A-to-Z, or rather from Frederic Andersen With Ken Reggett, the Toronto Maple Leafs have taken the ice with nearly a hundred goal scorers. As one of the NHL’s original six franchises, founded in 1917, they’ve had their fair share of great goalies. This article shows the best of the best.
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The Maple Leafs, one of the NHL’s oldest and most storied organizations, have won the Stanley Cup 13 times, their last in 1967. There were 10 Hall of Famers in the Leafs crease, but most of them didn’t stick around for that long. Bernie is the guardianFor example, only played 65 games for the Leafs. Gerry Chivers Only played two. King Clancy And Charlie “The Big Bomber” Concher, A defenseman and a winger, respectively, spent some time backing the net while the goalies had to give away their own penalties.
It’s hard to compare goalies over the years. There is a difference in goalie equipment – smaller, minimal, less protective equipment versus larger, stronger, more modern equipment and masks. Also, there are differences between sticks, curved blades and conditioning over time.
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Felix “The Cat” Potvin finished third in Calder Trophy voting for his rookie season (back). Temu Selane and Joe Juneau) in 1992–93. He led the Maple Leafs to two consecutive conference finals (1998 and 1999), helping win over a generation of fans. He didn’t win any hardware and his stats weren’t great, but the team wasn’t ahead of him either. He regularly stood on his head to keep the team competitive.
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Like most goaltenders, Ed Balfour It was strange but he was also very efficient, fearless and got the job done. The undrafted Manitoba native bounced around the league, signing with the Leafs in the twilight of his career as an unrestricted free agent in 2002. He finished his Maple Leafs career with a record of 93-61-15. He ranks 14th all-time in games played for the Leafs but ninth in all-time wins. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.
Now, on to the top three.
3. Curtis Joseph
Games played: 270
won by: 138
Goals Against Average (GAA): 2.49
Save Percent (SV%): .910
draft, Curtis “Cujo” Joseph He was a good goaltender while playing for the St. Louis Blues and Edmonton Oilers, but he improved his game when he became a Maple Leaf. He played for the team from 1998-2002, then left due to a conflict with head coach Pat Quinn. The feisty goaltender voiced his belief that the Leafs can’t win the Stanley Cup without significant upgrades. He returned for a short-lived second term in 2008–09.
The unflappable, butterfly-style netminder backstopped the team to the playoffs in every season he played in Toronto except his final season. In his first season with the Leafs, he finished with a 2.56 GAA and a .910 SV%, finished second in Vezina Trophy voting and led them to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.
During his initial four-year tenure in Toronto, Joseph won 29 or more games per season. In 1999–00, he set the Leafs’ record for wins in a season with 36 and held that record until Andrew Raycroft won 37 games in 2006–07. Since their last Cup win in 1967, the Leafs have yet to reach the Stanley Cup Finals, however, they have been to four conference semifinals, twice led by Joseph in net.
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His accomplishments include winning the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2000 and playing for Team Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics. He was not inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame but was inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. Cuzzo holds the distinction of winning the most games of any NHL netminder to never win the Cup. He ranks fifth all-time in games played and won with the Maple Leafs.
2. Johnny Bower
Games played: 475
won by: 219
Johnny Bower He was actually born John Kiskan, but changed his last name to Bower during his first professional season to make it easier for sportswriters. He began his career with the New York Rangers, appearing in 77 games over three seasons, but was selected by the Maple Leafs in the 1958 Inter-League Draft. He debuted with the Leafs in the 1958–59 season and played the next 11 seasons of his career with the Blue and White. Calm and confident, he was the face of the Leafs’ netminding for more than a decade. All-time, he is second on the club’s list of wins and games played and third in shutouts with 32.
Known as “The China Wall” for his impenetrable standing style of play, he won four Stanley Cups with the Maple Leafs (1962, 1963, 1964 and 1967), two Vezina Trophies (1961 and 1965) and three Hap Holmes Memorial Awards (1952). , 1957 and 1958). At the time, the Hap Holmes Memorial Award was a trophy awarded annually to the goaltender with the fewest goals-against average who appeared in at least 50 percent of his team’s regular season games. He was also runner-up for the Hart Trophy in 1961.
In an era when many goaltenders left their crease to play the puck, Bower played conservatively. He rarely strays beyond his goalpost, preferring to stay close to the net. He perfected the now lost technique of poke-checking to prevent shots and fluster shooters. He was also fearless, known to dive across the net and use any part of his body to stop a puck.
Bower was a late bloomer. He began his career as a 29-year-old and his best season came as a 39-year-old veteran in the 1963–64 season. His 2.11 GAA, five shutouts and 24-16-11 record led the Leafs to the playoffs and a final Stanley Cup. Although later passed over by Gordie Howe, Bowyer was the oldest player to play when he retired at age 45.
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He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976. His No. 1 sweater was also retired by the team, and in 2017 he was listed among the NHL’s Top 100 Greatest Players of All Time as part of the centennial celebration.
1. Walter “Turk” Broda
Games played: 629
won by: 302
Turkish Broda He was the original Leafs franchise goaltender after being acquired from the Detroit Red Wings for $7,500. After never playing a game for the Red Wings, he made his NHL debut with the Leafs in the 1935–36 season. He played in Toronto for his entire career until retiring after the 1951-52 season. He appeared in a total of 14 seasons with the Leafs, coming off 1943-45 during World War II.
Broda was involved in perhaps the NHL’s first weight controversy. In 1949, head coach Conn Smith ordered the goaltender to lose weight and threatened Broder with the starting job. He even brought in two goalies from the minors to back up his threat. In what would become known as the “Battle of the Bulge,” Broda eventually lost enough weight to keep his job.
The clutch goaltender didn’t just dominate his position, he helped invent it. He was one of the key contributors who helped develop goalie pads as we know them today. He was calm at the crease but also temperamental. After allowing a goal, he was often furious with himself.
He is the Leafs’ all-time leader in wins, shutouts and games in net. He was a five-time Stanley Cup champion (1942, 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1951), a two-time Vezina winner (1941 and 1948) and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1967. His No. 1 sweater was retired from the team. He was listed among the NHL’s 100 Greatest Players of All Time as part of the Centennial Celebration.
Jeff has been covering the NHL for over a decade for various sites. He spent three years as a lead Sabers writer with The Hockey Writers, as well as writing a satire column called “Of the Crossbar.”