Greatest Leaf of All Time ?
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05-14-2005, 06:12 PM
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario
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Keon was my favourite Leaf when I was growing up. I also wore #14 throughout my minor hockey days.
That said the best Leafs player of all time would have to be the Big M - Frank Mahovolich. People forget that early in his career he was a fearsome fighter as well as being offensively gifted.
What drove him out of Toronto after 11 seasons was not ownership but the mind games Punch Imlach played.
You're right- Mahovlich was more Imlach's fault.
If not for the fact that he played so many seasons in other cities, I would probably choose Mahovlich, too.
Still, it feels wrong not to be choosing Syl Apps or Ted Kennedy. The more I think about it, the more I find it impossible to choose just one Leaf. It ultimately forces us to select arbitrary criteria on the one hand, or otoh, to make a largely emotional decision.
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