TLN's All-Time Greatest Maple Leafs Team: Bobby Baun

Ryan Fancey
August 24 2015 12:53PM

As we embark on our annual TLN Top 20 Prospects series, it's important to remember and recognize the special players that paved the way for tomorrow's stars. Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing our first ever TLN All-Time Greatest Leafs Team, announcing a new player every day until we've filled out our 23-man roster.  

It might seem a little surprising to include a defenceman who averaged just around 15 points per season on an all-time team, especially when the Leafs have had their share of offensively gifted blue liners come and go through the years. But there was no way we were leaving Bob Baun off this roster. 

Baun was among a core of players who went through a Cup three-peat for Toronto in the early sixties, and of all the players on our list, had arguably the most shining single moment in Leafs' history. 

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TLN Prospect Profile: #10 Stuart Percy

Jeff Veillette
August 24 2015 09:11AM

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I'm of the belief that it doesn't matter where your hockey players are from; Belarus or Belleville, Scarborough or Siberia, at the end of the day, you want to assemble a roster of the best twenty guys you possibly can - their sticks will speak louder than their passports. But sometimes, you get lucky and find a good player who also has the loveable local connection. Stuart Percy was born to wear blue and white; born in Oakville, he wore it as a fan, in minor hockey, in junior, in the AHL, and for the first time last year, he wore the real deal in a regular season game.

But what does the twenty-two-year-old have to do to stick around full-time?

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TLN's All-Time Greatest Leafs Team: Ted Kennedy

Jeff Veillette
August 24 2015 07:52AM

As we embark on our annual TLN Top 20 Prospects series, it's important to remember and recognize the special players that paved the way for tomorrow's stars. Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing our first ever TLN All-Time Greatest Leafs Team, announcing a new player every day until we've filled out our 23-man roster.  

You can't have a Leafs all-time team without the first member of Legends Row, can you? In a game that's progressively become mercenaries playing well for the employer that hires them, it's always good to look back at players who weren't just Toronto Maple Leafs on their tax forms, but in their hearts as well. Ted Kennedy matched this description from the moment he joined the team until the moment he passed away.

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TLN'S ALL-TIME GREATEST LEAFS TEAM: RED HORNER

Adam Laskaris
August 23 2015 05:07PM

Despite what his nickname suggests, Red Horner was 100% a Blue and White man at heart. A product of the Toronto Marlboros junior hockey club, Horner never played for a team outside of the Toronto area his entire career. Born in Lynden, (just outside of Hamilton), Horner was a 1930s version of a hometown hero and elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1965. (Despite this, his number is not among those honoured at the Air Canada Centre. The Leafs are funny sometimes.)

In an era where teams typically carried just two pairs of defencemen, Red Horner was arguably the Leafs #3 behind King Clancy and Hap Day for much of his career. However, he was quite the player in his own right.

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TLN's All-Time Greatest Leafs Team: George Armstrong

Justin Fisher
August 21 2015 02:24PM

According to his Hockey Hall of Fame bio, George Armstrong gained his famous nickname all the way back in his junior hockey days. 

During the 1950 Allan Cup tournament where Armstrong was playing with the OHA Toronto Marlboros, the team visited Alberta's Stoney Indian Reserve. When the locals heard of Armstrong's Algonquin heritage, they presented him with a ceremonial headdress and named him "Big Chief Shoot the Puck". 

Ultimately, it was only 'Chief' that stuck, but it was fitting nonetheless. Over his 21-year career, Armstrong played more games in a Leafs uniform, wore the 'C' on his chest for longer, and lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to more Stanley Cups - in 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1967 - than anyone else in team history. Never mind whether he should be on TLN's All-Time team; Armstrong probably has the greatest argument for being named the captain.

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