George Armstrong was a Maple Leaf for over 20 years, playing in over 1000 games. The Chief still holds many Leaf career records including 4 Stanley Cup victories in 12 years as the team captain. This natural leader combined his fierce competitiveness with his ability to inspire others to perform to the best of their ability to become one of the most effective captains the organization had ever had. Armstrong was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.
Dave Keon played on four Stanley Cup teams, won the Calder Trophy, the Lady Byng twice and, for his performance in the 1967 playoffs, is the only Leaf to have won the Conn Smythe Trophy. A small centre, at 5' 9" and 165 pounds, Keon set new standards for Leaf point scoring by totalling 365 goals and 493 assists over 1,062 games as a Leaf. Dave was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986.
Darryl Sittler led the team in points for eight consecutive years and still holds team records for career points and goals. His first of two 100 point seasons came in his first season as Leaf captain. His outstanding performance on February 7, 1976 with 10 points versus the Boston Bruins has kept him in the N.H.L. record books for over 20 years. Darryl is now a Marketing/Community Consultant for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Sittler was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989.
Rick Vaive, traded to the Leafs on February 18th, 1980, led the team in goals for four consecutive years and averaged more than a point a game over his eight seasons with the blue and white. Vaive was the first Leaf to net 50 goals in one season and repeated the impressive feat for three consecutive seasons, a team record.