Maple Leaf GardensLocation: Toronto, Ontario
Dates: November 12, 1931-February 13, 1999
Maple Leaf Gardens was the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs after moving from Arena Gardens until midway through the 1998/99 season, when the team moved to Air Canada Centre.
Maple Leaf Gardens was the first arena where I ever saw an NHL game (and the only one, aside from Air Canada Centre). The Leafs’ best days had passed long before I was able to see any games there in the 80s and 90s, but it was always exciting to travel downtown to watch a game as a kid with my dad. The game I remember best was October 5, 1991, the first home game of the 1991-92 season, against Detroit. It was the NHL’s 75th anniversary season, and both Toronto and Detroit were wearing throwback jerseys. I don’t know how, but my dad had managed to get seats in the gold section, only a few rows from the ice, just to the side of the goal at one end of the rink. I saw Wendel Clark score three of his goals that night. Another goal was scored by my favourite player, Gary Leeman, whose #11 jersey I had worn to the game. Steve Yzerman also scored for Detroit. However, the highlight of the night was that I caught a puck, which deflected over the glass (no protective nets in those days), off the wall above me, and landed beside my seat. I still have the puck, with its 75th anniversary logo.
As usual for an Original Six arena, the highest scorer who never played for Toronto is Gordie Howe, with 62.
(The list is not yet complete.)
|Player||Goals||Notes||Darryl Sittler||235||231 with Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 with Detroit Red Wings, 1 with Philadelphia Flyers.||Dave Keon||226||225 with Toronto Maple Leafs, 1 with Hartford Whalers.||Ron Ellis||186||All with Toronto Maple Leafs.||Frank Mahovlich||180||167 with Toronto Maple Leafs, 8 with Detroit Red Wings, 5 with Montreal Canadiens.||Rick Vaive||174||169 with Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 with Buffalo Sabres, 1 with Chicago Blackhawks.||George Armstrong||173||All with Toronto Maple Leafs.||Wendel Clark||151||All with Toronto Maple Leafs, not counting one "home" goal in Hamilton, October 20, 1992.||Bob Pulford||148||All with Toronto Maple Leafs.||Ted Kennedy||138||All with Toronto Maple Leafs.||Ron Stewart||123||117 with Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 with Boston Bruins, 3 with New York Rangers.||Norm Ullman||118||91 with Toronto Maple Leafs, 27 with Detroit Red Wings.||Syl Apps||116||All with Toronto Maple Leafs.||Lanny McDonald||107||103 with Toronto Maple Leafs, 2 with Colorado Rockies, 2 with Calgary Flames.||Sid Smith||106||All with Toronto Maple Leafs.||Paul Henderson||105||91 with Toronto Maple Leafs, 12 with Detroit Red Wings, 2 with Atlanta Flames.||Harry Watson||103||97 with Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 with Detroit Red Wings, 2 with Chicago Blackhawks, 1 with New York Americans.||Tod Sloan||102||93 with Toronto Maple Leafs, 8 with Chicago Blackhawks.||Charlie Conacher||101||All with Toronto Maple Leafs.||John Anderson||98||96 with Toronto Maple Leafs, 1 with Quebec Nordiques, 1 with Hartford Whalers.||Dick Duff||95||90 with Toronto Maple Leafs, 5 with Montreal Canadiens.||Busher Jackson||94||90 with Toronto Maple Leafs, 2 with New York Americans, 2 with Boston Bruins.||Gary Leeman||87||All with Toronto Maple Leafs.||Mats Sundin||80||77 with Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 with Quebec Nordiques||Borje Salming||78||All with Toronto Maple Leafs.||Doug Gilmour||76||66 with Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 with St. Louis Blues, 1 with Calgary Flames, 1 with New Jersey Devils, 1 with Chicago Blackhawks.||Nick Metz||76||All with Toronto Maple Leafs.||Bill Derlago||73||72 with Toronto Maple Leafs, 1 with Vancouver Canucks.||Dave Andreychuk||71||67 with Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 with Buffalo Sabres, 1 with New Jersey Devils.||Gordie Howe||62||61 with Detroit Red Wings, 1 with Hartford Whalers.||Daniel Marois||54||All with Toronto Maple Leafs.||Sergei Berezin||32||All with Toronto Maple Leafs.|