheldon Keefe
Team captain CanadaCanada John Tavares
General manager CanadaCanada Kyle Dubas
owner Maple Leaf Sports &
Entertainment Ltd.
Cooperations Toronto Marlies ( AHL )
Newfoundland Growlers ( ECHL )
Stanley Cups 1917/18 , 1921/22 , 1931/32 ,
1941/42 , 1944/45 , 1946/47 ,
1947/48 , 1948/49 , 1950/51 ,
1961/62 , 1962/63 , 1963/64 ,
1966 / 67
Conference title no
Division title 1932/33 , 1933/34 , 1934/35 ,
1937/38 , 1999/00

The Toronto Maple Leafs ( IPA : [təˈɹɑntoʊ 'meɪpəl liːfs] ; officially Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club ) are a Canadian ice hockey franchise of the National Hockey League from Toronto in the province of Ontario . The team was founded as Toronto Arenas in 1917 and began playing at the beginning of the 1917/18 season . After being renamed several times, the club has been operating as the Toronto Maple Leafs since 1927, and since 1928 the team colors have been blue and white again. The home games have been played in the Scotiabank Arena since 1999 (until 2018: Air Canada Center), which, like the team, is owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment .

The franchise is (alongside the Montréal Canadiens ) one of two Canadian original Six teams and with 13 Stanley Cup victories after the Canadiens the team with the second-most Stanley Cup successes. The contrast between the Canadiens and the Maple Leafs is considered to be the "greatest rivalry in ice hockey" and has also found its way into Canadian literature. Especially in the 1940s and 1960s, Toronto was one of the best teams in the league and celebrated various successes. As a result, however, a long period of unsuccessfulness set in, which was only partially overcome in the 1990s.


Toronto Arenas and St. Patricks

Corb Denneny played for the Arenas, St. Patricks and Maple Leafs

In the course of the First World War, the Eastern Canadian National Hockey Association got into trouble: On the one hand, one team, the Toronto 228th Battalion, had gone to war as a whole. In addition, there were disputes between the owners of the teams, in particular with Eddie Livingstone, the owner of the Toronto Blueshirts . To escape his influence, the teams from Montreal, Ottawa and Québec founded the National Hockey League in 1917. Since the Blueshirts should not be part of this league, a new team was formed in Toronto. Initially nameless, as Livingstone owned the naming rights to numerous former teams from Toronto, the team later became known as the Toronto Arenas. The Arenas won the Stanley Cup in their first season , but ran out of money by the end of the second season .

After the arenas no longer started on February 20, 1919, the regular season was ended prematurely. On November 26, 1919, a group around Fred Hambly took over the Arenas' license, which had been closed. The team was originally supposed to be renamed Tecumsehs, but eventually the decision was made for Toronto St. Patricks, which was officially announced on December 7, 1919. With the name of the Irish national saint one wanted to attract the Irish population group in Toronto to the team's home games. The colors were changed to green and beige according to the Irish patron saint. In 1922 , the St. Patricks won the Stanley Cup in the final against the Vancouver Millionaires . During the final series, the team had to cope with numerous injuries, so Millionaires manager Lester Patrick allowed them to get any defender from Eastern Canada into the team before the fourth game. The St. Patricks elected Eddie Gerard of the Ottawa Senators and won their fourth game with him. Gerard played such an important role that the Millionaires revoked their permission for the crucial fifth game - this time, however, the St. Patricks won without Gerard and thus won the Cup.

The Conn Smythe era

Program for the first game at Maple Leaf Gardens

In 1926, a group of investors tried to relocate the team to Philadelphia. On February 14, 1926, however, Conn Smythe , one of the most famous officials in NHL history, bought the St. Patricks for $ 160,000 instead and renamed them the Toronto Maple Leafs. The origin of the name was a Canadian unit that had served as the "Maple Leaf Regiment" in the First World War . For the first season, the team kept the colors green and white. The team was allowed to continue to use the rest of the equipment with the new jerseys, which now had a maple leaf and the word Toronto. In the 1927/28 season, the team switched to the colors blue and white. The reasons for the choice of color are unclear: One theory says that Smythe liked the blue and white jerseys of the University of Toronto Blues, according to another interpretation the colors blue and white symbolize sky and snow. Despite the recession , Smythe began building the Maple Leaf Gardens in 1931 and on November 12, 1931 the Leafs played their first game there. In the first year in their new arena, they immediately won the Stanley Cup.

