June 14, 2010
Captain Phaneuf has big shoes to fillA look at the previous 16 Leafs captains
TORONTO — - The Maple Leafs are poised to name Dion Phaneuf their captain this afternoon.
Here's a look at the other 16 men who have worn the ‘C’ for Toronto:
1. Bert "Pig Iron" Corbeau (1927)
Captain when the Toronto St. Patricks were renamed the Maple Leafs ... Played 41 games in the 1926-27 season ... Also member of the Canadiens’ first Stanley Cup championship in 1916 ... Died Sept. 21, 1942, with 25 others in a tour boat tragedy on Georgian Bay.
2. Hap Day (1927-37)
Only man to be captain, coach and general manager of the Leafs ... Scored the first two hat tricks in team history, part of 161 regular-season points ... Part of the ‘32 Cup team, the first to play out of Maple Leaf Gardens.
3. Charlie "Big Bomber" Conacher (1937-38)
First forward to be captain ... Had 324 points in 300 games ... First Leaf to score five times in a game ... Led NHL in points twice, in scoring five times ... Anchored the Kid Line with Joe Primeau and Busher Jackson.
4. Red Horner (1938-40)
An enforcer type with 1,264 PIM in 490 games, he also played on the ‘32 Cup team ... Led the NHL in penalties eight consecutive seasons ... Gave the Gardens flag to Mats Sundin at the closing of the old arena in 1999 ... Died in 2005, aged 95.
5. Syl Apps (1940-43, 1945-48)
Scored 432 in 423 games, with time off in his prime to serve in the army ... Played on the ‘42 Cup team that trailed Detroit 3-0 ... Came back from the war to win two more championships ... A multi-sport athlete (pole vault, football) and politician.
6. Bob "Rugged Robert" Davidson (1943-45)
Played 12 seasons and captained the 1945 Cup winners ... Could play left or right wing ... Twice led the team in penalty minutes ... 254 points in 491 games, and played 82 playoff games ... A hockey scout of reknown who helped build the 1960s Leaf dynasty.
7. Ted "Teeder" Kennedy (1948-55, 1956-57)
Part of five championship teams in a golden era of Toronto hockey, including the Cup-winning goal over Montreal in ‘47 ... Last Leaf to win the Hart Trophy ... Had an assist in his first game and is ninth in franchise scoring with 560 points in 696 games.
8. Jim Thomson (1956-57)
Punishing defenceman and member of the Gold Dust Twins with Gus Mortson ... Shared the C with Kennedy ... Played 11 years and won four Cups ... A second-team all-star twice.
9. George "Chief" Armstrong (1957-69)
Played over the course of four decades, 1,187 regular season games, the club record ... Captain for four Cups in the 1960s, including the most recent in ‘67 ... Champion junior coach with the Marlies ... Still with the team as a scout ... Turns 80 in July.
10. Dave Keon (1969-75)
Slick centre was a force at both ends of the rink ... Had 868 points in 1,062 game s... Won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1967, two Lady Byngs and was a second-team all-star centre ... Fell out with ownership in a 1970s feud, never fully resolved.
11. Darryl Sittler (1975-81)
His 916 points included 18 hat tricks ... Second in franchise scoring ... Set NHL record with a 10-point game against Boston in 1976 ... Scored to clinch the ‘76 Canada Cup ... Traded in January 1982, he eventually returned as a club ambassador.
12. Rick Vaive (1981-86)
First Leaf to score 50 goals, did it three times ... One of only four Leafs to lead the team in goals in four consecutive seasons ... Was stripped of the C after an off-ice incident ... Traded in 1987, he eventually returned to work on Leafs TV.
13. Rob Ramage (1989-91)
Named captain after a two-year period when the position was vacant ... Had 84 points in 160 games ... Has his name on the Cup twice, 1989 with Calgary and 1993 with Montreal.
14. Wendel Clark (1991-94)
Considered one of the best fighters among Leaf captains ... In three stints as a Leaf, had 441 goals in 608 games, with 1,535 penalty minutes ... Traded to Quebec for a future captain, Mats Sundin ... Retired to become a businessman/club ambassador.
15. Doug Gilmour (1994-97)
Holds single-season club record of 127 points (1992-93) ... His 77 playoff points in 52 games are also a record ... Only Leaf ever to win Frank Selke Trophy ... Traded to New Jersey in 1997, briefly came back to play and work in front office.
16. Mats Sundin (1997-2008)
Club’s first European captain ... Franchise leading scorer with 987 points, second in playoff points ... Had 79 game-winning goals ... Second-team all-star centre twice ... Played half-year with Canucks and retired ... Picked for seven all-star games.
17. Dion Phaneuf (2010-present)
Third time the Leafs have acquired a future captain from the Calgary Flames ... Had 10 points in 26 games as a Leaf in 2010 ... Averaged 26:21 a night of ice time in Toronto ... Was an alternate captain in Calgary and Toronto.