Keon to be honoured

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

Dave Keon finally will have his sweater retired this weekend.

But it won't be with the Maple Leafs, and it won't be his No. 14.

On Sunday afternoon, the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors will honour Keon and his No. 9 prior to their game against the Kingston Frontenacs, who happen to be coached by another former Leafs great, Doug Gilmour.

Keon wore No. 9 when he skated for the Majors from 1957-60, recording 170 points in 142 games for St. Michael's.

The Leafs have retired just two numbers -- the No. 6 worn by Ace Bailey and the No. 5 worn by Bill Barilko.

Instead, the Leafs honour numbers, and will raise the banner of Gilmour's No. 93 on Jan. 31 before a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. They've already done so this season with the No. 17, worn by Wendel Clark, as well as many others in previous seasons.

But not for Keon, and it's doubtful Keon would show up if the Leafs decided to honour his No. 14. When Keon -- who has had major issues with the Leafs organization since the day he left in 1975 -- was in Toronto in February 2007 for a celebration of the 1967 Stanley Cup championship team, he told the late George Gross that he would have "no interest" if the Leafs honoured his No. 14.

POISED DEBUT

Defenceman Jaime Sifers turned in a strong performance in his first NHL game last night against the New York Islanders.

Paired with Ian White, Sifers logged 17 minutes, 26 seconds of ice time and was plus-1. Not bad for a guy who, Leafs coach Ron Wilson figured after the morning skate, was looking at about 15 minutes of ice time.

"It was a great effort by Jaime for his first game," Wilson said. "He was pretty poised out there and it was great to see."

Wearing No. 59, Sifers had three shots on goal and one blocked shot. Unlike many players in their first NHL game, Sifers did not try to do too much.

Sifers was called up to fill in for the injured Luke Schenn.


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