Best All Time Maple Leafs – By Nationality

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Maple Leafs Hot Stove has been tasked with the challenge of submitting (for a blog series soon to be announced at a popular hockey website) a team of eight past or present Maple Leafs who were the best Blue and White representatives of the following countries:

  1. Canada
  2. USA
  3. Russia
  4. Czech Republic
  5. Slovakia
  6. Sweden
  7. Finland
  8. The Rest of The World (i.e. any country not listed here specifically)

Our only criteria is that the player must have played 80 games for the Maple Leafs.

With Brian Leetch disqualified by that criteria, the USA seems to have a lock in Phil Kessel. Czech Republic seems in little doubt with Tomas Kaberle. Picking the Canadian is pretty much a question of “who is the best all-time Maple Leaf outside of Mats Sundin,” so have fun with that one.

Let’s hear your answers.

Also, here is a link to a list of Leafs which you can organize by Nationality.

Totals
Rk Player From To Tm Lg Pos GP G A PTS
1 Mats Sundin* 1995 2008 TOR NHL C/RW 981 420 567 987
2 Darryl Sittler* 1971 1982 TOR NHL C 844 389 527 916
3 Dave Keon* 1961 1975 TOR NHL C 1062 365 493 858
4 Ron Ellis 1964 1981 TOR NHL RW 1034 332 308 640
5 Rick Vaive 1980 1987 TOR NHL RW 534 299 238 537
6 George Armstrong* 1950 1971 TOR NHL RW/C 1187 296 417 713
7 Frank Mahovlich* 1957 1968 TOR NHL LW/C 720 296 301 597
8 Wendel Clark 1986 2000 TOR NHL LW 608 260 181 441
9 Bob Pulford* 1957 1970 TOR NHL LW/C 947 251 312 563
10 Ted Kennedy* 1943 1957 TOR NHL C 696 231 329 560
11 Lanny McDonald* 1974 1980 TOR NHL RW 477 219 240 459
12 Syl Apps* 1937 1948 TOR NHL C 423 201 231 432
13 Charlie Conacher* 1930 1938 TOR NHL RW 326 200 124 324
14 John Anderson 1978 1985 TOR NHL RW/LW 534 189 204 393
15 Busher Jackson* 1930 1939 TOR NHL LW 432 186 165 351
16 Sid Smith 1947 1958 TOR NHL LW 601 186 183 369
17 Ron Stewart 1953 1965 TOR NHL RW/C 838 186 182 368
18 Gary Leeman 1984 1992 TOR NHL D/LW/RW 545 176 231 407
19 Dick Duff* 1955 1964 TOR NHL LW 582 174 168 342
20 Babe Dye* 1920 1931 TOT NHL RW 177 173 42 215
21 Norm Ullman* 1968 1975 TOR NHL C 535 166 305 471
22 Harry Watson* 1947 1955 TOR NHL LW 500 163 122 285
23 Paul Henderson 1968 1974 TOR NHL LW 408 162 156 318
24 Tod Sloan 1948 1958 TOR NHL RW/C 549 162 184 346
25 Bill Derlago 1980 1986 TOR NHL C 378 158 176 334
26 Borje Salming* 1974 1989 TOR NHL D 1099 148 620 768
27 Darcy Tucker 2000 2008 TOR NHL LW/RW/C 531 148 171 319
28 Doug Gilmour* 1992 2003 TOR NHL C 393 131 321 452
29 Nick Metz 1935 1948 TOR NHL C/LW 518 131 119 250
30 Gordie Drillon* 1937 1942 TOR NHL RW 262 127 117 244
31 Sergei Berezin 1997 2001 TOR NHL LW/RW 357 126 94 220
32 Errol Thompson 1971 1978 TOR NHL LW 365 126 119 245
33 Nik Antropov 2000 2009 TOR NHL C/RW 509 125 166 291
34 Reg Noble* 1918 1925 TOT NHL LW 160 125 59 184
35 Max Bentley* 1948 1953 TOR NHL C 354 122 134 256
36 Dave Andreychuk 1993 1996 TOR NHL LW/RW 223 120 99 219
37 Red Kelly* 1960 1967 TOR NHL C 470 119 232 351
38 Phil Kessel 2010 2013 TOR NHL C/RW 282 119 134 253
39 Vincent Damphousse 1987 1991 TOR NHL C/LW 394 118 211 329
40 Tom Fergus 1986 1992 TOR NHL C 357 118 179 297