Syl Apps won the Stanley Cup in 1942

In 1932, the Leafs won the semifinals series with 3-2 wins against the Boston Bruins . The decisive goal was only scored in the sixth extra time. However, they lost the final to the New York Rangers . In the following seven years, the Maple Leafs reached the finals five times, but did not contest any successfully.

On February 14, 1934, the first NHL All-Star Game took place in Toronto in favor of Ace Bailey , who had to give up his career after an injury sustained in the game against the Boston Bruins. The game, in which the Leafs faced a selection of the best players in the league, ended 7-3 for Toronto. After the game, the Maple Leafs blocked Bailey's shirt number 6, and it has not been given to any Toronto player since then. This was the first time a number was blocked by a club in the NHL.

The Leafs won their next Stanley Cup in 1942. In the best-of-seven series against the Detroit Red Wings , the Leafs managed to catch up a 3-0 deficit and win the series 4-3. For the first time in the history of the NHL, a team succeeded in making a playoff series victorious after falling 3-0 down. The next cup win came in 1945, again by a 4: 3 against the Red Wings.

Between 1947 and 1949, the team won three cups in a row and prevailed in the finals against the Montréal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings. This made the Maple Leafs the first NHL team in history to achieve three Stanley Cup victories in a row. For coach Hap Day , who has looked after the Leafs since 1941, the victory in 1949 was the overall fifth triumph.

The 1951 final was also won by the Leafs. Bill Barilko scored the decisive goal in the fifth game of the final series. Three months later, the young defender died in a plane crash. His body was not discovered until ten years later. In the 50s, the Detroit Red Wings and Montréal Canadiens dominated the league, the Leafs only reached the final again in 1959 and 1960. Both times they were defeated by the Canadiens.

The 1960s: the last great successes

In 1961 Conn Smythe sold his team to Harold Ballard , John Bassett and his son Stafford Smythe . In the following three years, the Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup under coach Punch Imlach and with players like Frank Mahovlich , Dave Keon , Red Kelly , Johnny Bower , Andy Bathgate and Tim Horton .

In 1967 there was the last duel in the final between the Canadiens and the Maple Leafs. The Canadiens were favored by most of the experts: The Leafs were considered a team full of former greats who had their prime behind them. However, the Leafs caused a surprise and defeated Montréal 4-2. This was the last time until today that the team was in the final. In 1968, the Maple Leafs missed the playoffs, and in 1969 they lost 4-0 to the Boston Bruins in the first round, losing two games in Boston 0:10 and 7-0. Imlach, the long-time coach, was dismissed immediately after this departure.

1970s and 1980s

In the 1970s - Harold Ballard was now the sole owner of the club - the Leafs reached the playoffs regularly, but could not record any further Stanley Cup success. In the early 1970s, Dave Keon and Norm Ullman were the pillars of the team. The 1970 NHL Amateur Draft brought the Leafs a top scorer in Darryl Sittler and another top striker in 1973 with Lanny McDonald . Börje Salming came from Sweden , the first European to become a star in the NHL. When the World Hockey Association emerged as a competitor to the NHL, it was underestimated by the Maple Leafs: In contrast to other teams, Toronto failed to bind its important players by contract and subsequently lost several top performers and talents to WHA teams.

The Leafs' unsuccessfulness continued in the 1980s: coaches and general managers changed frequently and in 1982 star player Daryl Sittler was transferred to the Philadelphia Flyers at his own request. The Leafs were one of the most economically successful teams in the league: Between 1966 and 1985, the revenues of Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd (of which Ballard was again the main owner) grew from 6.5 to 30.6 million US dollars. In terms of sport, the team was unsuccessful. In the first half of the 1980s, little-known players were next to Salming in the Leafs squad. The playoffs were rarely reached, and in 1981 , 1984 , 1985 and 1989 the Maple Leafs finished bottom of their respective division.

One of the few advantages of this was sporting failure that the team due to their poor performance early voting rights at the NHL Entry Draft was: 1983 was Russ Courtnall selected 1,984 of goalscoring defenders Al Iafrate . In 1985 the future captain Wendel Clark was added and in 1986 the playmaker Vincent Damphousse followed .

Opening game of the 1993/94 playoffs

Better times and arena changes

At the beginning of the 1990s, the team became more successful again. In 1991 Doug Gilmour moved from the Calgary Flames to Toronto and developed into the leader of the Leafs in the following years. Young goalkeeper Félix Potvin established himself successfully in the NHL and in 1992 Dave Andreychuk was also committed by the Buffalo Sabers .

