Toronto Maple Leafs: All-Time Dream Team

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Toronto Maple Leafs

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have had some amazing players over the years. Let’s take a look at their all-time 23 man roster.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the most historic franchises in the NHL. Ergo, they have had their fair share of excellent players play for them. 62 of their players have been enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame. It’s no coincidence hockey’s Mecca lies in Toronto.

They have retired 13 numbers, though most of them were retired at the start of 2016. Before then, in order to have your number retired, you had to make a significant contribution to the franchise and suffer a career-ending incident while a member of the Maple Leaf team. Or just have your number retired around the entire NHL, like Wayne Gretzky.

This list was tough to assemble. Because the Maple Leafs has such a storied history, there are some special qualifications each person on the list fulfills. First of all, minimum 200 games played for the team. So you won’t see William Nylander, Mitch Marner or even Auston Matthews on this list.

The team will consist of 13 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders. Sorry, no trips to Robidas Island on this team. Before we look at the players, who’s the coach for this motley crew?

Head Coach

Hap Day is the obvious choice to take the helm. No Leafs head coach has won more Stanley Cups than his five. Day led the Maple Leafs during the 1940’s. It’s not a coincidence they were basically a dynasty during that time. Punch Ilach was great as well. But he only won four Stanley Cups with the team. Day won more and led some barely playoff caliber teams to be much more than the sum of their parts.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the Toronto Maple Leafs all-time 23 man roster.

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