41 Steve Thomas 1985 2001 TOR NHL LW/RW 377 118 173 291
42 Ed Olczyk 1988 1991 TOR NHL RW/C 257 116 151 267
43 Miroslav Frycer 1982 1988 TOR NHL RW 329 115 153 268
44 Alexei Ponikarovsky 2001 2010 TOR NHL RW/LW 477 114 143 257
45 Ian Turnbull 1974 1982 TOR NHL D 580 112 302 414
46 Ace Bailey* 1927 1934 TOR NHL RW 313 111 82 193
47 Tim Horton* 1950 1970 TOR NHL D 1185 109 349 458
48 Sweeney Schriner* 1940 1946 TOR NHL LW 244 109 83 192
49 Tiger Williams 1975 1980 TOR NHL LW 407 109 132 241
50 Billy Harris 1956 1965 TOR NHL C 610 106 181 287
51 Daniel Marois 1989 1992 TOR NHL RW 285 106 80 186
52 Lorne Carr 1942 1946 TOR NHL RW 236 105 121 226
53 Peter Ihnacak 1983 1990 TOR NHL C 417 102 165 267
54 Eddie Shack 1961 1975 TOR NHL LW/RW 504 99 96 195
55 Corb Denneny 1918 1927 TOT NHL LW/C 135 98 41 139
56 Bob Davidson 1935 1946 TOR NHL LW/C 491 94 160 254
57 Mark Osborne 1987 1994 TOR NHL RW/LW 426 94 160 254
58 Mikhail Grabovski 2009 2013 TOR NHL C 340 91 117 208
59 Russ Courtnall 1984 1989 TOR NHL C/RW 309 90 128 218
60 Dan Daoust 1983 1990 TOR NHL C 518 87 166 253
61 Matt Stajan 2003 2010 TOR NHL C 445 87 136 223
62 Hap Day* 1925 1937 TOT NHL LW 538 86 113 199
63 Inge Hammarstrom 1974 1978 TOR NHL LW 292 85 82 167
64 Tie Domi 1990 2006 TOR NHL RW 777 84 112 196
65 Mike Walton 1966 1971 TOR NHL C/RW 257 84 107 191
66 Tomas Kaberle 1999 2011 TOR NHL D 878 83 437 520
67 Terry Martin 1980 1984 TOR NHL LW 317 83 76 159
68 Bryan McCabe 2001 2008 TOR NHL D 523 83 214 297
69 Howie Meeker 1947 1954 TOR NHL RW 346 83 102 185
70 Gary Roberts 2001 2004 TOR NHL LW 237 83 74 157
71 Al Iafrate 1985 1991 TOR NHL D 472 81 169 250
72 Jim McKenny 1966 1978 TOR NHL D 594 81 246 327
73 Gaye Stewart 1943 1948 TOR NHL LW 165 81 52 133
74 Jack Adams* 1918 1926 TOT NHL C 133 78 31 109
75 Jonas Hoglund 2000 2003 TOR NHL LW 325 78 106 184
76 Wilf Paiement 1980 1982 TOR NHL RW 187 78 125 203
77 Joe Klukay 1947 1956 TOR NHL LW/RW 416 76 94 170
78 Nikolai Kulemin 2009 2013 TOR NHL LW 351 75 100 175
79 Andy Blair 1929 1936 TOR NHL C 358 74 83 157
80 Harry Cameron* 1918 1923 TOT NHL D 105 71 45 116
81 Baldy Cotton 1929 1935 TOR NHL LW 285 68 88 156
82 Bill Thoms 1933 1939 TOR NHL C/D 279 68 92 160
83 Joe Primeau* 1928 1936 TOR NHL C 310 66 177 243
84 Billy Taylor 1940 1946 TOR NHL C 222 66 118 184
85 Greg Terrion 1983 1988 TOR NHL LW 427 66 103 169
86 Dan Maloney 1978 1982 TOR NHL LW 270 65 84 149
87 Alexander Mogilny 2002 2004 TOR NHL RW 176 65 101 166
88 Glenn Anderson* 1992 1994 TOR NHL RW 221 63 94 157
89 Buzz Boll 1934 1939 TOR NHL LW 213 61 39 100
90 Igor Korolev 1998 2001 TOR NHL RW 297 60 101 161
91 Pat Boutette 1976 1980 TOR NHL RW/LW 349 59 82 141
92 Todd Gill 1985 1996 TOR NHL D 639 59 210 269
93 Rick Kehoe 1972 1974 TOR NHL RW 184 59 72 131
94 Rudy Migay 1950 1960 TOR NHL C 418 59 92 151
95 Walt Poddubny 1982 1986 TOR NHL C/LW 186 59 86 145
96 Cal Gardner 1949 1952 TOR NHL C 220 58 95 153
97 George Ferguson 1973 1978 TOR NHL RW/C 359 57 110 167
98 Bill Ezinicki 1945 1950 TOR NHL RW 271 56 79 135
99 Bert Olmstead* 1959 1962 TOR NHL LW 246 56 109 165
100 Rocky Saganiuk 1979 1983 TOR NHL RW 230 56 62 118
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/23/2013.

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  • JeffNB

    1. Gary Valk
     2. Gary Valk
     3. Gary Valk
     4. Gary Valk
     5. Gary Valk
     6. Gary Valk
     7. Gary Valk
     8. Gary Valk

    • NotInsane

      JeffNB 
      Done!

  • Mattmark

    Sundin was good, but Salming was extraordinary.  The finest wingers of the day couldn’t get by him on the boards, and he was dynamite on the attack.  Plus he was courageous and durable, a real warrior.
    As for the Canadians, how do you pick between Keon, Horton, Bower, Sittler and Gilmour?  They were all terrific.

  • LeafsForLife

    For Canadians i would have to say Gilmour first and then its a toss up between Keon, Sittler, Clark, Roberts, maybe Turnball and possibly Cujo.
    For the Swedes, I would have to go with Salming. Was always one of my favorites growing up for good reason. 
    I will go with Kessel for the USA. Of course.

    Not really sure about other countrys. I will look them up later i think.

  • Mattmark

    I’ve written on this subject before, but Granberg’s comments the other day about having to adjust to ‘small rink’ hockey put it back in mind.  When, oh when, will we settle on a standard rink size, so that Europeans aren’t paying to watch moving dots and North Americans aren’t subjected to a version of roller derby–two strides followed by endless scrums along the boards?  There’s got to be a happy medium.  Can you imagine, in soccer, Germany and Brazil meeting for the World Cup after learning and playing the game on fields of different dimensions?  The continuing inability to get together on this very basic issue is the most bush-league aspect of hockey.

    • Xxxxxnew

      I remember saying the exact same thing about a decade ago or before. My argument then was teams should have taken advantage of all the new rinks they were building to enlarge the ice, even if it was just half way to Olympic size. If you look at the old black and white highlights of Leaf games it looks like players are playing on Lake Ontario in the old MLG. That’s because players were so much smaller they called 6’2′, 200 pound Elmer Vasko “moose.
      Some games it looks like they’re playing in a closet these days.

    • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

      Mattmark Zero foresight by the League in not anticipating this problem before all the new rinks were built. Now, no way in hell are they taking out 4-5 rows of the top seats in order to make the rink bigger.

      • Xxxxxnew

        I was talking to an arena guy once who thought just two rows would do it, and he said additions would be possible higher up in most buildings. He also pointed out that since the new first row of seats would be larger in circumference there would actually be more seats in the first row, which you could charge a premium for.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Refresh

    • ErikGruber

      DeclanK The stats tables aren’t fitting on the page

      • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

        ErikGruber DeclanK Refresh

        • ErikGruber

          DeclanK ErikGruber That did the trick

    • Kouba

      DeclanKHow about http://www.nhl.com/ice/careerstats.htm?gameType=2&team=TOR&position=S&country=&active=&viewName=careerLeadersForTeam you can sort by nationality too I guess

  • ErikGruber

    Someone is trolling Grabovski lol

  • Kouba

    4. Czech Republic – Me (NHL 99) I scored over 200 pts as a D that season and we actually won several cups that year alone!

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    1. Dave Keon
    2. Phil Kessel
    3. Alex Mogilny
    4. Tomas Kaberle
    5. Marian Stastny
    6. Mats Sundin
    7. Nik Hagman (eek)
    8. Owen Nolan (Ireland)

    • Alec Brownscombe

      -Keon- 86 if you include playoffs, which we will.

      • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

        -Keon- I’m Irish. It’s a ridiculous choice that I stand by.

  • Armchair GM

    Anybody watching the ’75 Leafs taking on the Flyers in ESPNc?

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ daveybolland

    Too bad they have to have played some games and not just have been leaf property.
    Would’ve given number 8 to Olaf Kolzig out of Germany. Briefly Leaf property and I believe the team was forced to give up a draft pick because of the trade.

  • Xxxxxnew

    I’m biased towards guys who have actually hoisted the Cup.

  • YakovMironov

    Off the top of my head:
    Canada- Gilmour
    U.S.- Kessel
    Russia- Borschevsky
    Czech- Kaberle
    Slovakia- Ihnacak
    Sweden- Sundin
    Finland- Hagman (edging out Aki Berg)
    Random- Steve Thomas

    • Alec Brownscombe

      YakovMironov Thomas is the best answer for no. 8. Born in England.

      • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

        Alec Brownscombe YakovMironov Forgot about that. That’s a great one. 
        Now – one thing I was unclear with was: are we going with career’s versus career’s as Leafs?

      • YakovMironov

        Alec Brownscombe YakovMironov If you need contributors for this I’d love to do a write up for Hagman.

        • NotInsane

          YakovMironov Alec Brownscombe 
          Only if you include highlight reel footage of Hagman’s finest moments.

        • YakovMironov

          NotInsane YakovMironov Alec Brownscombe you mean pictures of his wife?

        • NotInsane

          YakovMironov NotInsane Alec Brownscombe 
          Is she worth it?