In 1993 the team reached the final of the Clarence S. Campbell Conference, but failed at the Los Angeles Kings to Wayne Gretzky . Coach Pat Burns received the Jack Adams Award for the NHL's best coach for this success . A year later, the Leafs were again in the finals of the Campbell Conference renamed "Western Conference", but were subject to the Vancouver Canucks . Harold Ballard had since passed away and in 1994 Steve Stavro bought the Leafs operating company. Stavro received financial support from the Ontario Teachers' Pension Fund, which received 49% of the shares.

For the 1994/95 season , Mats Sundin came to the team via transfer deal with the Québec Nordiques . Sundin became captain and in his first eight years also each top scorer of the team. A year after Sundin, the enforcer Tie Domi was signed . He had the most penalties for the team in the following years and enjoyed a high level of popularity with the fan base.

In 1999 the Maple Leafs moved from the "Maple Leaf Gardens" to the new " Air Canada Center ". Meanwhile in the Eastern Conference, they reached the conference final with coach Pat Quinn and players like Mats Sundin, Sergei Beresin and Curtis Joseph in the same year, but were subject to the Buffalo Sabers. In 2000 and 2001, the team failed both times in the second play-off round to the New Jersey Devils , in 2002 they lost in the conference final against the Carolina Hurricanes . In 2003, the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan increased its stake in the Maple Leafs operating company and became its main owner.

In the same year, the Leafs were eliminated in the first playoff round against the Philadelphia Flyers. The team failed because of the Flyers in 2004, this time in the second round.

Lean years

The logo from 1970 to summer 2016, the lettering is in the Kabel font .

In 2006 the Leafs did not reach the play-offs for the first time under Pat Quinn and despite a race to catch up at the end of the season. This marked the beginning of an unsuccessful phase that led to two coach and manager changes and major upheavals in the squad. Long-time players like Darcy Tucker or Bryan McCabe were bought out of their contracts or transferred to other clubs, captain Mats Sundin signed a contract with the Vancouver Canucks. In 2009/10 , the Leafs ranked 15th and last in the Eastern Conference and 29th in the NHL. In the same year, the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup after 49 years without a win. With this victory, the Leafs are now the NHL team that has been waiting for the title the longest. At the beginning of the 2012/13 season , the Leafs replaced their general manager Brian Burke with Dave Nonis . The regular playing time, which was shortened to 48 games by a lockout, ended in 5th place in the Eastern Conference and thus qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2004, where they were defeated 3: 4 by the Boston Bruins in the first round. In the following years, however, this performance could not be confirmed, the playoffs were missed three years in a row, in 2015/16 the Leafs were even the worst team in the league.

Reconstruction with Shanahan and Babcock

At the beginning of 2015 Brendan Shanahan became CEO of the organization, after the end of the 2014/15 season Mike Babcock took over the position of coach and Lou Lamoriello that of general manager. The reconstruction of the team was supported by the team's very good draft positions due to the poor performance. This allowed the Leafs, Morgan Rielly , William Nylander , Mitchell Marner and Auston Matthews to draft. The latter won the Calder Trophy as the best newcomer to the league in the 2016/17 season . It was the first Maple Leaf since Brit Selby in 1966 to win this trophy. In the same year, the Leafs reached the playoffs again with one of the youngest squads in the league. Against the favored Washington Capitals, however, the team was eliminated in a very competitive series (five games went into overtime) with 2: 4. In 2017/18 the Leafs achieved their statistically best season since the introduction of the 82-game season with 105 points and 49 wins. In the playoffs, however, they were eliminated again in the first round, this time 3: 4 against the Boston Bruins. With the same result, the team failed in the following season in the first round at the Bruins.


The Maple Leaf Gardens, home of the Leafs from 1931 to 1999
Air Canada Center

The Maple Leafs have played their home games since 1999 in the Scotiabank Arena , a multifunctional arena that seats 18,819 and was called the "Air Canada Center" until 2018. The Canadian airline Air Canada has held the naming rights to the arena since the hall opened, and these are valid until 2019. The company will pay 30 million US dollars for the entire duration of 20 years.

