TORONTO - In the near 50 years that Maple Leaf fans have suffered through without a Stanley Cup, some of the greatest players in team history have been almost forgotten.
So in choosing the first man to be on the Legends Row sculpture outside the Air Canada Centre, the club went back to a five-time Cup champion from the late 1940s, who epitomized the franchise as an NHL powerhouse.
Ted (Teeder) Kennedy was named Thursday morning at a ceremony in Maple Leaf Square, one of three players who will be depicted in various poses on a 30-foot granite team bench. The captain and Hall of Famer, who passed away in 2009, was represented by his son Mark and Leaf veterans Dick Duff and Jim Morrison.
“I think if he was here now, he’d be wiping away a tear,” Mark Kennedy said. “He’d be saying this is his greatest honour as a Leaf.”