If there is a player who inspires near-hysteria among the Leafs Nation, it is Doug Gilmour. Selected by St. Louis in the seventh round, he eventually started in 1983 when the Blues’ depleted roster required a call-up. Nicknamed ‘Killer’ for his intensity, Gilmour played like a man much larger. After five seasons and the1987 Canada Cup tournament, the Blues traded Gilmour to Calgary. That year, he was a star in the playoffs (22 points in 22 games) and the Flames won their sole Stanley Cup. After three more seasons, he was traded to Toronto in the biggest deal in league history. In his first full season, he earned 127 points, a Maple Leaf franchise record and still won the Frank Selke trophy for best defensive forward! The Leafs made him captain in 1994, which he remained until he was traded to New Jersey in 1997. He then bounced between Chicago, Buffalo and Montreal before returning to Toronto. In 1656 games, he finished with 510 goals and 1092 assists for 1602 points.
Darcy Tucker is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player, who played most of his National Hockey League (NHL) career with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tucker was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the sixth round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1998, where he played for three seasons before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2000. On July 1, 2008, he joined the Colorado Avalanche and Tucker announced his retirement after 14 seasons in the NHL on October 1, 2010
Rick Vaive played in the NHL from 1979-1992 and is best remembered as the first 50 goal scorer for the Toronto Maple Leafs, a feat he accomplished three times. He entered the NHL in 1979 after being selected 5th overall by the Vancouver Canucks, after an impressive junior career with the Sherbrooke Castors. He scored 54 goals in 1981-82, 51 goals in 1982-83 and 52 goals in 1983-84. He was also captain of the Maple Leafs from 1982-86. In 1987, he was traded to Chicago, scoring 43 goals in his first season and afterwards, spent 4 season with the Buffalo Sabres, retiring in 1992. In 1993, he joined the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Canucks and has served as a minor-league coach in Hamilton, Charleston, St. John and Mississauga in the OHL.
Mike Krushelnyski learned the fundamentals of the game in his hometown Montreal, that lead to a NHL career of almost 900 games. Drafted by Boston in 1979 he spent two years in the organization before joining full time in 1982-83. He scored 23 goals and 65 points in his rookie season and quickly became regarded as one of the best young players in hockey. Traded in 84-85 season to the Oilers where he recorded his career highs as well as the Stanley Cup and played in the 1985 All-Star Game. Krushelnyski was part of the biggest trades in NHL history, On August 9, 1988, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings with Wayne Gretzky and Marty McSorley. He played with the Kings before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs during 1990-91. He was with Toronto for four seasons before signing for one year with the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent. He finished his career in 1996-97.
Signed as a free agent by Toronto in 1984, “Stumpy” alternated between the AHL and the Maple Leafs for a season before moving up for good and scoring 57 points in 65 games. The following year, he scored 35 goals before being traded to Chicago. Thomas struggled through two injury-plagued season before scoring 40 goals in 1989-1990. He then joined the New York Islanders in 1991 and set a career-high mark of 42 goals in 1994. In 1995, he joined the New Jersey Devils for three seasons before resigning with Toronto. Moving back to Chicago for a season and a half, he was traded to the Anaheim in 2003 and helped lead them to the Stanley Cup finals. He later became the Assistant/Mentor Coach for the St. Michael’s Buzzers, a Jr. A team in Toronto.
Antropov, hails from Kazakhstan was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs 10th overall in the ’98 NHL Entry Draft. He made his pro debut with the Maple Leafs in the ‘99/’00 season. In his rookie season he tallied 30 points in 66 games. He spent almost 9 seasons with the Maple Leafs before moving to the NY Rangers, Atlanta Thrashers and finished his NHL career in Winnipeg. Antropov played in 788 regular season NHL Games and had 465 points. He also represented his homeland in the World Juniors, World Championships and the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Drafted out of the QMJHL by the Boston Bruins in the 6th round of the 1994 NHL entry Draft, Roy spent his first 4 seasons between in the minors and NHL trying to make an impact large enough to get a regular spot on a roster. That chance came in the ’99-’00 season with the Ottawa Senators. His size and style of play made room for his teammates and earned him a large fan following quickly in the nation’s capital. Roy would also go onto play in Tampa Bay where he won a Stanley Cup in 2004, Pittsburgh and finished his career with Calgary in 2009. He played in 515 NHL Games racking up 1169 Penalty Minutes.
Crowder was drafted by the New Jersey Devils 108th overall in 1986. Crowder quickly became a fan favorite in NJ with his style of play and willingness to drop the gloves with NHL heavyweights like Bob Probert. He accumulated 433 career penalty minutes in 150 NHL games playing for New Jersey, Detroit Red Wings, LA Kings and Vancouver Canucks
Kraig started playing competitive hockey at the age of 19, joining the Sarnia Jr. Bees. He quickly became a skilled player and went onto play NCAA Div. I with R.P.I. winning a National Championship in 1985. After college he spent a few seasons between Boston and their AHL farm team before going to Europe where he played professionally for 10 more seasons. He is currently the lead singer in the band 9 House and has opened for Tom Cochrane and The Tragically Hip at charity events.
