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"?
No it wasn't Dougie, nor Wendel, nor Darryl, not Lanny, Borje, Ian, Felix or Mats. Have you guessed yet?
It was Alex Mogilny and... get over the shock... his Lady Byng trophy. That's worth a jersey raising anyday.
Tongue in Cheek, 2008-07-22 16:15:20
There really haven't been too many that have played for the Leafs in the last 4 decades that people other than the die-hards would consider all-time greats. If there had been then there wouldn't be this persistant Cup drought.
The following are the only Leafs that I would give consideration for all-timers Sittler, Sundin, Gilmour, Salming, and Keon. That's it, that's all since '67
Dazed and Confused, 2008-07-22 13:03:36
Clark in particular I feel should be lauded. All too many people forget, but I was in Toronto when Clark was traded for Sundin and to a man, every Toronto fan thought they were ripped off. I told them, just wait and you'll see and I think they have, but that doesn't lessen Clark's impact as a Leaf.
Clark was frankly the best captain the Leafs ever had. Most of the time he was walking wounded, but he would go out there and give it his all and he made the players around him play better. For brief times in his career when he was healthy, he showed glimpses of what he could do and occasionally was the most dominant player in the NHL. It's sad to think what might have been if he wasn't on such a bad team with incompetent management. Instead of and owner who judged you by the spilled blood, if he had someone who could harness that energy and keep him out of scraps long enough to score, his career stats might be better than any other Leaf great.
I see no harm in celebrating a player who left it all, including his health, on the ice at MLG and was the heart of the team for so many years.
Rick W., 2008-07-22 09:41:59
There was little reason to go to the rink except to watch this young dynamo,who could score and hit and fight unlike any Leaf in team history.
A wrist shot like Lanny McDonald's,open ice hits like Brian Glennie,and the raw ferocity of Tiger Williams...all in one package.
Who were his peers through that time?...only Tocchet,Neely and Shanny come to mind....and none were as tough as Wendel.
Raise his # to the roof?...hell,dedicate a wing to him.
Not the best player in Leaf history,only the most exciting,lift you out of seats one.
I don't think we'll ever see another like him.
oatie LP, 2008-07-22 09:28:12
Sure, they came to work every day, just like the rest of us.
What next, a shrine for Borgee Salming? THAT guy sucked!
If those three played in Winnipeg their entire careers we would never have heard of them.
Want to honour someone for the Leafs? How about Bob Cole, Harry Neale and the CBC. Now those guys made the Leafs SOUND great!
Probert, 2008-07-22 05:58:23