Leafs would like to honour Keon

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

The Maple Leafs want to honour Dave Keon by raising his No. 14 to the rafters at the Air Canada Centre but they know he is not keen on the idea.

"We would love to have his banner up, but he has to want to do it," Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. COO Tom Anselmi said. "Hopefully some time in the future, when we are planning to do more banners, he will do it."

Keon will be honoured on Sunday afternoon when the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors of the Ontario Hockey League retire his No. 9. Keon played for the Majors in the late 1950s.

Since leaving the Leafs in 1975, Keon, a fan favourite and a former captain, has refused almost all overtures from the club. When he was in Toronto in February 2007 for a celebration of the 1967 Stanley Cup team, he told Sun Media's George Gross that he had little interest if the Leafs were to honour his No. 14. The Leafs have retired just two numbers, No. 6 for Ace Bailey and No. 5 for Bill Barilko, and instead honour the numbers of past greats.


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