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Maple Leafs add Apps, Armstrong to Legends Row

by Mike Brophy

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs added Syl Apps and George Armstrong to their Legends Row at Air Canada Centre on Saturday.

Apps played for the Maple Leafs from 1936 to 1948; he scored 201 goals and 432 points in 423 games. He won the Stanley Cup three times and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961.

"I know my father would be both honoured and humbled to be included as part of the Toronto Maple Leafs Legends Row with the likes of Teeder Kennedy, George Armstrong, Johnny Bower, Darryl Sittler and Borje Salming," Syl Apps Jr. said in a statement released by the Maple Leafs. "He was always proud to have been a member of the Leafs organization."

Armstrong played 1,188 games; he scored 296 goals and 713 points in 20 seasons. He won the Stanley Cup four times, including in 1967, the last time Toronto won the championship.

"I must have been better than I thought I was," Armstrong said. "Borje Salming and Syl Apps, I can't believe who I’m going in with."

Bower, Kennedy and Sitter were the original honorees; Salming was named earlier this season.

The Legends Row statues of Salming, Apps and Armstrong will be unveiled in September at Leafs Nation FanFest.

"For a team with a history as rich as the Toronto Maple Leafs, and so many great players who have worn the Leafs sweater, choosing which players to honour on Legends Row could be a very difficult task, but when it came to Syl Apps and George Armstrong, it was unanimous," Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said. "Both Syl and George led their respective teams through two different eras of the team’s glory days with Hall of Fame careers and left a lasting legacy for future generations of Maple Leaf players to look up to."

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