        • ErikGruber

          YakovMironov NotInsane Alec Brownscombe Uhh Jyrki Lumme?

        • Alec Brownscombe

          YakovMironov Alec Brownscombe We do, actually. I think Hagman will be our Finn of choice, too. You know where to send it.

        • Ze_theLeafsFan

          Alec Brownscombe YakovMironov Isn’t Toskala our finest Fin?

        • Ze_theLeafsFan

          Alec Brownscombe YakovMironov :)

        • YakovMironov

          Alec Brownscombe YakovMironov cool, I probably should have picked someone better, but I can have fun with the Hagman section. Let me know if there is a template I need to follow.

        • YakovMironov

          NotInsane YakovMironov Alec Brownscombehttp://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images_root/slides/photos/000/557/582/Piritta-Hannula_display_image.jpg?1291962425

        • Alec Brownscombe

          YakovMironov Alec Brownscombe We’ll include the video where he scores that insane goal coming out of the corner after getting cut on the face by his own visor

        • NotInsane

          YakovMironov NotInsane Alec Brownscombe 
          I’d say she’s worth it

        • Alec Brownscombe

          NotInsane YakovMironov Alec Brownscombe Check that – in that sequence, Hagman ran into the ref, fell over, pushing the visor over his face, took a puck to the head, got up, skated to the other corner, deked two Florida Panthers out of their pants and tucked it in.

  • Uncle Otis

    1 Sittler
    2 Kessel
    3 Yushkevich
    4 Kaberle
    5 Ihnacak
    6 Salming
    7) Komorov
    8) Steve Thomas -Uk

    • ErikGruber

      -Keon- weird that nhl.com doesn’t list him under uk

      • ErikGruber

        -Keon- #BlameBettman

      • Uncle Otis

        ErikGruber -Keon- 
        I don’t think he spent much time there…just a trivia quirk
        Considered Canadian

  • Xxxxxnew

    I’m having trouble with Dougie because he spent almost as much time with St. Louis and then Calgary, and then ended up with New Jersey, Chicago, Buffalo and Montreal over his last eight years.

  • ErikGruber

    1. So hard to choose. So I will go with my favourite, Tim Horton
    2. Phil Kessel
    3. Alexander Mogilny
    4. Tomas Kaberle
    5. The only Slovak with over 80 games played is Robert Svehla according to NHL.com
    6. Duuuh, Sundin!
    7. Jyrki Lumme
    8. Alexei Ponikarovsky

    • Uncle Otis

      ErikGruber 
      on #6
      Duh…wrong! lol

      • ErikGruber

        Uncle Otis ErikGruber Well I guess you could argue that Salming played on a worse team and put up amazing numbers. Fair enough. I never got to see him play as well, being born in ’86.

        • Uncle Otis

          ErikGruber
          See my post above..
          If a poll was conducted amongst Swedes themselves, it wouldn’t be close

  • http://twitter.com/jmckelvie RielledUp

    Does this popular website rhyme with Fuck Paddy

  • YakovMironov

    No love for Robert Svehla in the Slovakian category?

    • Kouba

      YakovMironov No doubt he was the best Slovakian player here. But he came at the end of his career.

  • Uncle Otis

    Only picks worthy of debate are 1 and 6
    On # 6…ask any slightly ripe middle age Swede who was better…Salming or Sundin… and I bet it is damn near unanimous
    The King

  • rustynail

    1 Teeder Kennedy
    2 Phil Kessel
    3 Alex Mogilny
    4 Kaberle
    5 Ihnacak
    6 Salming
    7 Toskala
    8 Thomas

    • Uncle Otis

      rustynail 
      I was gonna put Toskala down for shits and giggles too….slim pickings

    • Savo43

      rustynail Toskala over Aki Berg? =O

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    http://www.hockey-reference.com/play-index/psl_finder.cgi?request=1&match=combined&year_min=&year_max=&season_start=1&season_end=-1&age_min=0&age_max=99&birth_country=&franch_id=TOR&is_active=&is_hof=&pos=S&handed=&c1stat=&c1comp=gt&c1val=&c2stat=&c2comp=gt&c2val=&c3stat=&c3comp=gt&c3val=&c4stat=&c4comp=gt&c4val=&order_by=goals&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool#stats
    Good list to organize by Nationality.

  • http://twitter.com/jmckelvie RielledUp

    1 Sittler 2 Kessel 3 Mogilny 4 Kaberle 5 Svehla 6 Sundin 7 Hagman 8 Thomas

  • Welder24

    In the Sweden category, it’s Borje Salming over Mats Sardine ANYDAY of the year.  Salming was a warrior, one of the greatest Leafs of all time.  What he endured in the Philly playoff series of ’75 and ’76 is the stuff of legend.  Sardine, on the other hand, had a mostly forgettable, mediocre impact in comparison to Borje.

