The Toronto Maple Leafs are a hockey team that plays in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Maple Leafs are one of the "Original Six" NHL teams, and have won the Stanley Cup 13 times; 11 as the Maple Leafs, one as the Arenas, and one as the St. Patricks. The Maple Leafs play in Air Canada Centre (present capacity 19 800) in Toronto, Ontario.

Quick Facts about the Toronto Maple Leafs

Venue: Air Canada Centre

Team Colours: Blue and white

Stanley Cup Victories: 11 (As Toronto Maple Leafs); 1 (As Toronto Arenas); 1 (As Toronto St. Patricks)

Early History of Hockey in Toronto

Although Toronto was slow to enter the competitive hockey field, by the late 1890s the city had a number of competitive teams, including the Toronto Granites, who joined the Ontario Hockey Association in 1890. Toronto's first professional hockey team was the Toronto Professional Hockey Club, also known as the Torontos, who first played on 28 December 1906. The Torontos initially played exhibition matches against other professional teams in North America. However, the team was under constant criticism from the Ontario Hockey Association for its professional status. Consequently, the team became a founding member of Canada's first fully professional hockey league, the Ontario Professional Hockey League. The Torontos unsuccessfully challenged the Montreal Wanderers for the Stanley Cup in 1908, before disbanding in 1909.

In 1910, the National Hockey Association (NHA) was founded, with teams in Quebec and Ontario. One of Toronto's teams was the Toronto Tecumsehs, who played from 1911 to 1913. Although the team did not initially have a home arena, on 28 December 1912 the Tecumsehs played in the newly constructed Arena Gardens in Toronto. Despite the Tecumseh's excellent start to the 1912-1913 season, they finished the season in last place of the NHA. The team was subsequently sold, and renamed the Toronto Ontarios. The team operated under that name until 1915, when they were renamed the Toronto Shamrocks. The Shamrocks operated for just one year, finishing in fifth place, ahead of only the Montreal Canadiens.

Another Toronto team that joined the NHA was the Toronto Blueshirts, founded in 1911. The Blueshirts also played home games at Arena Gardens upon its completion in 1912. Though they finished second in the league during their first year, by the end of the 1913-14 season, the team found themselves as Stanley Cup champions after defeating the Victoria Aristocrats from the Pacific Coast Hockey League (PCHL). The team struggled the following season, however, and finished the 1914-15 season in fourth place. Following the 1914-15 season, the NHA lost many players to the expanding Pacific Coast Hockey League. As a result, the Toronto Blueshirts absorbed the Shamrocks players to form one team, under the Blueshirts name. The amalgamation of the two teams, both operated by Eddie Livingstone, bothered other owners in the NHA, who were annoyed by Livingstones's business practices. Consequently, by the end of the 1916-17 season, it was decided that other NHA teams would form a new league known as the National Hockey League (NHL), this one without Livingstone.

Toronto in the early NHL

Although the Blueshirts were initially blocked out of the NHL, when the Quebec Bulldogs could not organize a team the Blueshirts were allowed an entry. The Blueshirts, owned by the Toronto Arena Company, kept the playing roster intact, but the team would play in the NHL without Livingstone, and would go by another name, the Toronto Arenas. Thus, there is some debate about the name of Toronto's entry in the newly formed National Hockey League. The team was known simultaneously as the Toronto Blueshirts, the Toronto Arenas, or just the Torontos. Regardless of the name chosen, the Toronto entry played its first NHL game on 19 December 1917 at Arena Gardens (also known as the Mutual Street Arena). Only three of the original five members of the NHL remained by the end of its first season. Nevertheless, the Toronto entry (under the Arena name) managed to win the NHL's first Stanley Cup against the Pacific Coast Hockey League's Vancouver Millionaires. The next season, the Toronto entry withdrew from the NHL

Toronto's departure from the NHL did not last long. The franchise returned for the 1919-20 season under a new name - the Toronto St. Patricks, known more often as the St. Pats. The team was so named in the hopes that Toronto's large Irish population would attend home games. The new team was off to a good start in the early 1920s, claiming the Stanley Cup once again from the Vancouver Millionaires in 1922. Although they did not make it to the Cup again for the next few years, the team was hard at work building the foundations for a stronger team. New player additions to the team included Clarence "Hap" Day for the 1924-25 season, and Irvine "Ace" Bailey for the 1926-27 season. By 1927, the St. Pats were at risk of being moved to Philadelphia. Fortunately, an investor named Conn Smythe came forward to purchase the team, and raised enough money to keep the team in Toronto.

