Youngest player (16 years, 11 months) to play in a NHL game, November 12, 1942. (Toronto 3, Boston 1). Traded to Detroit by Boston for Billy Taylor, October 15, 1947. Traded to Chicago by Detroit with Jim Conacher and Doug McCaig for George Gee and Bud Poile, October 25, 1948. Traded to North Bay (NOHA) by Ottawa (QHL) for cash, December 17, 1954.
When things aren't going well for us in this city [Toronto], I think there is a lot of overanalyzing going on. You've got the most passionate fans in the world here and a lot of (media) coverage, so you know there's going to be a lot of people giving their two cents worth on us.
— Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk after a win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday