"The Toronto Maple Leafs 2001-02 season marks the 75th for the franchise. At Sunday's Open Practice, before 10,000 loyal fans at Air Canada Centre, The Top Twenty-Five Players List was unveiled by the storied franchise. Compiled by a committee of hockey experts, the list honours the players who made lasting contributions in the blue and white.
The voting committee was established from individuals that have watched thousands of Leaf games. The 14-person committee consisted of longtime hockey writers, Milt Dunnell, George Gross, Scott Morrison, John Iaboni, Frank Orr and Brian McFarlane; broadcasters Joe Bowen, Howie Meeker and Harry Neale; televison producer Mark Askin; NHL executive and former Maple Leaf general manager Jim Gregory; hockey publisher Dan Diamond; and representatives of two distinguished hockey families, Tommy Smythe and Frank Selke, Jr.
The committee was not asked to rank the players or select the best players at each position. Based on final voting from the committee, the following players have been recognized as The Top Twenty-Five Players in franchise history:
Syl Apps: Captain, Calder Trophy winner and played on three Cup winners.
George Armstrong: Longest-serving captain played in the most career games as a Leaf and won four Cups.
Max Bentley: Inducted to Hall of Fame in 1966 and played on three Cup teams.
Johnny Bower: Four-time winner of the Stanley Cup is second on the club's wins and games played list.
Walter 'Turk' Broda: Five-time Cup winner is Leafs all-time leader in wins, shutouts and games played in goal.
Francis 'King' Clancy: Served the Leafs as a First-Team All-Star twice and later as coach.
Wendel Clark: Leads all Leafs in career playoff goals.
Charlie Conacher: Captain, member of Leafs first Stanley Cup winner, led NHL in scoring in consecutive seasons.
Clarence 'Hap' Day: The only man to serve as captain, coach and general manager for the club.
Doug Gilmour: Captain and Selke Trophy winner leads all Leafs in career playoff points.
Reginald 'Red' Horner: Captain was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1965.
Tim Horton: Second on the team's all-time games played list and an NHL All-Star three times.
Harvey 'Busher' Jackson: Member of the 'Kid Line' of the 1930s and only Leaf to be named an NHL First All-Star Team four times.
Leonard 'Red' Kelly: A four-time Stanley Cup champion and the leading point producer in the playoffs during the 1960s.
Ted 'Teeder' Kennedy: Captain, five Stanley Cup wins, one of only two Leafs to win the Hart Trophy (1955).
Dave Keon: Captain is the only Leaf winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy (1967) and second on the club's all-time points list.
Frank Mahovlich: Calder Trophy winner played on four Stanley Cup winners.
Lanny McDonald: Recorded three straight seasons of 40+ goals.
Bob Pulford: Seventh on Leafs all-time point list and sixth in games played.
Borje Salming: The club's all-time assist leader and an NHL First or Second Team All-Star on six occasions.
Darryl Sittler: Captain is the franchise's all-time leader in goals and points and NHL's record-holder for most points in a game (10).
Allan Stanley: A three-time Second Team All-Star was a member of four Cup teams.
Mats Sundin: Current captain has led the team in points for each of the past seven seasons. The fastest Maple Leaf to reach the 500-point plateau.
Jim Thomson: Captain played on four Cup-winning teams and was a Second Team All-Star twice.
Rick Vaive: Captain recorded three straight 50-goals seasons and was the first to hit the 50-goal mark.