Toronto Maple Leafs emerge

One of Conn Smythe's first tasks as new team owner was a team name change from the St. Patricks to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He had two reasons: the team would be named after a World War One (WWI) fighting unit, the Maple Leaf Regiment. Additionally, Smythe felt that the name Maple Leafs would resonate with fans across Canada, while the St. Pats would only engage a local population.

Smythe next set to work building a team of strong players. New additions to the team included Joe Primeau, Red Horner, and goaltender Lorne Chabot for the 1928-29 season; the new name and the new players drove the Leafs to the playoffs for the first time since 1925. By the next year, the team also added Charlie Conacher and Harvey Jackson. Together, Primeau, Conacher, and Jackson would make up the "Kid Line" of the Leafs; nevertheless, the team failed to make the 1930 playoffs. So, Smythe returned to the bargaining table, and purchased "King" Clancy from the Ottawa Senators for the unprecedented sum of $35 000 and two players. The Leafs team was now a powerhouse, known as a gutsy, hardworking team, exemplifying Smythe's (perhaps apocryphal) dictum, "if you can't beat them in the alley, you can't beat them on the ice," finishing second in the Canadian Division during the 1930-31 season, and thanks in part to Foster Hewitt's radio broadcasts of Leafs games, hockey in Toronto was gaining popularity.

As the team's popularity increased, Smythe recognized the need for a new arena for the Leafs. In the depths of the Depression he was able to arrange financing for a new arena, and the Maple Leaf Gardens was built in 5 months in 1931 with the Leafs playing their first game at the new arena on 12 November 1931, when they were defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks. Built above the ice was a gondola for Foster Hewitt; from his perch, Hewitt began his famous Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts. As if in celebration of the team's new beginnings, the Toronto Maple Leafs won their first franchise Stanley Cup in 1932. Though they would reach the final the next season, they lost the Cup to the New York Rangers.

The Leafs were involved in an infamous incident on 12 December 1933 while playing against their chief 1930s rival, the Boston Bruins. During the game, the Bruins' Eddie Shore crashed into the Leafs' star Ace Bailey; Bailey hit the ice and cracked his skull. The incident nearly killed Bailey, and ended his hockey career. The Leafs rallied and finished the season as leaders in league scoring. However, their luck in the post-season ran out as the team was knocked out of the finals from 1935 to 1940. Although the 1930s had seen the team reach the finals seven times, the Cup only reached Leafs' hands once. Consequently, coach Dick Irvin stepped down, and was replaced by former Leaf defenceman Hap Day.

Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1940s

The Leafs began the 1940s with high hopes after having come so close to the Cup for so many years. With their lineup of Gordie Drillon, Syl Apps, and goal tender Turk Broda, the stage was set for Leaf success. They were not disappointed, though there were some challenges along the way. One was the 1942 Stanley Cup final series against the Detroit Red Wings. Though the Leafs were thought to be the team to beat, Detroit won the first three games, and hope seemed all but lost for Leafs fans. Despite the initial set back, Toronto went on to win the next four games handily, and took home their second Stanley Cup. A second challenge for the team was the loss of many star players to the armed forces in World War Two (WWII), including 1942 Cup stars Apps and Broda. Detroit eliminated Toronto from the 1943 playoffs, while the Montreal Canadiens did the same for the 1944 playoffs.

In 1945, the Toronto Maple Leafs met the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of playoffs. The Canadiens, who had not lost as many players to the War front, were considered the superior team; nonetheless, Toronto eliminated the Canadiens in six games. They then met the Detroit Red Wings in the final; Detroit was set on reversing the results from three years prior. Though Toronto won the first three games, Detroit tied the series at three games each. Nevertheless, Toronto won the seventh game and their third Stanley Cup.

