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What the Maple Leafs looked like when they won

Posted by Chris Bateman / February 2, 2013

toronto maple leafsThe pictures of the Toronto Maple Leafs stored in the city's municipal archives are unusual. For the most part they show the boys in blue during casual moments, enjoying an off-ice activities or posing for promotional photos, in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. The shots that do show the team in action are few and far between.

Though the collection might lack some of the excitement of conventional live action shots, what we gain is an insight into the team's quieter moments at a time when they were at their most fruitful. The team would lift 10 of its 13 Stanley Cups, including its last, during these salad days.

Featured here are images of everyone from Johnny Bower and Conn Smythe to "Ace" Bailey and Darryl Sittler. Bailey, shown below at his desk in his later years, was the first player in the NHL to have his number permanently retired. He was also the beneficiary of the league's first all-star game when his promising career was interrupted by a serious head injury.

toronto maple leafsTerry Sawchuk (below), a Vezina Trophy winner, was between the irons when the Leafs were last NHL champions all those decades ago. At his retirement in 1970, the Winnipeg native held the record for most wins for a goaltender until Martin Brodeur surpassed 447 victories in Dec. 2009.toronto maple leafsSince the lockout is officially over and Leafs are back at their intermittent best it seems now is as good a time as any to take a lock back at the glory days. Just for the sake of it, here's video of the final moments of the 1967 season as the Carlton street stadium counts down to victory against Jean Beliveau's Montreal Canadiens.

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Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Images: Toronto Telegram Archives, and the City of Toronto Archives.

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16 Comments

RobK / February 2, 2013 at 11:01 am
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There's one video and one photo with the Stanley Cup and this is called "What the Maple Leafs looked like when they won"? This is pathetic. No photos of any parade? No other playoff years? No photos of the Leafs against the Habs? And, if you really wanted to go down this road of winning, why are there no photos, or videos, of the upset over the Islanders in '78 (if you wanted to include Sittler so badly) or the two years in the early 90s and then again the late 90s. I'm sorry but this was lazily put together, you have two items with the Stanley Cup, a whole bunch of photos from one series against Chicago and a few photos you found here and there with no connection to the point of the entry. Boooooo.
yt / February 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm
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some people are capable of reading the text and not just the headlines. those who don't probably should just go off somewhere and fuck themselves.
Sean / February 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm
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Well said RobK.
RobK replying to a comment from yt / February 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm
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How about you go f**k yourself? Get over yourself. I did read the blog entry, but with beauties such as "Margaret Marshall, the girl on the goal, with two Toronto Maple Leafs players" or "Darryl Sittler poses with March of Dimes volunteer" or pretty much the rest of the entry it really gives me a great idea of what it was like when the Leafs won. I really get the sense of what Toronto was like when the Leafs celebrated their 13 Stanley Cups and made the playoffs.
Jamm / February 2, 2013 at 12:54 pm
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RobK & Sean aren't too smart: I'll give you the replay (WARNING - it requires reading!):

The pictures of the Toronto Maple Leafs stored in the city's municipal archives are unusual. For the most part they show the boys in blue during casual moments, enjoying an off-ice activities or posing for promotional photos, in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. The shots that do show the team in action are few and far between.

Though the collection might lack some of the excitement of conventional live action shots, what we gain is an insight into the team's quieter moments at a time when they were at their most fruitful. The team would lift 10 of its 13 Stanley Cups, including its last, during these salad days.

Featured here are images of everyone from Johnny Bower and Conn Smythe to "Ace" Bailey and Darryl Sittler. Bailey, shown below at his desk in his later years, was the first player in the NHL to have his number permanently retired. He was also the beneficiary of the league's first all-star game when his promising career was interrupted by a serious head injury.
GoLeafs! / February 2, 2013 at 01:25 pm
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Do you wear a Leafs jersey in public like it's clothing? Please don't be that guy. It reflects poorly on all of us.
Steven / February 2, 2013 at 03:17 pm
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GOne Leafs GOne
Stephen G / February 2, 2013 at 08:06 pm
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The "OHA Cup" in the last picture is the Memorial Cup awarded to the Canadian Hockey League Champion each year.
Aaron / February 2, 2013 at 10:38 pm
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They were much better when they wore black and white. When did they switch to blue and white?
Terry Walker / February 3, 2013 at 08:51 am
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As a young child, I was taken to all 4 Leaf parades in the 'sixties. Most people don't realize that the first three -- in 'sixty-one. sixty-two and sixty-three -- all had different mayors of Toronto. Nathan Phillips, Donald Sutherland (who died in office), and Phil Givens were the three.







Mg replying to a comment from Terry Walker / February 3, 2013 at 09:18 am
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Donald Summerville, not Donald Sutherland. William Dennison was mayor when they won the '67 cup.
Peter / February 3, 2013 at 11:47 pm
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I've always wondered why there are like insane shadows at MLG? Can someone shed some light on this question?
JM / February 4, 2013 at 10:40 am
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"Nat Turofsky eyes a portrait of Leafs captain George Armstrong with the Stanley Cup" - That's Ted Kennedy, not George Armstrong.

"On the attack against the Chicago Black Hawks" - Those are the Bruins, not the Blackhawks.
grant kelly / February 5, 2013 at 09:44 pm
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Thanks JM, Bruins for sure, just below that Cuban bearded wonder. Ha ! Who is that kid wearing # 4 in the slot ?
Just asking. Go Bruins !
Mike / September 7, 2013 at 05:05 pm
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I have the picture of the 4 guys in the dressing room The caption below says leafs post game 1959 I know the guy on the left is dick duff the guy besid him must be Ed Chadwick he has pads on don't know who the other 2 are Help thanks
Paul / October 25, 2014 at 08:18 pm
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There are several mistakes in the captions of some of these pictures. As follows:
Picture #3 - Sawchuck never retired. The caption should read, "At his death,..." as he died as a result of an accident while playing with the New York Rangers.
Picture #10 - The team in question is the Boston Bruins, with Pulford and Armstrong in front of the Boston goal.
Picture #18 - The Leafs (in white) are scoring (#9 - Teeder Kennedy) against the New York Rangers (dark uniform) and Bower is certainly not the goaltender.
Picture #25 - Leafs are playing the Detroit Red Wings, and that is Glenn Hall in goal, before he was traded to Chicago.

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