In the early years, the teams played in Toronto in the Gardens Arena , which was built in 1912 and held 8,000 spectators. For many years the further history of the Leafs was closely connected to their stadium, the Maple Leaf Gardens. Built in the early 1930s under the then owner Conn Smythe , the arena - with a capacity of 16,005 after the last renovation - was sold out in every game between 1946 and 1999 and contributed significantly to Toronto's reputation as the "Mecca of ice hockey" . The National Basketball Association , which established a basketball team in Toronto with the Toronto Raptors, played a major role in the construction of the new Air Canada Center . The arena opened on February 20, 1999 with the game between the Maple Leafs and their great rival, the Montréal Canadiens. Around 300 events take place in the Air Canada Center throughout the year, making the hall one of the most heavily used arenas in North America.

Owners and farm teams

The current owner of the team is Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. (MLSE). In addition to the Leafs, the company also owns the NBA team Toronto Raptors (the only Canadian NBA team), the Air Canada Center and several TV channels, such as Leafs TV . The MLSE in turn is majority owned by a pension fund for teachers in Ontario ( Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan ).

The Leafs' farm teams are the MLSE-owned Toronto Marlies from the American Hockey League and the Newfoundland Growlers from the ECHL . Before the 2005/06 AHL season , the St. John's Maple Leafs moved to Toronto, as they had a stadium in Toronto with the nearby Ricoh Coliseum and faster access to talent. The St. John's Maple Leafs played in St. John's , Newfoundland for 15 years ; however, the number of viewers had decreased over the years and from 2001/02 to 2004/05 the average was always below 3500 fans. The farm teams are used by the NHL franchises to train young players and rookies and to prepare them for the NHL games. Like the other clubs, the Leafs draw their offspring through the NHL Entry Draft , an annual event at which teams from the National Hockey League can secure the rights to promising young players. Since 2009 there has also been a cooperation with Adler Mannheim , whereby the Toronto Marlies and Adler Mannheim send some players and coaches to mutual training camps before the start of the season every year.


The Leafs' current alternate logo functioned as the franchise's main logo from 1938 to 1967.


The Toronto Maple Leafs are not only one of the most traditional but also one of the most popular clubs in North American ice hockey and have one of the largest fan bases in the NHL. Since the Leafs were the only team from the English-speaking part of Canada in the race for the Stanley Cup from 1938 to 1970, they also have a large fan base in other Canadian NHL cities. In 2009 they were the team with the highest TV ratings. According to a 2010 survey by Forbes magazine, the Maple Leafs were the league's most valuable franchise, valued at $ 505 million, and also had the highest earnings of any team in the same year.


The Toronto Maple Leaf's mascot is the polar bear Carlton, the Bear . Named after the street on which the Maple Leaf Gardens is located, Carlton first appeared on October 10, 1995 when playing against the New York Islanders . In 2009 rumors emerged that the mascot should be abolished, which the organization denied.


Toronto and Montreal

Roch Carrier, author of the short story Le chandail de hockey

There has been a long-running rivalry between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montréal Canadiens. On the one hand, the Canadiens are record winners with 24 Stanley Cup victories, while the Leafs are in second place with 13 wins. The two teams met five times in the final of the Cup, with the Leafs winning three times (1947, 1951 and 1967) and the Canadiens twice (1959 and 1960). In addition, Habs and Leafs were the only two Canadian teams in the running for the Stanley Cup during the NHL's Original Six Phase. The fact that Toronto is in English-speaking Ontario and Montreal in French-speaking Québec gives the rivalry between the two teams additional dynamism and emotionality. The contrast between the two teams is therefore also seen as an example of how ice hockey in Canada also serves to channel cultural, social and linguistic rivalries in a peaceful way. The rivalry between “Leafs” and “Habs” is also the subject of Roch Carrier's short story Le chandail de hockey . In it, Carrier tells how as a little boy he received a Maple Leafs jersey instead of the Canadiens jersey he wanted and was subsequently cut by his friends. A quote from Carrier's short story is printed on the Canadian five-dollar bill .

"Battle of Ontario"

Since the Ottawa Senators moved to St. Louis in 1934, there had been no NHL team in the Canadian province of Ontario other than the Maple Leafs . That changed in 1992 when a new franchise began to play under the name Ottawa Senators . Since the 1998/99 season , the two teams have also played in the same division, so they meet regularly, and especially in the early 2000s, Leafs and Senators played several playoff series against each other. This and the fact that there is still a large Maple Leafs fan community is in Ottawa have made sure that the duels between two teams now as the "Battle of Ontario" ( Battle of Ontario are known) and one of the great rivalries in to be counted in the NHL.