Though the team failed to reach to playoffs in 1946, by the 1946-47 season, Leafs' stars were returning to the team to join the Leafs' rookies. The old with the new proved to be a winning combination. Toronto met the first place Montreal Canadiens in the Cup final. The first game was a disaster; Toronto lost 6-0, which prompted the Canadiens to accuse them of not belonging in the final. Inspired to prove their rivals wrong, Toronto edged the Canadiens in six games, and won the 1947 Stanley Cup. That win, the Leafs' fourth Stanley Cup, proved to be just the beginning for the group. The following playoffs, the team defeated the Red Wings in four straight games. The two teams would meet again the next year at the 1949 Stanley Cup final; once again the Leafs triumphed and swept the Red Wings in four straight games for their sixth Stanley Cup.

Toronto in the 1950s

The Red Wings would get their chance to meet Toronto again in the 1950 playoffs; this series, however, had a very different ending for Toronto. During the first game, Red Wing Gordie Howe was seriously injured while when he crashed into the boards, and required surgery. The Red Wings therefore had a rallying point, and their mission was to bring down Kennedy and the Leafs. Detroit finally succeeded in beating the Toronto Maple Leafs for the Cup.

Toronto's next return to the final was an all-Canadian battle, with the Leafs meeting the Montreal Canadiens in 1951. Leafs defenceman Bill Barilko was said to have saved the day in game five. Despite orders from coach Joe Primeau to stay put in his defence position, Barilko scored the winning goal in overtime. The win secured the series for the Leafs, and gave the team their fourth Stanley Cup in five years. Celebrations were short lived, however, as Barilko went missing in the summer following the Cup win, having never returned from a fishing trip. Convinced that their star was returning, the team began the 1951-52 season with Barilko's locker ready to go. Years later, Barilko's body, and that of his pilot friend, was found in the rubble of an airplane crash north of Timmins.

The loss of Barilko seemed to set the Leafs down a mediocre path. They finished the 1951-52 season in third place, and were swept by their Detroit rivals in the semi-finals. They went on to finish out of playoff contention in 1953, their first time missing the playoffs since 1946. As a result, coach Joe Primeau stepped down, replaced by King Clancy. In an attempt to spruce up the team, owner Smythe brought in a series of new players and traded away many of the Leafs' former champions. Replacements included Tim Horton, George Armstrong, Ron Stewart, Dick Duff, Bob Pulford, Carl Brewer, and Frank Mahovlich. Despite the overhaul, however, the team met with little playoff success. Howie Meeker replaced Clancy as team coach, but he led the Leafs to the bottom of the NHL. By 1958, they were in fifth place of the six-team league, with their fourth coach of the decade in Billy Reay.

Changes arrived in the form of a relatively unknown Punch Imlach, the Leafs' new general manager. Almost immediately, Imlach fired coach Reay, named himself coach, and declared that Toronto, despite sitting at the bottom of the league, would reach the playoffs in 1959. Incredibly, Imlach's prediction came true, and the Leafs made the playoffs on the last night of the season, their first appearance since 1956. Imlach then made another bold prediction: the Leafs would win the Stanley Cup. Although it was not to be, the Leafs, who had begun the season in the bottom of the NHL, did meet the Montreal Canadiens in the 1959 Stanley Cup final. Despite Imlach's prediction, the Leafs failed to dethrone the Canadiens.

Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1960s

Punch Imlach's is often credited with choosing veteran players from other NHL clubs to finish out their careers in Toronto. One significant acquisition by Imlach was a trade for Red Kelly of the Detroit Red Wings. Kelly, who had an ankle injury and had been suspended for refusing a trade to the New York Rangers, was instead traded to the Leafs for defenceman Marc Reaume. Imlach also acquired junior hockey star David Keon. With players like Keon, Kelly, Horton, Brewer, and Captain George Armstrong, the Leafs had a line up that posed a serious threat to the league leading Montreal Canadiens. The Leafs were poised to enter the 1961 playoffs; unfortunately, the team was riddled with injuries, and were taken down by the Detroit Red Wings in the first round. That series was the last the Conn Smythe would enjoy as Leafs' owner; that year, he relinquished control to his son Stafford Smythe, Harold Ballard, and John Bassett. The team, however, was ready to return the following season. This time, the team would not be denied. They took home the 1962 Stanley Cup, 11 years after their last win at the hands of Barilko's overtime winning goal. Poignantly, soon after their 1962 win, the cause of Barilko's disappearance was finally discovered.