    • Uncle Otis

      Welder24 
      Wont go that far,but my biggest problem with Sundin is I think he could have given more…been all world, like he was in the Olympics
      Anyway,no comparison in my books…Salming in a cake walk.

      • wendelsway1

        Uncle Otis Welder24 Salming all the way!  :)

        • Uncle Otis

          wendelsway1 
          Good taste me lady….Sweden’s favourite maker of undergarments :)

      • Savo43

        Uncle Otis Welder24In my books id say no comparison, Sundin in a cake walk =D. People gotta forgive him already.

        • Uncle Otis

          Savo43 
          Has nothing to do with that…Salming is a legend

        • Savo43

          Uncle Otis Savo43 So is Sundin.

        • Uncle Otis

          Savo43 
          Not so much

        • Uncle Otis

          Savo43 
          t…o quote Borat lol

        • Savo43

          Uncle Otis Savo43 Oh, i guess he’s just the top leading scorer in the most storied franchise because he’s not. Totally.

        • Uncle Otis

          Savo43 
          This will be a generational split vote
          And as I said, Borje is more loved than Sundin amongst those that saw him play…here and back home

        • Savo43

          Uncle Otis Savo43 Man what a biased statement. How do you know that he’s “more loved”. Based on what vote, based on what door to door survey? Its all hearsay. If Sundin is loved any less here, its because ppl can’t get over their feelings being hurt when he went to Vancouver, not because Salming was a better player. Because plain and simple, Salming was not the better player.

        • Savo43

          Uncle Otis Savo43 and i will tell you this as a fact, more ppl alive today, know who mats sundin is than borje salming.

        • Uncle Otis

          Savo43 
          Try reading a bit on the subject before you jump down my throat…at least how Borje is viewed in Sweden
          And yes,IMO Salming was the better player in his time/era all things considered.
          More than a few here agree as well

        • wendelsway1

          Savo43 Uncle Otis Welder24 Has absolutely nothing to do with it….and everything to do with having watched both play the game. :)

        • rustynail

          Savo43 Uncle Otis not true

        • rustynail

          Savo43 Uncle Otis did you watch Salming play? Know he was basically the first successful European in the NHL?

        • wendelsway1

          rustynail Savo43 Uncle Otis A bloody warrior that knew how to play a Canadian brand of hockey……fearless

        • Uncle Otis

          rustynail 
          In the toughest era of hockey no less

        • Savo43

          rustynail Savo43 Uncle Otis You oldies and your history. Bruce Lee is better than Anderson Silva as well i guess. The glory days are always….well they’re glorified, so be it, ill step down, and strongly disagree =).

        • Uncle Otis

          Savo43 
          Don’t trip over your potty while stepping down youngster ;P

        • Savo43

          Uncle Otis rustynail  The “toughest” era based on recklessness maybe. Those guys would get pumped by the enforcers of today. Just to put the evolution of humans into perspective here.

        • Savo43

          Uncle Otis Savo43 Nice one. I’ll try not to lol.

        • Savo43

          wendelsway1 rustynail Savo43 Uncle Otis Lolll, those 70 or so stitches really had ya fall in love eh ;). I get it, warrior, but Sundin’s ability to dominate a game offensively and lift a team on his back, is a little different. Also…if we’re saying the warriors are the better of the nationalities than the extremely talented and dominant, then why do we have Mogilny over Yushkevich?

        • Savo43

          wendelsway1 rustynail Savo43 Uncle Otis PS: Not saying Salming couldn’t lift a team btw, he clearly did, but imo nobody will ever do it like Sundin did. He’s the only guy at 6″5 ive seen go end to end, undress a team and go back hand top ched. He was truly special. (That was with the Nordiques btw, against the Canucks in OT)

        • Dink

          wendelsway1 rustynail Savo43 Uncle Otis Salming was Sundins hero

        • rustynail

          @Dink wendelsway1 rustynail Savo43 Uncle Otis also true

        • wendelsway1

          Savo43 wendelsway1 rustynail Uncle Otis Ya know, it is possible to be a warrior and be extremely talented and dominate……Salming was and did.  :)   You might want to realize that this is an opinion piece and we are all entitled to one….and not agreeing with you doesn’t make us wrong, just means our opinions differ…

      • Savo43

        -Keon- I need some youth defending me, you legends got me out numbered ;P.

      • Uncle Otis

        Savo43 
        Don’t forget outsmarted ;P

      • Savo43

        Uncle Otis Savo43 Mmmk.

      • Uncle Otis

        -Keon- 
        Sounded more like a stroke lol

      • Komas Taberle

        Uncle Otis -Keon- Salming did copious amounts of Cocaine, screwed woman left right and center and still was the 1st star of the hockey game the next night, my vote for best European to play for the Leafs.

      • Uncle Otis

        Komas Taberle 
        They don’t call him King for nuthin’ lol

      • Komas Taberle

        Uncle Otis Komas Taberle That is how he got his nickname, players thought he had another leg down there.

