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Dave Keon named greatest Maple Leaf of all-time, Mats Sundin cracks top five

The Maple Leafs’ list of the franchise’s 100 greatest players was topped by Dave Keon, but some modern-era players, such as Mats Sundin, Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk, made the cut.
via Toronto Maple Leafs

via Toronto Maple Leafs

As part of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ celebration of its 100th anniversary, the franchise has unveiled the 100 greatest players to ever pull on a Maple Leafs sweater. Players both old and new highlighted the list, but it was Dave Keon who came in at No. 1.

Keon spent the first 15 years of his illustrious career as a member of the Maple Leafs, racking up 365 goals and 858 points over the course of 1,062 games in Toronto, making him the player with the fourth-most games played in franchise history and the third-most points.

Beyond his statistical accomplishments, though, Keon was the face of the franchise for four Stanley Cup victories, including three straight from 1962 until 1964 and the most recent championship in 1967, a post-season which saw Keon capture Conn Smythe Trophy honors.

The only player in the top 10 Maple Leafs of all-time to play in the post-lockout era of the NHL is Mats Sundin, who finished fifth on the list and is widely recognized as the greatest player to suit up for the squad in the modern era. Also in the top 10 are Syl Apps, Ted Kennedy, Darryl Sittler, Tim Horton, Johnny Bower, Borje Salming, Frank Mahovlich and Turk Broda.

There are also several active players who made the list, with the only current member of the Maple Leafs’ roster being James van Riemsdyk. The 27-year-old was the first player named to the list, coming in at No. 100. 

The other active players included Dion Phaneuf (88) and Phil Kessel (48). For both players, the honor of cracking the top 100 comes little more than one year after they were shipped out as part of the Maple Leafs’ rebuild, and it’s an exceptional honor for Kessel to crack the top 50 of such a storied organization. Kessel led the Maple Leafs in scoring during each of his six seasons in Toronto before being shipped to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Other notable modern era players and fan favorites include Doug Gilmour (13), Wendel Clark (15), Curtis Joseph (35), Felix Potvin (45), Steve Thomas (54), Gary Roberts (60), Bryan McCabe (63), Darcy Tucker (70), Ed Belfour (71), Alexander Mogilny (83) and Tie Domi (93).

The complete list can be seen below:




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