Current jersey design

The Toronto Maple Leafs traditionally play in the team colors of blue and white jerseys, with two stripes on the sleeve at the level of the elbow in the respective other team color. With the blue jersey these stripes are white, on the white jersey there are blue bars. As usual with all NHL franchises, the team logo is on the chest, but also in the color of the sleeve stripes.

For the 2007-08 season , the Maple Leafs returned to a simple jersey design that is strongly reminiscent of that of the team at the time of the Original Six. A more complex design had developed in the previous years. This was in contrast to development by other teams on the Original Six, where the design of the equipment was changed minimally or not at all. According to the regulations of the league, the home jersey has to be designed in a dark basic color and the away jersey in a light basic color since 2003 . For the Maple Leafs this means that the team will play in the blue jerseys for home games and the white jerseys for away games.

Achievements and honors

Sporting successes

Stanley Cups
1917/18 *, 1921/22 *, 1931/32 , 1941/42 , 1944/45 , 1946/47 , 1947/48 , 1948/49 ,
1950/51 , 1961/62 , 1962/63 , 1963/64 , 1966/67
Conference Championships season
Prince of Wales Trophy 1947/48 **, 1962/63 **
Division Championships season
Canadian Division 1932/33 , 1933/34 , 1934/35 ,
Northeast Division 1999/00

* The first two Stanley Cups were won by the Toronto Hockey Club and the Toronto St. Patricks, respectively

** In the time of the " Original Six " only one division was played. The best team of the regular season received the Prince of Wales Trophy .

The Toronto Maple Leafs made eight unsuccessful finals, most recently in 1960.

Player trophies

NHL top scorer before the 1948 Art Ross Trophy was introduced

Calder Memorial Trophy

The Calder Memorial Trophy is awarded to the best rookie in the league year after year. The Maple Leafs are the most successful team here with ten honored rookies so far.

Conn Smythe Trophy

The award for the most valuable player in the NHL playoffs was introduced in 1964 on the initiative of Maple Leaf Gardens Limited to honor the long-time owner, official and trainer of the Leafs, Conn Smythe. The only winner from the ranks of the Maple Leafs is Dave Keon in the 1966/67 season.

Frank J. Selke Trophy

The Frank J. Selke Trophy is awarded to the striker with the best defensive behavior. By Frank J. Selke is also named after a former general manager of the Leafs.

Hart Memorial Trophy

The Hart Memorial Trophy has been awarded to the most valuable player in the regular season since 1924.

Jack Adams Award

Since 1974, the Jack Adams Award has been given to the coach who made the greatest contribution to the success of his team. With the Leafs so far only Pat Burns succeeded in the 1992/93 season, when the Leafs advanced into the Conference finals. Pat Quinn was almost able to win the award in 1999 and finished second behind Jacques Martin of the Ottawa Senators.

King Clancy Memorial Trophy

The King Clancy Memorial Trophy is awarded for social commitment and leadership skills on and off the ice rink. It is named after King Clancy , who also played for the Leafs for 7 years during his career. The only winner from the ranks of the Leafs so far is Curtis Joseph , who received the award in 2000 for his social commitment especially for sick children: Joseph's initiative "Cujo's Kids" brokered the best tickets for home games of the Leafs to seriously ill children, and awarded "Cujo's Crease" A room in a children's hospital that mimicked the Maple Leafs locker room. Joseph was the first goalkeeper to be honored with the trophy.

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy honors the player in the league who distinguishes himself most through his exemplary behavior and high sporting standard. So far, seven Leafs players have won the trophy, most recently Alexander Mogilny in 2003. Sid Smith has been honored twice with the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

Lester Patrick Trophy

The Lester Patrick Trophy honors special services to American ice hockey.

Vezina Trophy

The Vezina Trophy has been awarded to the best goalkeeper in the league since 1927. Four Leafs players were individually honored, while Terry Sawchuk and Johnny Bower received the trophy together in 1965.

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Perseverance, dedication and fairness in and for ice hockey have been recognized with the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy since 1968. The only winner from the ranks of the Maple Leafs is Jason Blake, who played all 82 games of the team in 2007/08 despite a serious illness, scoring 15 goals and 52 points.

