Category Archives: Leaf of the Day

Tod Sloan 1955-56 – the more things change….

I was listening to the radio the other day and the host was opining that if the Leafs could just land themselves a centre, they might have the makings of a legitimate first line.  This wouldn’t be a top-end first … Continue reading

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forty-one

There are days when it’s OK to grouse about all the things that ail you and there are days when it’s much more about thanking life for all the things that you have.  This is one of the latter. For … Continue reading

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Rememberance: Allan “Scotty” Davidson

When war broke out in 1914, Allan “Scotty” Davidson of Kingston enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force and was sent to Europe.  He was one of thousands and thousands of young people from all walks of life who answered the … Continue reading

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Hot starts and Gordie Drillon

Much has been made of the hot start of the Leafs in general and Phil Kessel* (*still not really Mike Bossy despite all appearances to the contrary) in particular.  Kessel’s start (now 21 points in 13 games) is certainly the … Continue reading

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My favourite Tim Horton story (and his RC)

Shows what I know. Skinny Reimer was every bit as effective as not-quite-so-skinny Reimer and I’ll enjoy this moment of him leading every conceivable goaltending category while it lasts. He even mimicked the Belfour shutout I alluded to yesterday. Good … Continue reading

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Fearless Predictions (and a ’58-59 Terry Sawchuk)

Having gone to the drug store and perused the various hockey publications and all their expert predictions, I am now in a position to make my own.  Interestingly, my take is exactly the same as everyone else’s and it won’t … Continue reading

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Is this the greatest Leif card of all time?

This might be my new favourite card.  At the very least, it’s the one that brings the biggest smile to my face when I’m looking at it.  It is every bit as much fun in person as it appears to … Continue reading

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers 2: Hank Ciesla edition (1963-64 Parkhurst)

Hank Ciesla is a name that was always kind of familiar to me.  It was a picture of Hank’s rookie card that was used to illustrate the 1958-59 Topps set in the first hockey price guides put out by Cartophilium … Continue reading

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Rob Cimetta and lessons from the South Tower

Rob Cimetta came to the Leafs in a November, 1990 deal with Boston.  The Leafs had stumbled out of the gate in disasterous fashion after a really promising year the season before.  Making matters worse was the fact that they … Continue reading

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Remembering Igor

I wanted to write about Igor Korolev today.  Of all the people who were lost in that terrible plane crash of yesterday, Korolev was not only the player whose card I had scanned and at the ready, he was also … Continue reading

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