THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

1967 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS



THE ROSTER IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
George Armstrong (captain), Bobby Baun, Johnny Bower (goal), John Brenneman, Wayne Carleton, Brian Conacher, Kent Douglas, Ron Ellis, Aut Erickson, Bruce Gamble (goal), Dick Gamble, Larry Hillman, Tim Horton, Brent Imlach, Larry Jeffrey, Leonard (Red) Kelly, Dave Keon, Frank Mahovlich, Milan Marcetta, Jim McKenny, Jim Pappin, Marcel Pronovost, Bob Pulford, Duane Rupp, Terry Shawchuk (goal), Brit Selby, Eddie Shack, Al Smith (goal), Gary Smith (goal), Allan Stanley, Peter Stemkowski, Mike Walton, Punch Imlach (coach)




THE STORY
The 1966-67 season was the last year of a six team NHL, the league would double to twelve teams the following season. The Leafs had an old veteran team that struggled at the start of the season. Many of the players that won the cup with the Leafs in 62, 63 and 64 figured this was a last kick at the can. But during the middle of the season they had a ten game losing streak and eleven game winless streak. The players were getting fed up with the hard nosed coach Punch Imlach and so were the fans. At this point Punch Imlach took a ten game leave of absense due to illness and the Leafs went on a ten game winning streak with the easy going King Clancy coaching the team. When Punch Imlach returned the Leafs continued to do well and they made the playoffs. In the playoffs they were considered heavy underdogs to the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round and the Montreal Canadiens in the final, but with the solid goaltending of veterans Johnny Bower and Terry Sawchuk they defeated both teams and the Leafs won the Stanley Cup!!! A lot of years have gone by and the Leafs have still not won another Stanley Cup. Hopefully, one day, I will be able to make a web site for another Leafs Stanley Cup victory.
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