The 1962 win was just the beginning for the Leafs. The team went on to their second consecutive Cup in 1963, and tied their record of three Stanley Cups in a row in 1964. Throughout these two seasons, Imlach spent his time trading Leafs players for stars from other teams. However, the with the new Leaf stars aging, the team's playoff successes did nothing to stop the Montreal Canadiens from taking the Cup in 1965. The stage was set, however, for a showdown at the 1967 Stanley Cup finals between the Canadian rivals.

By most accounts, the 1967 playoffs were meant to belong to the Canadiens, and not the Leafs. Not only was Montreal the host of the World Expo '67, Canada's centennial celebrations were planned in the city, and the Canadiens had plans to display their winning 1967 Stanley Cup in the Quebec pavilion at Expo. They had reason to expect the win, as they had won the Cup for the past two seasons, had a much younger team than Toronto, and the Leafs had played a mediocre season. However, the Leafs took the series to a game seven deciding match and won their 11th Stanley Cup.

The win would be a turning point for the Leafs. Not only is it the last Cup the team has won to date, it was also the last Cup of the NHL's "Original Six" - the six teams that formed the basis of the NHL from 1942-1967. Following the 1966-67 season, the NHL doubled in size to twelve teams. The Maple Leafs' era as a NHL powerhouse was over. The Leafs remain the only one of the Original Six to have failed to win the Stanley Cup in the 43 years since then.

Although Imlach attempted to unsuccessfully bolster the Leafs to a playoff berth in 1968 with a number of ill-advised trades to Detroit for Norm Ullman, Paul Henderson, and Floyd Smith, Imlach's magic was gone. Players began dissenting against him, and although the team did advance to the playoffs in 1969, they were quickly beaten by Bobby Orr and the Boston Bruins. Leafs president Stafford Smythe soon after fired Imlach, bringing an end to what would be the first Imlach era.

Toronto in the 1970s

With Imlach gone, the Leafs were led by coach John McLennan and general manager Jim Gregory. Although the team finished out of the playoffs, their low ranking allowed them to draft Darryl Sittler, a player who would come to dominate the Leafs through the 1970s and become the second all-time Leafs scorer. Despite the promise and success that the Leafs met with, they were knocked out of both the 1971 and 1972 playoffs in the first round. Controversy was also brewing in the Leafs management. Leafs president Stafford Smythe and vice president Harold Ballard were charged with tax evasion. Stafford Smythe died before going to trial, leaving the convicted Ballard to manage the team behind bars for one year. Ballard, however, would lead the once great team to ruin. To start, Ballard, not believing in the potential of the newly formed World Hockey Association, lost many of the Leafs stars to the WHA teams, leaving the remaining players with one of the Leafs' weakest teams ever.

Jim Gregory thus went on a mission to rebuild the team roster, starting with acquiring Lanny McDonald, Bob Neely, and Ian Turnbull. He also sent scouts to Europe, and signed Inge Hammarstrom and Borje Salming. Along with Sittler, who on 7 February 1976 recorded the best-ever offensive game in the history of the NHL when he scored 10 points in a victory over the Boston Bruins, the team seemed to have a new life. However, they were eliminated in three playoffs in a row by the physically dominant Philadelphia Flyers. By the 1977-78 season, McLennan was relieved of his coaching duties and replaced by Roger Neilson. Despite Neilson's abilities to rally the team to the playoff semi-finals, the team was plagued by the antics of team owner Ballard. Late in the 1978-79 season, Ballard fired Neilson, only to reinstate him a few days later for lack of a replacement.

In 1979 owner Harold Ballard made the unexpected decision to fire Neilson and Gregory, and re-hire Imlach to run the franchise; consequently, the team suffered serious setbacks in the decade that followed. Leafs players feuded with Imlach for the better part of the 1979-80 season, and by the end, Imlach had traded nearly half the Leafs roster. Sittler and fellow teammates were incensed by the new management and the trading of star players such as Dave Keon and Lanny McDonald, with Sittler cutting the "C" ("Captain") off his sweater prior to a 1979 game in protest. Ballard's antics were only to continue through the next decade.

