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Saturday, February 17, 2007
Special Night for the 1967 Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Friday that the 1967 Stanley Cup Championship team will be reunited and recognized in a pre-game ceremony when the Edmonton Oilers visit Air Canada Centre on February 17. The game also marks the 80th anniversary of the Toronto Maple Leafs first game in 1927. Several players have confirmed their participation for the game next month including; George Armstrong, Bobby Baun, Johnny Bower, Brian Conacher, Ron Ellis, Aut Erickson, Larry Hillman, Larry Jeffrey, Red Kelly, Dave Keon, Jim Pappin, Marcel Pronovost, Eddie Shack, Allan Stanley, Pete Stemkowski, and Mike Walton.

I am just blown away watching this. I grew up with the Original 6 in the NHL and 1967 was the last year for the Original 6. Even though I lived in Detroit I always loved it when the Leafs came to the Olympia Stadium. Of the guys listed above, Bob Baun played in Detroit and one of his sons was our paperboy (they lived down the street). Frank Mahovolich, who is also there was a big favorite of mine both with the Leafs and when he played in Detroit. Terry Sawchuck, who was 37 when he took over for an injured Johnny Bower (who was 42) in net was a special friend of mine- like many goalies, he was not the most outgoing guy off the ice but he was always kind and friendly to me (a rink rat even at the age of 4). I really am enjoying this. What a great team the 1967 Leafs were.

The 1966-67 edition of the Toronto Maple Leafs captured the franchise’s 11th Stanley Cup and fourth of the decade. The team defeated the reigning two-time Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens in the sixth game on May 2, 1967 as Canada was celebrating its centennial.

Ten members of the 1967 Maple Leafs would later be enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame. A total of 11 players from the 1967 team played on the three other Stanley Cup winning teams in 1962, 1963, 1964. They are: Johnny Bower, Larry Hillman, Bob Baun, Allan Stanley, Red Kelly, George Armstrong, Dave Keon, Bob Pulford, Eddie Shack, Frank Mahovlich and the late Tim Horton. Terry Sawchuk, Bruce Gamble, Horton, and coach and general manager Punch Imlach are the only gentlemen from the 1967 team that are deceased.

Some of you may recognize the name of Tim Horton and not even realize that the shops with the best coffee ever were started by this defensive great who died at much too young of an age (as did Terry Sawchuck).

Thank you 1967 Leafs for a wonderful and exciting season.

teri
posted by Teri Springer @ 7:16 PM  
2 Comments:
  • At 7:34 PM, Blogger Joe Pelletier said…

    I'm not sure if you'd be interested in this or not, but there is an interesting posting about the 1967 Toronto Maple Leafs over at Legends of Hockey Network.

    http://www.legendsofhockey.blogspot.com/

    In depth profiles have been written about every single player who was a member of that magical team.

    Check it out at http://legendsofhockey.blogspot.com/2007/02/celebrating-1967-toronto-maple-leafs.html

     
  • At 11:52 PM, Blogger QuiltingFitzy said…

    Did you go to high school in Detroit?

    I used to live at 7 mile & Telegraph area and went to Redford.

     
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