Nine Leafs eligible for Hall

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

Nine newly eligible Maple Leafs will flood the Hockey Hall Of Fame selection committee meeting tomorrow, but the club shouldn't get its hopes up.

Compared to the big names who are a lock, only brief Leaf Ron Francis has a shot at induction, though those of Vince Damphousse, Steve Thomas, Felix Potvin, Sylvain Lefebvre, Todd Gill, Shayne Corson, Calle Johansson and Craig Berube will be duly forwarded with 16 other players. They all have been out of the NHL three years, played either 500 games in goal or 900 as forwards or defencemen.

Francis played 24 regular season. Potvin, Lefebvre and Gill played on the team coached by Pat Burns that went to back-to-back Western Conference finals in 1993 and 1994.

Potvin, among the last Leafs of that team to retire officially, sits third in franchise wins with 160.

Gill played 639 games as a Leaf, while Damphousse had 329 points in 394 games. Thomas, an overtime scorer of note, had 118 goals in two stints in Toronto. Corson's colourful career took him through Toronto for two years until he retired after playing for the Dallas Stars, while Lefebvre went to the Quebec Nordiques in the 1994 Wendel Clark trade and Berube to the Calgary Flames in the 1992 Doug Gilmour swap.


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