Toronto in the 1980s

The 1980s are considered the darkest period in Leafs' history, and are best remembered not for the stellar play of the Leafs players, but for the antics of its owner, Harold Ballard. Throughout the 1980s, the Toronto Maple Leafs appeared to be in disarray at the hands of Ballard, who replaced three general managers and four coaches during the decade. He also insisted that his name, foot, and handprints be preserved in concrete below centre ice at Maple Leaf Gardens. The epoxy mixture led to inconsistent ice just above, affecting the quality of play at centre ice. Just as the decade was beginning, many players had enough. Leafs star Darryl Sittler demanded to be traded midway through the 1981-82 season, and was subsequently sent to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Leafs experienced little success at the start of the decade, and missed the playoffs in 1982, 1984, and 1985.

As a result of their low standings, the Leafs were awarded a number of early draft picks. This brought Jim Benning, Gary Nyland, Russ Courtnall, and Al Lafrate to the team. Although they managed to secure these draft picks, Ballard refused to pay the salary they demanded and the talent was soon lost to other NHL teams. One highlight came in 1985 when the team had the first pick overall in the NHL entry draft. The Leafs selected Wendel Clark of the Western Hockey League's Saskatoon Blades. Clark went on to become one of the most popular players in franchise history, serving as the team's captain. His physical play exhilarated fans during the late 1980s when the team did so poorly. With Clark, the team did achieve some success, making it to the second round of playoffs in both 1986 and 1987, and the first round in 1988. However, by 1989, the Leafs had missed the playoffs entirely. By the 1989-90 season, it was obvious that the once great team was gone. Though they returned to the playoffs in 1990, they were knocked out in the first round by the more disciplined St. Louis Blues.

Perhaps most significantly for the Leafs, the end of the Ballard era arrived on 11 April 1990, when the owner passed away. Shortly after his death, Ballard's centre ice hand and footprints were filled in, and the epoxy resin removed.

Toronto in the 1990s

By the beginning of the 1990s, the Toronto Maple Leafs and their fans were looking to put the dismal past decade behind them. Following Ballard's death in 1990, supermarket entrepreneur Steve Stavro purchased the team. Hope came in the form of Cliff Fletcher, who had led the Calgary Flames to success. Fletcher was hired in the hopes that he could build this kind of success in Toronto. One of Fletcher's first moves was a seven player trade with the Edmonton Oilers that brought goaltender Grant Fuhr and winger Glenn Anderson to the Leafs. In addition, he masterminded a ten player trade from the Calgary Flames for Gary Leeman. In return, the Leafs acquired Doug Gilmour and Jamie Macoun.

Although the Leafs missed the 1991-92 playoffs, the team had a new spirit. This was bolstered again when Fletcher hired former Canadiens coach Pat Burns to lead the Leafs. Although Fuhr was sent to Buffalo, the Leafs had a new goaltender named Felix Potvin. The new team appeared to be a winning lineup, with the Leafs finishing the 1992-93 season in third place with a team record of 99 points. The Leafs made it to the third round of the 1993 playoffs. Despite the heartbreaking loss to Wayne Gretzky's Los Angeles Kings in game seven, it was the furthest the team had made it since 1967. They repeated this standing in the 1994 playoffs.

Before the 1994-95 season began, Fletcher unexpectedly traded many Leaf stars, including captain Wendel Clark, for Swedish centre Mats Sundin, who went on to become one of the most popular Leaf players and captains. Nevertheless, the Leafs lost in the first round of the 1995 playoffs, and followed up with a slump in the 1995-96 season. Coach Burns was fired, and Dough Gilmour, who had almost led the team to two Stanley Cup finals, was traded to New Jersey. Fletcher was subsequently let go by the Leafs owners. The team missed the playoffs in both 1997 and 1998.

