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Allan Stanley, D

Position: Defenseman
HT/WT: 6'2", 182 lbs
Handedness: Left
Nickname(s): "Snowshoes"
Born: March 1st, 1926 in Timmins, ON

- inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1981.
- 6-time top-10 in All-Star D Voting (3, 3, 3, 6, 10, 10)
- 4-time Stanley Cup Champion - (1962, 1963, 1964, 1967)
- 3 acknowledgements for the Second NHL All-Star Team - (1960, 1961, 1966)
- scored 100 goals and 333 assists for 433 points in 1244 games, adding 792 penalty minutes.
- scored 6 goals and 33 assists for 39 points in 109 playoff games, adding 100 penalty minutes.

Top 10 Point Finishes: (among defensemen)

2nd (59-60), 4th (57-58), 5th (54-55), 5th (56-57), 5th (60-61), 6th (61-62), 8th (63-64), 10th (58-59)

Voting Record

Hart Voting Record:

9th (59-60)

Norris Voting Record:

2nd (59-60), 3rd (60-61), 7th (65-66), 8th (55-56), 8th (56-57), 8th (61-62), 10th (63-64), 12th (62-63)


Greatest Hockey Legends

Stanley was a fixture on the Leafs' four championship teams of the 1960s. He often was paired along side big Tim Horton on a blueline that also boasted Marcel Pronovost, Carl Brewer and Bobby Baun. Stanley became a bit of an offensive presence in the era before Bobby Orr redefined a defenseman's offensive role. Stanley was a pinpoint passer and as a result he often saw time on the Leafs' power play units.


Allan Stanley ranks as one of the greatest defensemen to ever wear Maple Leaf blue and white. Stanley was a superstar - He was a solid defensive blueliner who eventually would become outstanding en route to a Hall of Fame career. Toronto fans were very appreciative of Stanley's textbook defense and subtle majesty. Allan has to rank as one of the greatest defensive back liners in the history of the NHL, and it was eventually duly noted while he played. He is not your typical superstar, but a definite important star that every team needs.
Legends of Hockey

Stanley would prove yet another franchise wrong when he became a fixture on the Leafs' championship teams in the 1960s. He was often teamed with Tim Horton, another big veteran who knew a lot about positional play, and was a large part of the league's, and perhaps history's, best defensive unit with Carl Brewer, Bobby Baun and Marcel Provonost. Stanley also used his veteran savvy in the offensive zone and was placed on the Leafs' powerplay because of his accurate passes. Beginning in 1960, rumours began to circulate about his retirement. That season Stanley was voted to the league's Second All-Star Team. The next season there were more rumours and once again Stanley was an alternate All-Star. He ended up playing 10 seasons in Toronto, finally living up to his last name when the Maple Leafs won the Cup in 1962, the first of his four Cup wins with the team. His final title came in 1967, and after one more season with Toronto, he moved to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1968. He finally retired in 1969 at the age of 43.
Hockey's Glory Days: The 1950s And '60s

By the start of the 1958-59 season, Boston had given up on Stanley and he was once again traded, this time to Toronto for Jim Morrison. Punch Imlach was resurrecting careers in Toronto, and while most of the league believed that Stanley's career was on its last (very slow) legs, Imlach breathed new life into the veteran. Paired with Tim Horton, another veteran, the two complemented each other and became rocks on the Leafs' blueline.

"Horton was my buddy. I roomed with Tim," explained Allan. "We played together for most of 10 years. On the road, we were inseparable. It seemed like all the defensemen were pretty close, but Tim and I, wherever we went, we went together." George Armstrong contended that Stanley was the reason Horton developed into the All-Star defenceman he became.
Allan Stanley was overlooked behind star teammates and fellow great defensemen such as Doug Harvey, Red Kelly, Tim Horton and Harry Howell, but he played 1,244 games over a 21-year NHL career and was recognized eventually as one of the greats of the game. He never was noted for his skating speed, but his ability to anticipate the flow of the game meant he rarely was caught out of position.

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