Thursday, April 10, 2014

Toronto Maple Leafs 1967

The Maple Leafs have disappointed Toronto fans once again this season (2013 - 2014) and have failed to make the NHL playoffs. We are just three years away from celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Leafs' last Stanley Cup championship.  This post was originally published on July 1, 2010.

On May 2, 1967, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens to win the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup.  Sadly, it would be their last victory of the 20th century and possibly their last ever.

An interesting collection of rogues and heroes. Two of the above were sentenced to jail time and one became a Member of Parliament. A Senate seat is filled by the most soft-spoken guy of the bunch. Canada's iconic donut shop was founded by the fellow standing next to the Senator. Each team member had character and contributed to the success of the team, despite the crooks and the shabby treatment many received. This photograph should be enlarged and posted in the Maple Leaf dressing room so that the current crop of Leafs can see what champions look like. (And I'm not a Leafs fan!)

Postal History

Between games of the Stanley Cup finals, players answered their mail sending autographed pictures to their fans. Here are a few examples.

April 26, 1967 : Off-day between games 3 and 4

Willowdale to King, April 26, 1967

May 1, 1967 : Off-day before game 7 and the Stanley Cup