      • Uncle Otis

        Komas Taberle
        It’s a wonder they didn’t call him Sea Trout 😉

    • KenBreadner

      Welder24 Only the top scoring Leaf of all time, despite playing with a pair of soup cans on his wings for most of his Leaf tenure. Yeah, completely forgettable,

  • Uncle Otis

    Tim Leiweke would hate this blog 😉

    • rustynail

      Uncle Otis that does make it more fun

  • wendelsway1

    1. Sittler
    2.  Kessel
    3. Mogilny
    4. Kaberle
    5. Ihnacak
    6.  Salming
    7. Pffffft!  it’ll have to be Komarov
    8. Stumpy

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    -Keon- You use Poni and critique my use of Nolan as my “other country” selection? Pfffttt.

  • Jordan29

    GilmourKesselA-MoKabbyRobert Svehla?SundinAki Berg :)Steve Thomas

  • BigM27

    Can Bower
    USA Kessel
    Russia Borschevsky
    Sweden Salming
    Czech Kaberle
    Slovak P Ihnachek
    Finn

  • BigM27

    Finn no answer
    ROW. Andropov Kaz, Stumpy is Canadian

    • LeafsForLife

      BigM27 Actually i think Stumpy was British.

      • Savo43

        LeafsForLife BigM27 Yup, lived here as a youngster though, so hes a dual.

    • Uncle Otis

      BigM27
      Stockport England..see here
      http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=5377

  • Savo43

    Owen Nolan is Irish!!!! Pretty sure he’s born in Belfast. So Nolan is our best Irish!

  • mcloki

    Canada – SittlerUSA – KesselRussia – MogilnyCzech Republic – KaberleSlovakia – ?Sweden – SalmingFinland – Komorov
    Tough ones.

    • rustynail

      mcloki thought Komorov wasn’t eligible due to games played

      • mcloki

        rustynail mcloki it felt like he played 80 games. Had more impact than Aki Berg.

        • mcloki

          rustynail I;m trying to think of an other. Does Grabo Count? as German.

    • wiski

      mcloki Was Inge Hammarstrom a Finn or swede?

      • rustynail

        wiski mclokiswede came over with Salming, with eggs in his pockets :)

        • Burtonboy

          rustynail wiski mcloki Yep and he could go int the corners and come out without breaking them too

        • rustynail

          Burtonboy rustynail wiski mcloki at least he went into the corners unlike Reichel

        • Burtonboy

          rustynail Burtonboy wiski mcloki lol true

        • mcloki

          rustynail Burtonboy wiski mcloki I heard he moved into a round house after he retired.

        • rustynail

          mcloki rustynail Burtonboy wiski the original deer in the head lights anywhere near a corner

  • rustynail

    -Keon- that was my toughest call to be honest

    • wendelsway1

      rustynail -Keon- Agreed, rusty….my toughest call as well.

  • Xxxxxnew

    He was a warrior.

  • Dink

    1 Sittler 
    2 Kessel 
    3 Mogilny 
    4 Kaberle 
    5 Svehla 
    6 Salming 
    7 Hagman 
    8 Thomas

  • mcloki

    -Keon- I’d take Markov over Dimitri. Loved that crazy guy. But he was a beaut. Mogilny just had skill out the wazoo. And he was funny.

  • mcloki

    What planet did Todd Gill come from? 😉

    • rustynail

      mcloki planet of the lefties?

      • wiski

        rustynail mcloki LOL loved that call and down goes brown.

  • Dink

    Frycer and Paiement were 2 of my faves…mean bastards

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/Jefflerhttps://twitter.com/Jeffler/status/359784212703875072
    I think https://twitter.com/BizNasty2point0 has spent more time typing out response tweets to trolls than he has playing in the NHL Retweeted by https://twitter.com/CorporalKomarov

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/SeanFitz_Gerald
    Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel will tee off in a pro-am at the RBC Canadian Open tomorrow afternoon. [insert ancient golf joke here]

    • wiski

      Burtonboy I heard Kadri and Phil are pretty good same for Franson

      • Burtonboy

        wiski Burtonboy Apparently Liles is the pro on the Leafs . Scratch

        • rustynail

          Burtonboy wiski no surprise and Phil is just good at everything

        • Burtonboy

          rustynail Burtonboy wiski Yeah the trill just seems to be a natural. Not so sure about Kadri but I did hear he can hit it a mile

        • leafmealone

          rustynail Burtonboy wiski having sick hand-eye co-ordination goes a long way in golf.

    • rustynail

      Burtonboy are you talking about Phook? :)

      • Burtonboy

        rustynail Burtonboy He’s no slouch from the sounds of it lol

        • rustynail

          Burtonboy rustynail except for that damn windmill hole :))))

        • Burtonboy

          rustynail Burtonboy lol

        • Uncle Otis

          rustynail 
          Those concrete fairways really scoot !