Mark Messier Leadership Award

  • Mats Sundin: 2007/08

NHL All-Star Game Nominations

From the ranks of the Maple Leafs, 98 field players and eleven goalkeepers were in the squad at an all-star game. This also takes into account the three benefit games that were played before the introduction of the NHL All-Star Games . The field players came to 234 missions, in which they scored 48 goals and 79 assists. The goalkeepers also bring in 19 missions. It should be noted that the Maple Leafs competed in the Ace Bailey Benefit Game in 1934 , but also seven times as Stanley Cup winners with their entire team between 1947 and 1968. 47 players were only used in the Maple Leafs team. Three rookies or sophomores from the Maple Leafs were in the squad for the YoungStars Game, which was played from 2002 to 2009.

Franchise records

Selected player records of the franchise over the entire career as well as over individual seasons are listed below.


Surname number
Most games Chief Armstrong 1,187 (in 21 seasons)
Most consecutive games Tim Horton 486 (February 11, 1961 to February 4, 1968)
Most goals Mats Sundin 420
Most templates Börje Salming 620
Most of the points Mats Sundin 987 (420 goals + 567 assists)
Most penalty minutes Tie Domi 2,265
Most shutouts Turk Broda 62


Surname number season
Most goals Rick Vaive 54 1981/82
Most templates Doug Gilmour 95 1992/93
Most of the points Doug Gilmour 127 (32 goals + 95 assists) 1992/93
Most points as a rookie Auston Matthews 69 (40 goals + 29 assists) 2016/17
Most points as a defender Ian Turnbull 79 (22 goals + 57 assists) 1976/77
Most penalty minutes Tie Domi 365 1997/98
Most wins as a goalkeeper Frederik Andersen 38 2017/18

Trainer and General Manager

In the more than 80 year history of the Maple Leafs, the team has had 35 different coaches. The most successful was Hap Day , who led the Leafs to a total of five Stanley Cup victories from 1940 to 1950. Another "coaching legend" of the Leafs was Punch Imlach , who coached the team twice, from 1959 to 1969 and from 1979 to 1981. Under him, the Leafs won their last four cups to date. Joe Primeau (1950/51), Dick Irvin (1931/32), George O'Donoghue (1921/22 as St. Patricks) and Dick Carroll (1917/18 as Arenas) were responsible as coaches for each win .

Dave Nonis has been the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs since the 2012/13 season . Nonis was the fourteenth general manager in the team's history, with two managers overseeing the team several times ( Cliff Fletcher , 1991–1997 and interim 2007/08, and Punch Imlach 1958–1969 and 1979–1981). Conn Smythe , who served as General Manager for thirty years between 1927 and 1957 , served the longest . With seven Stanley Cup triumphs during this time, Smythe is also the Leafs' most successful General Manager, followed by Punch Imlach (4) and Charles Querrie (2).

Nonis was dismissed after the 2014/15 season including interim coach Peter Horachek , so that both positions were vacant for the time being. Soon after, Mike Babcock was introduced as the new head coach and Lou Lamoriello as the new GM. Lamoriello's contract as general manager was not renewed after the 2017/18 season, successor was Kyle Dubas .


Squad for the 2019/20 season

Status: end of the 2019/20 season

No. Nat. player Item Date of birth in org. since place of birth
31 DenmarkDenmark Frederik Andersen G 0October 2, 1989 2016 Herning , Denmark
36 United StatesUnited States Jack Campbell G 0January 9, 1992 2020 Port Huron , Michigan , USA
94 CanadaCanada Tyson Barrie D. July 26, 1991 2019 Victoria , British Columbia , Canada
83 CanadaCanada Cody Ceci D. December 21, 1993 2019 Ottawa , Ontario , Canada
23 CanadaCanada Travis Dermott D. December 22, 1996 2015 Newmarket , Ontario , Canada
3 United StatesUnited States Justin Holl D. January 30, 1992 2016 Tonka Bay , Minnesota , USA
52 SlovakiaSlovakia Martin Marinčin D. February 18, 1992 2015 Košice , Czechoslovakia
8th CanadaCanada Jake Muzzin D. February 21, 1989 2019 Woodstock , Ontario , Canada
44 CanadaCanada Morgan RiellyA D. 0March 9, 1994 2013 West Vancouver , British Columbia , Canada
73 CanadaCanada Kyle Clifford LW January 13, 1991 2020 Ayr , Ontario , Canada
47 SwedenSweden Pierre Engvall LW May 31, 1996 2018 Ljungby , Sweden
33 CanadaCanada Frédérik Gauthier C. April 26, 1995 2013 Laval , Quebec , Canada
11 CanadaCanada Zach Hyman C. 0June 9, 1992 2015 Toronto , Ontario , Canada
18th SwedenSweden Andreas Johnsson LW November 21, 1994 2015 Gävle , Sweden
15th CanadaCanada Alexander Kerfoot C. August 11, 1994 2019 Vancouver , British Columbia , Canada
62 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Denis Malgin C. January 18, 1997 2020 Olten , Switzerland
16 CanadaCanada Mitchell MarnerA. LW 0May 5, 1997 2016 Markham , Ontario , Canada
34 United StatesUnited States MexicoMexico Auston MatthewsA C. 17th September 1997 2016 San Ramon , California , USA
65 RussiaRussia Ilya Micheev RW October 10, 1994 2019 Omsk , Russia
88 CanadaCanada SwedenSweden William Nylander C. 0May 1, 1996 2016 Calgary , Alberta , Canada
CanadaCanada Evan Rodrigues LW July 28, 1993 2020 Etobicoke , Ontario , Canada
19th CanadaCanada Jason Spezza C. June 13, 1983 2019 Mississauga , Ontario , Canada
91 CanadaCanada John TavaresC. C. 20th September 1990 2018 Mississauga , Ontario , Canada

