A bronze statue of Dave Keon is being created, and the former Toronto Maple Leafs center and his family visited Woodstock, Ill., on Wednesday to assess its progress.
Illinois-based sculptor Erik Blome is working on the statue for Keon, which will be unveiled on Legends Row outside Air Canada Centre in Toronto this October. The Maple Leafs announced on Jan. 21 that Keon, goalie Turk Broda and defenseman Tim Horton each would be getting a statue. Keon broke the mold for Horton's likeness Wednesday.
Keon's statue would not be complete without dental work.
Keon is the Maple Leafs' most recent Conn Smythe Trophy winner, in 1967 when he had three goals and five assists in 12 games to help Toronto win its last Stanley Cup. He had 858 points in 1,062 NHL games in 15 seasons with the Maple Leafs and finished his NHL career with 396 goals and 986 points in 1,296 NHL games with the Maple Leafs and Hartford Whalers. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986.
Legends Row will have 10 statues with the additions of Keon, Broda and Horton.
The new statues will be part of the Maple Leafs Centennial Anniversary. Toronto has already revealed a logo for its 100th anniversary and will be replacing its honored-number banners, moving the old ones to the hometown of each player. Those banners will be unveiled during the season.
"I am very happy to have been selected with Turk Broda and Tim Horton to Legends Row," Keon told the Maple Leafs website in January.