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09-28-2006, 11:19 PM
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GM's of the Leafs/St Pats / Arenas

Conn Smythe
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In 1927 after a falling out with the NY Rangers Conn SMyth bought the Toronto St Pats and renamed then the Toronto Maple leafs. He became GM President and coach od the team in 1927.

Smythe served as Managing Director and President of Maple Leaf Gardens Limited and oversaw one of hockey's greatest dynasties when Toronto won five Stanley Cups between 1945 and 1951. He retired in 1961 as one of the greatest architects the league had ever seen
-Head coach 1927-1931

Hap Day
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Day became assistant general manager to Smythe in 1950, and he was responsible for running the team until 1957.
-Head coach of the leafs 1940-1950
Punch Imlach First Time
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In 1958 Imlach was a personnel director with the Boston Bruins when he was offered a job by Conn Smythe of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Imlach was originally hired as assistant general manager, which was an interesting title, as the Leafs didn't actually have a general manager for him to assist: all decisions were reviewed by a seven-member "hockey committee". As assistant general manager, Imlach fired Billy Reay and took over as coach early in the 1958-1959 season.

As new head coach, he quickly gained a reputation for abusing his players verbally and physically. Although questionable, this tactic seemed to work, as he led the Toronto Maple Leafs to 4 Stanley Cups in 1962, 1963, 1964 and finally in 1967. As general manager, he was adept at plucking players off the waiver wire (as in the case of goalie Terry Sawchuk) and engineering spectacular blockbuster trades (the Andy Bathgate deal in February 1964).

Following expansion of the NHL from 6 teams to 12 for the 1967-1968 season, the Leafs struggled and Imlach responded by pulling off another big trade. In February 1968 Frank Mahovlich, Garry Unger, Pete Stemkowski and the rights to then-retired Carl Brewer were sent to the Detroit Red Wings for Paul Henderson, Norm Ullman and Floyd Smith.

After an early and embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Boston Bruins in the 1969 playoffs, he was unceremoniously fired by the Leafs
Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs 1959-1968
2nd coming
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In 1979 Leafs owner Harold Ballard hired Imlach to try to resuscitate the dying team. Hailed as the Second Coming in Toronto, Imlach's brief two years was the most controversial time in the history of Maple Leaf Gardens. He got rid of a number of popular players, including Lanny McDonald, which caused an enormous rift in the Leafs dressing room and failed to improve the club's on-ice performance. He suffered another heart attack in 1981 and was forced to leave the Leafs entirely.
Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs 1980-1981
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Gerry McNamara -In 1982-83 McNamara was promoted as the Maple Leafs general manager, after co-holding the position in 1981-82 with Punch Imlach. He remained in the role for six years, through the 1987-88 season. During his tenure he became known as one of the toughest negotiators when it came to trades with other teams. In fact, in an unofficial survey of managers, McNamara ranked second only to Montreal's Irving Grundman.
Gord Stellick
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He is also a former General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. At 30 when he was appointed in 1988, he became the youngest GM in NHL history.


Floyd Smith
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Coached the Leafs for the 1979-80 season. He then went on to become a scout for the team, then chief scout and was the Leafs general manager from 1989 to 1991.
Cliff Fletcher
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Fletcher moved on to the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he was the Chief Operating Officer, president and General Manager from 1991 to 1997.
Ken Dryden
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Dryden is perhaps one of the brightest lights in the modern world of hockey, and that is why in 1997 he was invited by the Toronto Maple Leafs to help rebuild the team. In three short years, the new president has managed to transform a mediocre franchise into one of the league's most aggressive and highest-scoring teams.
-looks like he wasnt a leafs gm.

Mike Smith
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leafs gm from 1997 till 1999.
Pat Quinn
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Leafs Gm from 1999 till 02 03
JFJ
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Leafs gm from 03- 06

Who else has been gm in Toronto?


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09-28-2006, 11:24 PM
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Howie Meeker for one - in the summer of 1957 for a few weeks until he punched out Stafford Smythe (so Meeker says).

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Conn Smythe
Hap Day
Punch Imlach
Gerry McNammara
Gord Stellick
Floyd Smith
Cliff Fletcher
Ken Dryden
Mike Smith
Pat Quinn
JFJ


Who else has been gm in Toronto?