  • leafmealone

    Sergei Berezin has to make the top 5 Russians. Him, Mogilny, and Yushkevich for sure.

    • MaxwellHowe

      leafmealone Berezin – the Grabovski of the 90s.  Same tendency to rush the puck with little consequence. Exciting though, in a Russ Courtnall sort of way

  • Komas Taberle

    Canadian Keon
    American Kessel
    British Stumpy
    European Salming
    Muslim Kadri lol!

    • Lescott

      Muslim isn’t a nationality, it’s a religion. Give your head a shake.

      • leafmealone

        Lescott Kadri would however be the best arab the games ever seen though. lol

        • Lescott

          Maybe. but that’s a race.

  • rzemtsov

    Canada – Gilmour
    Russia – Yushkevich
    Czech Republic – Kaberle
    Sweden – Sundin
    USA – Kessel
    Rest of the world – Grabovski (Belarus)

  • Bernier_The_Boats

    Eddie O should be higher on the list..

    • rustynail

      Bernier_The_Boats who ? :)

  • MaxwellHowe

    Best French Canadian – Felix Potvin? Vince Damphouuse? Sylvain Lefebvre?…..Yanic Perreault???….Bunny Laroque?… Frederick Gauthier?

    • Uncle Otis

      MaxwellHowe
      this
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aI0QTEJjIg

      • Komas Taberle

        Uncle Otis MaxwellHowe Or this!
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwAWHOnrKjo

        • Uncle Otis

          Komas Taberle
          Hahaha..I remember!
          Kinda liked this guy as a kid…for real
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FP59mN7gKyE
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_az9_Mf6D8Q

      • daniel marois

        Uncle Otis MaxwellHowe 
        This takes ME back in the day… MUSIQUE PLUS rulz!!!

      • daniel marois

        Uncle Otis MaxwellHowe

        This takes ME back in the day… MUSIQUE PLUS rulz!!!

        • Uncle Otis

          daniel marois Uncle Otis MaxwellHowe 
          Which..Mitsou,The Box or Pagliaro?
          Don’t think Michel was around for MP

        • daniel marois

          Uncle Otis daniel marois MaxwellHowe 
          Mitsou bro.  She was a MP staple…

        • Uncle Otis

          daniel marois 
          That it had to be Mitsy or her Box 😉
          What a hot little tart she was

        • daniel marois

          Uncle Otis daniel marois 
          Indeed.  I would never make her say goodbye to this cowboy 😉

        • Uncle Otis

          daniel marois Uncle Otis 
          Bet she’s still a pistol….cougette

        • daniel marois

          Uncle Otis daniel marois 
          Indeed.  No doubt.

        • leafmealone

          Uncle Otis daniel marois Even more racy than Madonna at one point. Certainly appeared nude in her video before the Material Girl ever did it.

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/SportBlogNYC: BREAKING: MLB could be seeking a lifetime ban against Alex Rodriguez.

    • MaxwellHowe

      rustynail Do everyone a favour

      • leafmealone

        MaxwellHowe rustynail His agent is flipping the f*ck out about this. He’s claiming that the Yankees and MLB are conspiring so that the Yankees can get out from under the 98 million they still owe him.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Canada  – Stajan
    USA – Blake
    Russia –  Kudasov
    Czech Rep. – Lanz
    Slovakia – Crha
    Sweden – P. Gustafsson
    Finland – Toskala
    Other – Poni

    • MaxwellHowe

      TuckerForPunishment naaaaiiiilllled ittt………..

  • Savo43

    Surprised nobody pegged Lonny Bohonos as best Canadian.

  • CallumConnorKnight

    Wow Tom Fergus had that many points.

  • MikeGartner11

    Canada-Sittler , Paul Henderson (depending on interpretation)
    USA-PHIL KESSEL!
    SWEDEN-Salming 
    Russia-Borschevsky
    Czech-Kaberle 
    Slovakia-can’t think of any …. Svehlha or is he Czech? 
    Finland-Lumme (We need better fins)
    Other-Stumpy

    • Jordan29

      @MikeGartner11 I liked Hagman a lot. He was a useful leader

      • MikeGartner11

        Jordan29 Lumme wasn’t as bad as we made him out to be and I liked Hagman too, but it’s a short list of fins at any rate

        • skiingallday

          @MikeGartner11 Jordan29 KOMAROV (lol)

    • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

      @MikeGartner11 
      Regarding Borschevsky….if I’m not mistaken, the ’93 playoffs….that game 7 goal specifically against Detroit….he was playing with a ruptured spleen.  People always criticizing Russians saying they are too soft…..little Nicky Borschevsky sure played BIG and with a lot of heart.
      However, for favorite Russian, I’d have to go with Mogilny or Danny Markov.

      • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

        Woops….I forgot about Yushki.  Gotta love The Tree.  When we played Pit in the playoffs years back and Yushki was shadowing Jagr….chirping him…and grinding him into a pulp…..that was a thing of beauty.  We need that on our back-end!!

        • Uncle Otis

          Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 
          Yushki was a gutsy warrior…loved him and my choice for nyet nyet Soviet

    • MaxwellHowe

      @MikeGartner11 Borshevsky is a great call – scored the biggest goal of any Russian leaf

      • MikeGartner11

        MaxwellHowe Bon Scott was a Leaf fan that goal is really the reason he is my guy if for no other reason. I wish this site existed back in the day I used to get so mad at all the Yuskavich hate on talk radio after leafs games

      • daniel marois

        MaxwellHowe 
        How about the first true Leafs french connection?? Gilles Thibadeau-Damphousse-Marois??? Thdey were the bomb!!

  • skiingallday

    Just got my wisdom teeth out today. Fucking awful.

    • Uncle Otis

      skiingallday 
      Dumb move eh? 😉
      Watch lotsa Godfather movies, drink heavily…and feel better

      • skiingallday

        Uncle Otis skiingallday It’s my buddies birthday tonight, so hopefully I’ll be able to walk to the bar a couple blocks away to pay a quick visit. But damn, it just sucks, i’m so hungry, but can barely open my fucking mouth.

      • leafmealone

        Uncle Otis skiingallday Yep, the best part of watching the Godfather movies is that you should be able to do a dynamite Brando impersonation atm.

        • Uncle Otis

          leafmealone 
          Did all mine at 18..hospital job/ impacted and amused the nurses with Godfather lines…all high as a kite.

        • leafmealone

          Uncle Otis leafmealone maybe Flat Top from Dick Tracy is a good option as well?

        • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

          Uncle Otis leafmealone 
          Which do you prefer…GF1 or GF2??

        • Uncle Otis

          Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 
          I’m  usually a first kinda guy…but 2 was right there.
          Brando edged it.

        • leafmealone

          Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Uncle Otis leafmealone Talk about Sophie’s Choice. To be honest, there’s a hard to find edit called the Godfather Epic (amongst other names I’ve seen) that cuts GF1 and GF2 together based on the chronology of events in both movies. It starts with DeNiro as Corleone and goes from there.
          As an aside, I’ve always wanted someone to do the same thing with the Kill Bill movies.

        • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

          Uncle Otis Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 
          One of the few movie franchises where the 2nd was as good (or better) than the first.  I have the box set complete with 2 or 3 discs worth of extras (and they are just as good as the movies themselves).  Fantastic flicks (even if the 3rd didn’t rate up to par….sans Robert Duvall).

        • leafmealone

          Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Uncle Otis If you’re into Westerns, than the first Sergio Leone with Clint Eastwood as “the man with no name” was Fistful of Dollars, but the best was definitely The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly-which was the third and last of that series.

        • Uncle Otis

          leafmealone 
          Big Clint fan….seen ’em all.
          Was so glad he finally got rewarded for Unforgiven(the anti western)
          That scene on the hill before he goes in to kill Randy Carlyle,er,Little Bill is so wonderfully filmed and surreal…
          “We all got it comin’ kid”
          Sill gives me goosebumps.

        • leafmealone

          Uncle Otis leafmealone Watched like every Western ever with my Dad as a kid. Loved the Sergio Leone spaghetti Westerns the most maybe. Also loved a lot of the John Wayne movies though. As for Clint Eastwood, my favourites of his may actually be Any Which Way You Can, and Any Which Way But Loose. Total classics.

        • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

          Uncle Otis leafmealone 
          I have all the Clint westerns (I went through a Western phase 8 years ago and bought up all the Clint dvds along with a few others….gotta have respect for the Western).  My favorite Clint Western would be Pale Rider (though honorable mention to the first 3 Leone flicks).

        • leafmealone

          Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Uncle Otis leafmealone Yeah, Pale Rider is an awesome movie. The only reason I wouldn’t count it as my favourite was that it was after all just a remake of another super classic western (or just movie in general) in Shane.
          As a music guy, I’m sure you appreciate the relationship between Leone’s direction and Ennio Morricone’s soundtracks. It is as epic as that between Lucas/Spielberg and John Williams in the Star Wars/Indiana Jones & Jaws movies. One of the best partnerships in all of film.

        • Uncle Otis

          Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 
          Pale Rider was awesome…right up there with the spaghetti agreed

      • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

        Uncle Otis skiingallday 
        Roll a fatty.

        • Uncle Otis

          Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 
          haha…when in doubt, whip it out 😉

  • daniel marois

    Too young to appreciate the ’70s Leafs (grew up in the ’80s) but man Turnball was on offensive machine.  He played about 100 more games than Iafrate and doubled the total amount Iafrate had.  This is the type of d-man I hope Reilly turns out to be….