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05-13-2005, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by The Messenger
Keon's Resume

15 Seasons... 1960 -1975

1052 Games as Leaf - 4th most (Armstrong 1188, Horton 1184, Salming 1099)

858 points in Blue and White- 2nd most all-time (Sittler 916)

4 Stanley Cups Rings including .. 36 points in 36 games and

The Conn Smyth Trophy winner in Leafs Last Cup in 1967 as Playoff MVP

He really doesn't need defending .. His accomplishments speak for themselves.

and as you said Pep .. Had Ballard not gotten involved Keon may never have left for the WHA .. and would have lead in all statistical categories during his distinguished career.

Keon is a good choice and he was my first favourite Leaf. As a kid I had a number 14 Leafs jersey. For the sake of comparison, here are Sittler's stats:

As a Leaf, 916 points in just 848 games (389 goals, 527 assists).

Fought Bobby Clarke before the first puck was dropped in a playoff game against the Flyers! (Surely that should count for something)

For a scorer, he was never afraid to get his nose dirty, racking up almost as many pims as points.

Scored one of Canada's biggest goals ever in the 1976 Canada Cup.

Much like Keon, Sittler's story was messed up by Harold Ballard. Had the old goat not traded Lanny MacDonald in a deliberate attempt to upset Sittler, Darryl would likely have finished his career as a Leaf and become the only thousand point player in team history. Who knows? A Macdonald/Sittler combo might have even led Roger Neilson's squad to a Stanley Cup.

Frank Mahovlich is another player who should have played his entire career in Toronto, if not for stupid ownership.

I love Keon, but he loses a few points for not forgiving and forgetting- especially when another hockey great- Ken Dryden- made such a push to welcome him back.

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