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Conn Smythe
Hap Day
Punch Imlach
Gerry McNammara
Gord Stellick
Floyd Smith
Cliff Fletcher
Ken Dryden
Mike Smith
Pat Quinn
JFJ


Who else has been gm in Toronto?
1969-79 - Jim Gregory
1917-18 - Jimmy Murphy ?
1917-22 - Charlie Querrie ?
1926-27 - Mike Rodden ?
1919-1926 - ?

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Was Dryden ever general manager - I know he was the president but I didn't think he was GM. Although I think he would have been able to make some great deals if he was - he could have some kind or rambling story which uses way to many metaphors and lull the other GMs into a false sense of security and then strike.


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Was Dryden ever general manager - I know he was the president but I didn't think he was GM. Although I think he would have been able to make some great deals if he was - he could have some kind or rambling story which uses way to many metaphors and lull the other GMs into a false sense of security and then strike.
wasnt he aco -gm with mike murphy and mike smith ?

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From the NHL Official Guide & Record Book 2006:

Toronto GM History: Charles Querrie, 1917-18 to 1926-27; Conn Smythe, 1927-28 to 1956-57; Hap Day, 1957-58; Punch Imlach, 1958-59 to 1968-69; Jim Gregory, 1969-70 to 1978-79; Punch Imlach, 1979-80, 1980-81; Punch Imlach and Gerry McNammara, 1981-82; Gerry McNammara, 1982-83 to 1987-88; Gord Stellick, 1988-89; Floyd Smith, 1989-90, 1990-91; Cliff Fletcher, 1991-92 to 1996-97; Ken Dryden, 1997-98, 1998-99; Pat Quinn, 1999-2000 to 2002-03; John Ferguson, 2003-04 to date

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im shocked that mike smith isnt mentioned

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Toronto GM History:

1 Charles Querrie, 1917-18 to 1926-27;
2 Conn Smythe, 1927-28 to 1956-57;
3 Hap Day, 1957-58;
4 Punch Imlach, 1958-59 to 1968-69;
5 Jim Gregory, 1969-70 to 1978-79;
6 Punch Imlach, 1979-80, 1980-81;
Punch Imlach and Gerry McNammara, 1981-82;
7 Gerry McNammara, 1982-83 to 1987-88;
8 Gord Stellick, 1988-89;
9 Floyd Smith, 1989-90, 1990-91;
10 Cliff Fletcher, 1991-92 to 1996-97;
11 Ken Dryden, 1997-98, 1998-99;
12 Pat Quinn, 1999-2000 to 2002-03;
13 John Ferguson, 2003-04 to date

12 men have held the post of Toronto's GM

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Hap Day was gone from the Leafs after the 1956-57 season and Howie Meeker was the GM in the summer of 1957. Stafford Smythe then ran things along with coach Billy Reay before Punch Imlach was hired.

Doesn't anyone remember when Dryden couldn't find a GM to hire? There were 4 GMs at that time - Dryden, Mike Smith, Bill Watters and Anders Hedberg.

By the way, the present GM should be called - John 'Floyd Smith' Ferguson for all the bonehead moves he has made.

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Toronto GM History:

1 Charles Querrie, 1917-18 to 1926-27;
2 Conn Smythe, 1927-28 to 1956-57;
3 Hap Day, 1957-58;
4 Punch Imlach, 1958-59 to 1968-69;
5 Jim Gregory, 1969-70 to 1978-79;
6 Punch Imlach, 1979-80, 1980-81;
Punch Imlach and Gerry McNammara, 1981-82;
7 Gerry McNammara, 1982-83 to 1987-88;
8 Gord Stellick, 1988-89;
9 Floyd Smith, 1989-90, 1990-91;
10 Cliff Fletcher, 1991-92 to 1996-97;
11 Ken Dryden, 1997-98, 1998-99;
12 Pat Quinn, 1999-2000 to 2002-03;
13 John Ferguson, 2003-04 to date

12 men have held the post of Toronto's GM

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By the way, the present GM should be called - John 'Floyd Smith' Ferguson for all the bonehead moves he has made.


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I believe Tie Domi was GM during the lockout

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