Category Archives: Leafs

Tall Boys #4 – John Ferguson (and the demise of the enforcer)

With the demotion of Colton Orr a week or so ago, Brian Burke held a press conference in which he expressed his sorrow at the fact that the current direction of the game is one that has no room for … Continue reading

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Top 11 of 2011 – a clown, the old ball yard and a moment of rememberance for Johnny Wilson

Before getting back into the list of cards, I wanted to take a minute to remember Johnny Wilson – former NHL player and coach and uncle to current Leafs coach Ron Wilson.  Johnny passed away on the 27th at the … Continue reading

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Harry ‘Hap’ Holmes – one of the greatest goalies nobody remembers

Goaltender Harry “Hap” Holmes won four Stanley Cups, faced Georges Vezina five separate times with either the Cup or a championship (sometimes both) on the line and was never beaten (one draw in 1919 when the flu interrupted play), is … Continue reading

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Finding your game at 23

Whether it’s a sports fan, a GM or a card collector, everybody loves the guy who busts out of the gate in a hurry – the can’t miss prospect who doesn’t.  Clearly, they’re awesome.  In a cap-constrained league, those kids … Continue reading

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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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Running goalies and Reggie Smith’s batting crown

Elliotte Friedman of the CBC does a wonderful column called 30 Thoughts.  I’ve fired all the synapses I seem to have available and  can only come up with two.  I’ll blame this on being Monday. 1. Running the goalie The radio was all … 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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What if there was a centennial and nobody noticed?

This is George McNamara of the Toronto Tecumsehs, one of two NHA (the precursor to the NHL) teams that were due to start play for the 1912-13 season.  The other team – the Blueshirts – is far better-known to modern … Continue reading

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Random celebrity encounters – Johnny Bower edition

When I was a kid, it was not uncommon to know where at least one NHL player lived.  While they made good money, it was not absurd money and there was a good bet that at least one lived on … Continue reading

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