Primeau was drafted in the 1st Round, 17th overall in the ’94 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. He scored a goal in his first NHL game during the ‘94/’95 season but didn’t become a full time NHL’er until the ‘96/’97 season with the Sabres. Wayne would spend the next 4 seasons in Buffalo and helped them reach the Stanley Cup Finals in ‘98/’99 only to lose in triple OT on the controversial goal by Brett Hull, now commonly known in Sabre Land as NO GOAL! Wayne would go onto play in Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Boston, Calgary and finished his career in Toronto in 2010. His career totals are 864 Games Played with 215 points.
John grew up in Ontario and played in the NCAA for the Michigan Tech Huskies for 4 years and earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering. Scott went undrafted by the NHL but signed as a free agent with the Houston Aero’s of the AHL and then with the Minnesota Wild of the NHL in 2008/09 season. He played for two seasons in Minnesota before moving to Chicago, NY Rangers, Buffalo, San Jose, Arizona and lastly Montreal in the 2015/16 season. The final season is where John found his biggest fame by being named to the NHL All STAR Game as a fan vote in player. John enjoyed the All-Star Game and the story become such a hit that a movie is in the making. Scott was named the All-Star Game MVP. His NHL Totals are 286 games played with 544 Penalty minutes and 11 points.
Todd was Captain of Team Canada at the World Juniors and was drafted in the first round by Dallas in 1993. He played parts of four seasons for the Stars before being traded to the New York Rangers. Again relegated to a call-up role, Harvey moved to the San Jose Sharks where his chippy and aggressive style provided protection for his teammates, as well as adding some occasional points. In his final NHL campaign, Harvey was apart of the Edmonton Oilers Cinderella run to the 2006 Stanley Cup final, which they lost in 7 games to the Carolina Hurricanes. Harvey is currently a scout with the Vancouver Canucks.
Konopka played for the Ottawa 67’s in the OHL scoring 185 points during his four years with the club before turning pro. After four seasons in the OHL, Konopka split his 2002-03 season with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers. In the summer of 2004, Konopka signed as a free agent with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and went on to suit up for the club’s AHL affiliate in Cincinnati for the 2004-05 season. After a full season in the AHL, Konopka went on to make his NHL debut with the Ducks in 2005-06, while spending most of the season in the AHL with the Portland Pirates. Zenon would also play for the Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Minnesota Wild and the Buffalo Sabres. Konopka established himself as one of the NHL’s best and most willing enforcers ending his career with over 1000 penalty minutes.
Maruk played junior with the London Knights and tallied 370 points before being drafted by the California Golden Seals in 1975. He became NHL’s first rookie to score five shorthanded goals in a season. Dennis had 8 20+ goal seasons including back to back seasons of 50 then 60 in ‘81/’82 while with the Capitals. His years with the Capitals, were some of his best – statistically. He is the first Capitals player to score 100 points in a season. Dennis also played for Cleveland Barons and finished his career with the North Stars and had 878 points in 888 regular season NHL games!
Stock went undrafted after two seasons with the Victoriaville Tigers of the QMJHL where he amassed 957 penalty minutes. He signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in 1997 where he spent the next three seasons playing for the Rangers and their AHL farm team, the Hartford Wolf Pack. Prior to 2000–01, Stock signed a free agent contract with the Montreal Canadiens. He played 20 games that year, before being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. After a brief return to New York in the following offseason, Stock was claimed by the Boston Bruins. Stock totaled 523 penalty minutes in 235 NHL games before retiring in 2004. After retirement Stock had his own show on Montreal radio called The Stock Exchange on Team 990. Stock debuted on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada in 2007 as a panel member for The Hot Stove segment.
LeClair played for four seasons at the University of Vermont, leading the team in goals, points and penalty minutes in his senior season in ‘90/’91 After his last game in the college ranks he was immediately called up to the Montreal Canadiens, the team that had drafted him 33rd overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. LeClair played 16 seasons in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, and Pittsburgh Penguins. With the Flyers, LeClair became the first American-born player to score 50 goals in three consecutive NHL seasons while playing on the Legion of Doom line with Eric Lindros and Mikael Renberg. LeClair was a member of the Montreal Canadiens’ Stanley Cup winning team in 1993.
Matthew was the fourth round, 84th overall selection of the Buffalo Sabres in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, Barnaby is a graduate of the QMJHL. In his first full season in the NHL, with the Buffalo Sabres, Barnaby led the league with 335 minutes in penalties. Barnaby also played for Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Colorado Avalanche, Chicago Blackhawks and the Dallas Stars. Everywhere he went Barnaby became a fan favorite with his feisty play and give all attitude. Unfortunately, his career was cut short due to concussion issues. He would finish with 834 games played and over 2500 penalty minutes.