Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour will soon take their place among the Toronto Maple Leafs' all-time greats.
The popular former Leafs captains will have banners raised at the Air Canada Centre in separate pre-game ceremonies this season to honour their achievements with the NHL club.
Can any of the Leafs from the last 40 years be considered "all-time greats"?
But it's not only the Leafs. The league, and the rest of pro sports, is full of corporate bigwigs only concerned about what they know ($$$, certainly not hockey) and how they can suck more of it from our pockets.
I sometimes envy the saps in Winnipeg and Quebec City who don't hand their hard earned money to the greedy scum known as owners.
Support Your Local Amateur Hockey, 2008-08-24 00:24:09
When he was healthy, Clark displayed more skill, heart,and courage than any player in the NHL. He fought Probert and other monstrous giants who towered over him, and knocked them on their butts on several occasions; he had a lightning wrist shot(a lost art) that left the best goalies frozen, and he flattened so many players with bodychecks that at the old Maple Leaf Gardens, their numbers are still streaked across the boards. When he was on the ice, the "playmakers" from the other teams always made their passes a little more quicker and haphazardly.
The best thing about Clark was he played ice hockey without fear. In the early 1970s, he would have been a god, in the 1980s, the decade of cheap shots, and Bettman cracking down on the game, his opponents were able to cheap shot him out of hockey (Ulf Nilsson, for example). Look Clark up on You Tube and you'll know what it means to lay it all out on the line. Find one player who does this today and you're lucky.
Bishop Sherman, 2008-07-24 13:31:29
If you don't like the Leafs read the subject of the discussion and stay away from them.
Not Impressed, 2008-07-24 10:40:11
Just because your little boy-toy Gilmour finished in the top-ten in scoring doesn't mean that he was an elite player. I'm sure your lonely lifestyle allows you time for research, so please go back in history, to the 1940's and check all of the top ten scorers from each year - that should keep you busy and away from the adults.
It's always so sad to see these children living on sports sites attacking people just for giving an opinion.
If you don't like them, go buy another poster of Dougie to put above your bed. For the record, I think the guy was generous - Gilmour may have been top 20 at best!
DC, 2008-07-23 23:25:39
check your facts before making a statement...for example "John"...Gilmour was 4th in scoring in 93-93, 8th in 92-93 and 5th in 86-87... these are easy enough to verify, if you cared even a tiny bit about your credibility...so your ""never" even a top ten player in the league during his best days" is just an ignorant statement by a typical know-nothing Leaf basher. Must be a Sens fan.
"Tongue in Cheek"...more like "Foot in Mouth" is the Frank J Selke trophy not worth mentioning????
Not Impressed, 2008-07-23 08:40:53
Let's see; Gilmour was "never" even a top ten player in the league during his best days, Clarke was appreciated more for his fists and toughness then anything else - except that he usually only played this way against the Europeans.
I guess when your owner is a pension fund and you're laughed about on more sports sites then any other team in sports, you feel the need to honor somebody.
What, Jiri Crha wasn't available?
Honor the last great Leaf - the guy who announced penalties and all the opponent's goals during the 70's and 80's. Now there was a memorable Leaf - or at least his voice was.
John, 2008-07-22 16:44:17