The Hockey News recently put out their top 100 defensemen of all-time list, and the Maple Leafs are represented by 21 of those players. Here is a look at which Maple Leafs defensemen are on the list. This is part two of a four-part series. You can check out part one here.
Leafs Listed Between 26-50
#28 Babe Pratt
Pratt played in 12 NHL seasons, and four of them were with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played a total of 518 NHL games with three teams. The New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Boston Bruins. Pratt recorded 83 goals and 210 assists for 293 points.
He started his career with the Rangers in the 1935-36 season. Pratt spent seven seasons with the Rangers before being traded to the Maple Leafs during his eighth season. With the Rangers, Pratt recorded 27 goals and 97 assists for 124 points in 308 games. He also helped the Rangers win the 1940 Stanley Cup.
Pratt got traded to the Maple Leafs during the 1942-43 season. With the Maple Leafs, he would go on to record 52 goals and 109 assists for 161 points in 179 games. During his first full season with the Maple Leafs, Pratt won the Hart Trophy for Most Valuable Player. He had 58 points in 50 games that season. Pratt also helped the Maple Leafs win the 1945 Stanley Cup.
Pratt would go on to play one final season in the NHL, and it was with the Bruins. During that final season, he recorded just eight points in 31 games.
#37 Marcel Pronovost
Pronovost played 20 seasons in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. He recorded 88 goals and 257 assists for 345 points in 1,206 games. Pronovost is also a five-time Stanley Cup champion.
During his time with the Red Wings, Pronovost would record 80 goals and 217 assists for 297 points in 983 games over 15 seasons. He helped the Red Wings win four Stanley Cups in 1950, ’52, ’54, and ’55. Pronovost was known for being a brute on the ice and for delivering punishing hits. He is credited for giving Bobby Orr his first knee injury.
In 1965, Pronovost got traded to the Maple Leafs. He recorded eight goals and 40 assists for 48 points in 223 games for his new team. Pronovost would go on to help the Maple Leafs win their last Stanley Cup in 1967.
Later in his post-playing career, he would end up coaching the Buffalo Sabres for 104 games between 1977 and 1978. In 1990 he was hired by the New Jersey Devils as a scout. During his time with the Devils, he would receive three more Stanley Cups. That brings his total up to eight Stanley Cup championships. He would hold that position until he died in 2015.
#44 Larry Murphy
Murphy played for six teams over 21 seasons in the NHL. He recorded 288 goals and 929 assists for 1,217 points in 1,615 games. Along the way, he won four Stanley Cups.
Murphy started his career with the Los Angeles Kings in 1980 and would play parts of four seasons with the Kings. He scored 52 goals and 155 assists for 207 points in 242 games with the Kings before being traded to the Washington Capitals during the 1983-84 season.
He would go on to spend parts of six seasons with the Capitals. Murphy recorded 86 goals and 259 assists for 345 points in 453 games for the Capitals. At the 1989 trade deadline, Murphy got traded to the Minnesota North Stars.
Murphy only played 121 games with the North Stars over parts of three seasons before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 1991 trade deadline. With the North Stars, he recorded 18 goals and 75 assists for 93 points.
With the Penguins is where Murphy finally found championship success. He helped the Penguins win back to back Stanley Cups in 1991 and ’92. Murphy spent parts of five seasons with the Penguins, and during that time, he scored 78 goals and 223 assists for 301 points in 336 games.
In the summer of 1995, Murphy got traded to his hometown Maple Leafs. He would only spend 151 games with the Maple Leafs before being traded once again. During his time with the Maple Leafs, Murphy recorded 19 goals and 81 assists for 100 points. Unfortunately for Murphy, he was heckled relentlessly by Maple Leafs fans and blamed for the team’s lack of winning. During his second season with the Maple Leafs, he got traded to the Red Wings.
His first two seasons with the Red Wings would see him win back to back Stanley Cups for the second time in his career. He helped the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup in 1997 and ’98. Those two championships were part of Murphy’s five seasons with the Red Wings. He recorded 35 goals and 136 assists for 171 points in 312 games with the Red Wings
These three players sure carved out incredible careers for themselves. It is no wonder that they found themselves on this list. Mark them down as another three great players to wear the blue and white as Maple Leafs.
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