Team captains

In the history of the Maple Leafs, 18 players wore the team captain's "C". During two periods, from 1986 to 1989 and from 2008 to 2010, the captaincy remained vacant. The team's first captain was Hap Day, who led the Leafs from 1927 to 1937. Day later became coach and deputy manager of the team and won a total of seven Stanley Cups in these functions, but only one as a player. At ten, Day was also the longest-serving captain for a long time; in the meantime he has been surpassed by Mats Sundin, who led the Leafs from 1997 to 2008, i.e. for eleven years. Other long-time captains were Ted Kennedy (1948–1955), Chief Armstrong (1957–1969), Dave Keon (1969–1975) and Darryl Sittler (1975–1981). Syl Apps held the office twice, from 1940-1943 and 1945-1948. The two-year break with him arose because he volunteered for the Canadian Army after the 1942/43 season and served in it for two years during the Second World War.

From 2010 to February 2016, Dion Phaneuf was the captain of the team, who joined the Leafs through a swap deal with the Calgary Flames and was named new captain on June 14, 2010, ending a two-year vacancy since the departure of Mats Sundin. In February 2016, Phaneuf joined the Ottawa Senators, so the office remained vacant for the time being. With the start of the new 2016/17 season, the Maple Leafs ran with four equal assistant captains : Tyler Bozak , Matt Hunwick , Leo Komarov and Morgan Rielly . When Hunwick left for Pittsburgh, it became three for the 2017/18 season. The office was only awarded again at the beginning of the 2019/20 season, to John Tavares , who had come to Toronto from the New York Islanders the previous year .

year Surname
1927-1937 Hap Day
1937-1938 Charlie Conacher
1938-1940 Speaker Horner
1940-1943 Syl Apps
1943-1945 Bob Davidson
1945-1948 Syl Apps
1948-1955 Ted Kennedy
1955-1956 Sid Smith
1956-1957 Jimmy Thomson
Ted Kennedy
1957-1969 Chief Armstrong
1969-1975 Dave Keon
year Surname
1975-1981 Darryl Sittler
1981-1986 Rick Vaive
1986-1989 no captain
1989-1991 Rob Ramage
1991-1994 Wendel Clark
1994-1997 Doug Gilmour
1997-2008 Mats Sundin
2008-2010 no captain
2010-2016 Dion Phaneuf
2016-2019 no captain
since 2019 John Tavares

Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame

There are currently 63 former Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Patricks and Arenas members of the Hockey Hall of Fame , more than any other team. It all started with defender Eddie Gerard , who played a game in the final series for the St. Patricks team in 1922 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1945. The last Leafs player to be honored with a recording was Dave Andreychuk in 2017.

Blocked jersey numbers

No. Surname Blocking date
1 Turk Broda 15th October 2016
Johnny Bower
4th Hap Day 15th October 2016
Red Kelly
5 Bill Barilko 17th October 1992
6th Ace Bailey February 14, 1934
7th King Clancy 15th October 2016
Tim Horton
9 Ted Kennedy 15th October 2016
Charlie Conacher February 28, 1998
10 Syl Apps 15th October 2016
George "Chief" Armstrong 15th October 2016
13 Mats Sundin 15th October 2016
14th Dave Keon 15th October 2016
17th Wendel Clark 15th October 2016
21st Börje Salming 15th October 2016
27 Frank Mahovlich 15th October 2016
Darryl Sittler 15th October 2016
93 Doug Gilmour 15th October 2016
99 Wayne Gretzky February 6, 2000 (league-wide)
The only two blocked numbers for a long time had gray banners.

