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.

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Alec Brownscombe is the founder and editor of, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He's published five magazines on the team entitled "The Maple Leafs Annual" with distribution in Chapters and newsstands across the country. He also co-hosted "The Battle of the Atlantic," a weekly show on TSN1200 that covered the Leafs and the NHL in-depth. Alec is a graduate of Trent University and Algonquin College with his diploma in Journalism. In 2014, he was awarded Canada's Best Hockey Blogger honours by Molson Canadian. You can contact him at