The decade ended with a new coach behind the bench, Pat Quinn, and a new netminder, Curtis Joseph. They also played their last game at Maple Leaf Gardens on 13 February 1999. A week later, the team played their first game in the new Air Canada Centre. They celebrated the year with a trip to the Stanley Cup semi-finals under coach Quinn, but the Leafs were knocked out by the Buffalo Sabres.

Toronto 2000 - present

The Leafs continued to improve into 2000, the first year they reached the 100 point mark and their first division title in 37 years. The team reached the second round of playoffs in both 2000 and 2001, losing both times to the New Jersey Devils. In 2002, with many of their players sidelined with injuries, including captain Sundin, the team lost in the Eastern Conference finals in six games. Despite attempts to re-sign Joseph, the Leafs' goalie left for the Red Wings. Dreams of a great comeback began with the re-signing of Doug Gilmour; however, the dreams would not be realized, as Gilmour suffered a season ending knee injury. As a result, Gilmour retired after the 2003 regular season. In 2004 they accumulated a franchise record for points, finishing fourth in the Eastern Conference. However, after the NHL lockout, which cancelled the 2004-05 season, the Leafs have struggled, failing to qualify for the playoffs for five consecutive seasons. Star player and long-time captain Sundin left as a free agent in 2008 and signed with the Vancouver Canucks. In 2008, the contract of general manager John Ferguson Jr. was not renewed and he was replaced on an interim basis by Cliff Fletcher while the team searched for a replacement.

Pressure was on the club to hire a general manager to take the team back to its glory days of the 1960s. Eventually, they secured Brian Burke, who left the GM position with the Anaheim Ducks to join the Leafs in November 2008. He made an impression early by trading away the team's first round draft choices in the 2010 and 2011 entry draft to get forward Phil Kessel from the Boston Bruins. The Leafs again struggled, even with Kessel, and finished 29th in the 2009-10 season, resulting in the Bruins getting the second pick overall, which they used to select Tyler Seguin of the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers.

Under the control of corporate entity Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment since 2003, the team remains one of the richest in professional sports. Its home games are usually sold out and its fan base, known as "Leaf Nation," remains among the most loyal in the sports world, despite not winning any championships since 1967.

Stanley Cup Results

1966-67
1967 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens

Game One -Montreal Canadiens 6, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Game two - Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Montreal Canadiens 0
Game three - Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Montreal Canadiens 2
Game four - Montreal Canadiens 6, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Game five - Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Montreal Canadiens 1
Game six - Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Montreal Canadiens 1

Toronto Maple Leafs win series 4-2, and the Stanley Cup


1963-64
1964 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings

Game One -Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Detroit Red Wings 2
Game two - Detroit Red Wings 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 3
Game three - Detroit Red Wings 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 3
Game four -Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 2
Game five - Detroit Red Wings 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Game six - Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 3
Game seven - Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 0

Toronto Maple Leafs win series 4-3, and the Stanley Cup


1962-63
1963 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings

Game One -Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 2
Game two -Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 2
Game three - Detroit Red Wings 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Game four -Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 2
Game five -Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Detroit Red Wings 1

Toronto Maple Leafs win series 4-1, and the Stanley Cup


1961-62
1962 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Game One -Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Chicago Blackhawks 1
Game two -Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2
Game three - Chicago Blackhawks 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 0
Game four - Chicago Blackhawks 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Game five -Toronto Maple Leafs 8, Chicago Blackhawks 1
Game six - Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Chicago Blackhawks 1

Toronto Maple Leafs win series 4-2, and the Stanley Cup


1959-60
1960 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Game one - Montreal Canadiens 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Game three - Montreal Canadiens 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Game four - Montreal Canadiens 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 0

Montreal Canadiens win series 4-0, and the Stanley Cup


1958-59
1959 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens

Game one - Montreal Canadiens 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 3
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Game three - Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Montreal Canadiens 2
Game four - Montreal Canadiens 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Game five - Montreal Canadiens 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 3

Montreal Canadiens win series 4-1, and the Stanley Cup


1950-51
1951 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens

Game one - Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Montreal Canadiens 2
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Game three - Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Montreal Canadiens 1
Game four - Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Montreal Canadiens 2
Game five - Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Montreal Canadiens 2

