The Toronto Maple Leafs have been kicking off their centennial season in style, starting with a Top 100 players all-time list dating back to the team’s tenure as the Toronto St. Pat’s and the Toronto Arenas.
Now, they’re continuing to honor the team’s former stars – by retiring a whole slew of numbers all at once.
The team confirmed on Saturday afternoon that they would be retiring 11 numbers simultaneously, taking the numbers 1, 4, 7, 9, 10, 13, 17, 27 and 93 out of circulation moving forward. These numbers – which were previously honored by the team but not retired – will join the numbers 5 and 6 in being hung up by the franchise for good, and will honor an additional 17 players.
This is a somewhat surprising move on the part of the Leafs, who had previously been careful to not retire the vast majority of numbers worn by franchise-best players over the years due to the team’s longevity. It adds an extra facet of honor the team’s most revered players, though, paying homage to names like Johnny Bower and Turk Broda (both of whom wore the number 1), Ace Bailey, King Clancy, Mats Sundin, and Wendel Clark.
The full list of players who will be honored with the jersey retirements, based on :
1 – Johnny Bower and Turk Broda
4 – Hap Day and Red Kelly
5 – Bill Barilko
6 – Ace Bailey
7 – King Clancy and Tim Horton
9 – Charlie Conacher and Ted Kennedy
10 – Syl Apps and George Armstrong
13 – Mats Sundin
14 – Dave Keon (worn by 20 other players, including Matt Stajan most recently)
17 – Wendel Clark
21 – Borje Salming
27 – Frank Mahovlich and Darryl Sittler
93 – Doug Gilmour