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This is the Toronto Maple Leafs’ list of the top players of all-time:
Frank Mahovlich: A great power forward with a delicate scoring touch. Won four Stanley Cups with Toronto in the 1960s
Dave Keon: One of only 5 players to play 1,000 games for Toronto, Keon won four Stanley Cups with Toronto in the 1960s. Smaller, crafty forward
Charlie Conacher: Nicknamed “The Big Bomber”, at 6-1, 195 lbs, he had the hardest shot in hockey during his era and was among the first great power forwards. Led the NHL in goals 5 times
Red Kelly: After winning 4 Stanley Cups with Detroit in the 1950s as a defenseman, Kelly joined the Leafs and won four more Cups as a center. Extremely versatile, two-way playmaker.
Syl Apps: Deemed the best player in franchise history by Conn Smythe. Fantastic two-way player. 3x Stanley Cup champion, despite missing time to WWII at the peak of his career
George Armstrong: “The Chief” played more games (1,188) and seasons (21) with Toronto than any other player in franchise history. Captain for 13 seasons. Won 4 Stanley Cups
Auston Matthews: Emerging superstar with 111 goals in his first three NHL seasons
Ted Kennedy: Along with Turk Broda, was the first player in NHL history to win 5 Stanley Cups. Fierce two-way forward
Doug Gilmour: Led a brief resurgence of the franchise in the 1990s, Gilmour set the franchise record in 1992-93 for most points in a season (127)
Mats Sundin: All-time leading scorer in team history with 420 goals and 987 points. Fantastic playmaker.
Darryl Sittler: Franchise player of the 1970’s, a power forward who once scored 10 points in a single game.
Max Bentley: Speedy and deft puck handler, Bentley won the Art Ross Trophy twice and the Hart Trophy once. Helped Leafs win 3 Stanley Cups
Tim Horton: One of the strongest, toughest men in hockey, Horton holds team record for consecutive games played (486). Won 4 Stanley Cups. Made great donuts and coffee.
King Clancy: Clancy retired in 1936 as the top scoring defenseman in NHL history. Led Toronto to the 1932 Stanley Cup
Borje Salming: Tremendous two-way defenseman, holds team record for career assists with 620, and ranks second in career plus-minus at +150.
Bill Barilko: Won 4 Stanley Cups in his 5 seasons, before his unltimely death. Scored the Cup-winning goal in overtime in Game 5 in 1951.
Ian Turnbull: Highly durable and offensively gifted, Turnbull set the team record for most points in a season by a defenseman with 79 in 1976-77.
Dion Phaneuf: Tough, physical defenseman who could move the puck and contribute offensively
Turk Broda: A transcendent star of the 1940s, Broda won 5 Stanley Cups, despite missing time for WWII. Led the Leafs miracle comeback in 1942, overcoming a 3-1 deficit to win the Cup
Johnny Bower: Backed the Leafs to 4 Stanley Cups in the 1960s, and won 2 Vezina Trophies