When it comes to blocking shirt numbers for future players, the Leafs have long been more restrictive than other teams. Only players who made a significant contribution to the team and who had to end their careers through an incident as active players for Toronto had a chance that their number will no longer be awarded. Bill Barilko, who played for the Leafs from 1947 to 1951, died while playing for the Leafs. Ace Bailey was so badly injured in a game that he never returned to the ice. From 1926 to 1933 he wore the Maple Leafs jersey.

As a replacement, the Leafs led "Sir numbers" (Honored numbers) , which were also ceremonially honored and immortalized with a banner under the ceiling, but still given to current players and were therefore not locked. From 1995 to 2009, 16 former actors were honored in this way:

The first two to receive this honor were Ted Kennedy (1943–1957) and Syl Apps (1937–1948). In March 1995, the two former goalkeepers Turk Broda (1937-1952) and Johnny Bower (1959-1970), who both wore the number 1, followed. Two more players were added in November 1995. Each with the number 7 King Clancy (1931-1937 as a player and 1953-1956 as a coach) and Tim Horton (1950-1970) had played. Three years later came with George "Chief" Armstrong (1950–1971 as a player and 1988–1989 as a coach) and Charlie Conacher (1930–1938) two more players who were active in the Leafs' successful years.

More honored (and later banned) shirt numbers.

The two players with the number 27 Frank Mahovlich (1957–1968) and Darryl Sittler (1971–1982) were less successful in Toronto. Mahovlich had difficulties with his coach Punch Imlach, in Sittler's time the team was too weak to be able to build on the successful 40s and 60s. 2006 considered the Leafs with Hap Day (1924-1937 as a player and 1940-1950 as a coach) and Red Kelly (1960-1967 as a player and 1973-1977 as a coach) again two people who played an important role in the early years the Leafs had played. At the same time, the Swedish defender Börje Salming (1973-1989) was awarded the first European star in the team.

During the 2008-09 season , two players from the 1990s were added to this list. Wendel Clark (1985-1994, 1995-1998 and 1999-2000) and Doug Gilmour (1991-1997 and 2002-2003) were crowd favorites at the Leafs. The last one to receive this honor was the Swede Mats Sundin . The award for jersey number 13 took place on February 11, 2012.

In October 2016, for the centenary of the franchise, these 16 players (including "newcomer" Dave Keon ) were honored with a blocking of their shirt numbers. All of a sudden, the Leafs became the NHL franchise that most alumni (19) honored in this way.

In addition, Wayne Gretzky's "99" was banned throughout the league in 2000.


  • Mike Leonetti, Daryl Sittler: Maple Leaf Legends: 75 Years of Toronto's Hockey Heroes. Raincoast Books 2003, ISBN 1-55192-553-2 . (not viewed)
  • Rich Mole: Great Stanley Cup Victories: Glorious Moments in Hockey. Pp. 50-69, Altitude Publishin, Calgary 2004, ISBN 1-55153-797-4 .
  • Thomas Stafford Smythe, Kevin Shea: CENTER ICE: The Smythe Family, the Gardens and the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club. Fenn Publishing Company, 2000, ISBN 1-55168-250-8 . (not viewed)

Web links

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  32. ^ ESPN: Top rivalries
  33. Calder
  34. Conn Smythe Trophy ( January 17, 2010 memento on WebCite )
  35. Selke Trophy
  36. Hart Memorial Trophy
  37. Adams Award
  38. Legends of Hockey: Adams Award 99
  39. Legends of Hockey: King Clancy Trophy 2000
  40. Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
  41. Lester Patrick Trophy ( January 17, 2010 memento on WebCite )
  42. Vezina Trophy
  43. Masterton Trophy
  44. Legends of Hockey: Masterton Trophy 2008
  45. A look back at the men who have run the Toronto Maple Leafs
  46. Toronto Maple Leafs captains 1927-1938
  47. Syl Apps on
  48. TSN: Maple Leafs officially name Phaneuf their new captain
  49. Hockey Hall of Fame: Facts & Figures
  50. List by teams
  51. The Big M: The Life and Times of Frank Mahovlich
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