February 16, 2013
Keon's No. 14 should be hanging from ACC rafters
By STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

The Maple Leafs honoured the 1963 Stanley Cup champions with a pre-game ceremony at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night. Dave Keon (left), who was making a very rare appearance, and Dick Duff were among 10 members present from the team. (Dave Thomas/QMI Agency)

TORONTO - The name is missing from the rafters. You look up at the Air Canada Centre and see the greats that have been honoured, from Syl Apps to Mats Sundin, and the absence is obvious.

Dave Keon’s name and number aren’t there. Maybe the most complete of all Maple Leafs not there alongside Teeder Kennedy and Tim Horton and Darryl Sittler.

The Keon story isn’t new — his feelings for the Harold Ballard era and all that he perceives that happened to him, are hardly secret — but there he was on Saturday night, at the ACC as his teammates from the 1963 Stanley Cup champions were saluted.

And the question now is, with Keon at age 72, do you raise his name and number in a ceremony at the ACC even if he chooses not to participate? Do you honour him, as he should be honoured, whether he’s there or not? Would MLSE act without him?



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