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Honouring John McCormack

by Mike Ferriman /

Born in 1925, in Edmonton Alberta, John McCormack arrived at Leafs Training Camp in 1945, only to leave abruptly, due to a severe case of appendicitis. It was then that John; nicknamed "Goose" due to his long neck, decided to leave hockey to become a priest. 

When that vocation didn't take, Johnny was back with the Leafs organization two years later, making his NHL debut in 1948. 


Goose would play parts of four seasons with the club and had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup, following the Leafs dramatic victory in the spring of 1951.

Johnny was the third oldest living Leafs alumni at the time of his passing.

John McCormack
Aug 2, 1925 - Feb 22, 2017

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