Toronto Maple Leafs win series 4-1, and the Stanley Cup


1948-49
1949 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings

Game One -Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Detroit Red Wings 2
Game two -Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Detroit Red Wings 1
Game three -Toronto Maple Leafs 3 Detroit Red Wings 1
Game four -Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Detroit Red Wings 1

Toronto Maple Leafs win series 4-0, and the Stanley Cup


1947-48
1948 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings

Game One -Toronto Maple Leafs 5, Detroit Red Wings 3
Game two -Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 2
Game three -Toronto Maple Leafs 2 Detroit Red Wings 0
Game four -Toronto Maple Leafs 7, Detroit Red Wings 2

Toronto Maple Leafs win series 4-0, and the Stanley Cup


1946-47
1947 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens

Game one - Montreal Canadiens 6, Toronto Maple Leafs 0
Game two - Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Montreal Canadiens 0
Game three - Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Montreal Canadiens 2
Game four - Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Montreal Canadiens 1
Game five - Montreal Canadiens 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Game six - Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Montreal Canadiens 1

Toronto Maple Leafs win series 4-2, and the Stanley Cup


1944-45
1945 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings

Game One -Toronto Maple Leafs 1, Detroit Red Wings 0
Game two -Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Detroit Red Wings 0
Game three -Toronto Maple Leafs 1, Detroit Red Wings 0
Game four -Detroit Red Wings 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 3
Game five - Detroit Red Wings 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 0
Game six - Detroit Red Wings 1, Toronto Maple Leafs 0
Game seven - Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Detroit Red Wings 1

Toronto Maple Leafs win series 4-3, and the Stanley Cup


1941-42
1942 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings

Game One -Detroit Red Wings 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Game two -Detroit Red Wings 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Game three - Detroit Red Wings 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Game four - Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 3
Game five -Toronto Maple Leafs 9, Detroit Red Wings 3
Game six -Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Detroit Red Wings 0
Game seven - Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Detroit Red Wings 1

Toronto Maple Leafs win series 4-3, and the Stanley Cup


1939-40
1940 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Rangers

Game One -New York Rangers 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Game two - New York Rangers 6, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Game three -Toronto Maple Leafs 2, New York Rangers 1
Game four - Toronto Maple Leafs 3, New York Rangers 0
Game five - New York Rangers 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Game six - New York Rangers 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

New York Rangers win series 4-2, and the Stanley Cup


1938-39
1939 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins

Game One -Boston Bruins 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Game two -Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Boston Bruins 2
Game three - Boston Bruins 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Game four - Boston Bruins 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 0
Game five - Boston Bruins 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 1

Boston Bruins win series 4-1, and the Stanley Cup


1937-38
1938 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Game One -Chicago Blackhawks 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Game two -Toronto Maple Leafs 5, Chicago Blackhawks 1
Game three - Chicago Blackhawks 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Game four - Chicago Blackhawks 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 1

Chicago Blackhawks win best-of-five series 3-1, and the Stanley Cup


1935-36
1936 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings

Game One -Detroit Red Wings 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Game two -Detroit Red Wings 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 4
Game three -Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 3
Game four -Detroit Red Wings 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

Detroit Red Wings win best-of-five series 3-1, and the Stanley Cup


1934-35
1935 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Maroons

Game One -Montreal Maroons 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Game two -Montreal Maroons 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Game three -Montreal Maroons 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 1

Montreal Maroons win best-of-five series 3-0, and the Stanley Cup


1932-33
1933 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Rangers

Game One -New York Rangers 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Game two - New York Rangers 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Game three -Toronto Maple Leafs 3, New York Rangers 2
Game four - New York Rangers 1, Toronto Maple Leafs 0

New York Rangers win best-of-five series 3-1, and the Stanley Cup


1931-32
1932 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Rangers

Game One - Toronto Maple Leafs 6, New York Rangers 4
Game two - Toronto Maple Leafs 6, New York Rangers 2
Game three -Toronto Maple Leafs 6, New York Rangers 4

Toronto Maple Leafs win best-of-five series 3-0, and the Stanley Cup


1921-22
1922 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Toronto St. Pats vs. Vancouver Millionaires

Game One -Vancouver Millionaires 4, Toronto St. Pats 3
Game two -Toronto St. Pats 2, Vancouver Millionaires 1
Game three - Vancouver Millionaires 3, Toronto St. Pats 0
Game four - Toronto St. Pats 6, Vancouver Millionaires 0
Game five - Toronto St. Pats 5, Vancouver Millionaires 1

Toronto St. Pats win best-of-five series 3-2, and the Stanley Cup


1917-18
1918 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Toronto Arenas vs. Vancouver Millionaires

Game One - Toronto Arenas 5, Vancouver Millionaires 3
Game two - Vancouver Millionaires 6, Toronto Arenas 4
Game three - Toronto Arenas 6, Vancouver Millionaires 3
Game four - Vancouver Millionaires 8, Toronto Arenas 1
Game five - Toronto Arenas 2, Vancouver Millionaires 1

Toronto Arenas win best-of-five series 3-2, and the Stanley Cup


Toronto Maple Leafs Hall of Famers

Name Number, Position, or Title Year Inducted
Eddie Gerard Defense 1945
Frank Nighbor Centre 7 1947
King Clancy Defense 7 1958
Sprague Cleghorn Defense 2 1958
Dick Irvin Coach 1958
Conn Smythe Owner 1958
Jack Adams Centre 1959
Frank Selke Executive 1960
Syl Apps Centre 10 1961
Charlie Conacher Right Wing 9 1961
Hap Day Defence 4 1961
George Hainsworth Goaltender 1 1961
Harry Cameron Defense 1962
Rusty Crawford Left Wing 1962
Reg Noble Left Wing 1962
Sweeney Schriner Left Wing 11 1962
Joe Primeau Centre 7, 10, & 15 1963
Foster Hewitt Announcer 1965
Red Horner Defense 11 & 15 1965
Syd Howe Left Wing 15 1965
Max Bentley Centre 7 1966
Ted Kennedy Centre 9 1966
Babe Pratt Defense 12 1966
Turk Broda Goaltender 1 1967
Red Kelly Defense 4 1969
Babe Dye Right Wing 6 1970
Busher Jackson Left Wing 9, 11, & 17 1971
Terry Sawchuk Goaltender 24 & 30 1971
Hap Holmes Defense 1972
Dickie Moore Left Wing 16 1974
Carl Voss Player/Executive 6 1974
George Armstrong Centre 10 1975
Gordie Drillon Left Wing 12 & 21 1975
Pierre Pilote Defense 2 1975
Johnny Bower Goaltender 1 1976
Tim Horton Defense 7 1977
Harold Ballard Owner 1977
Ace Bailey Left Wing 6 1978
Andy Bathgate Centre 9 1978
Jacques Plante Goaltender 1 1978
Marcel Pronovost Defense 3 1978
J.P. Bickell Shareholder 1978
Harry Lumley Goaltender 1 1980
Frank Mahovlich Left Wing 1981
Allan Stanley Defense 26 1981
Norm Ullman Centre 9 1982
Bernie Parent Goaltender 30 1984
Punch Imlach Coach/General Manage 1984
Gerry Cheevers Goaltender 1 1985
Bert Olmstead Right Wing 16 1985
Leo Boivin Defense 1986
Dave Keon Centre 14 1986
Daryl Sittler Centre 27 1989
Fernie Flaman Defense 1990
Bud Poile Player/Executive 1990
Bob Pulford Left Wing 20 1991
Lanny McDonald Right Wing 7 1992
Frank Mathers Player/Executive 1992
Harry Watson Left Wing 4 1994
Borje Salming Defense 21 1996
Al Arbor Builder 1996
Howie Meeker Player/Coach/General Manager/Broadcaster 1998
Mike Gartner Right Wing 11 2001
Roger Neilson Coach 2002
Grant Fuhr Goaltender 31 2003
Larry Murphy Defense 55 2004
Cliff Fletcher President, General Manager 2004
Dick Duff Left Wing 2006
Ron Francis Centre 10 2007
Jim Gregory General Manager 2007
Glenn Anderson Right Winger/Left Winger 2008
Brian Leetch Defense 2 2009
Ed Belfour Goaltender 20 2011
Doug Gilmour Centre 93 2011
Joe Nieuwendyk Centre 25 2011