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 three of a four-part series. You can check out part one here and part two here.
Leafs Listed Between 51-75
#52 Harry Cameron
Although he never played for the Maple Leafs, he did spend six years within the Toronto organization. Cameron was a member of the Toronto Arenas and later, the Toronto St. Pats. Before he joined the NHL, Cameron played for the Toronto Blueshirts in the National Hockey Association.
He only played 129 games during his six-year career in the NHL. Of those 129 games, he played 106 of them in Toronto. The other 23 games he split between the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens.
With Toronto, Cameron scored 71 goals and 47 assists for 118 points in 106 games. During the NHL’s first season in 1917-18, Cameron scored 17 goals in just 21 games.
Cameron is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion. He won his first Stanley Cup with the Toronto Blueshirts of the NHA in 1914. The next one came in 1918 with the Arenas, and his third Cup came in 1922 with the St. Pats.
#59 Allan Stanley
Stanley played 21 seasons in the NHL from 1948-1969. He recorded 100 goals and 333 assists for 433 points in 1,244 games. Stanley won four Stanley Cups in his career, and all of them were with the Maple Leafs.
He began his career with the New York Rangers in 1948 and played with them until he got traded to the Chicago Blackhawks during the 1954-55 season. With the Rangers, he recorded 23 goals and 56 assists for 79 points in 307 games. During his time with the Blackhawks, Stanley recorded 14 goals and 28 assists for 42 points in 111 games.
Stanley then spent two seasons with the Boston Bruins. During both his seasons with the Bruins, his stats were identical. In both seasons, he scored six goals and 25 assists for 31 points giving him 62 points in his 129 games with the Bruins.
For the next ten seasons, Stanley would play for the Maple Leafs and help them win four Stanley Cups. He recorded 47 goals and 186 assists for 233 points in 633 games with the Maple Leafs. The team would make the playoffs in nine out of the ten seasons that he was there.
Stanley recorded four goals and 27 assists for 31 playoff points in his 82 playoff games for the Maple Leafs. He helped the team win the Stanley Cup in 1962,’63,’64, and ’67.
After one more season with the Maple Leafs, Stanley would go on to play one final season in the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers. During that 1968-69 season, the 42-year-old Stanley only played in three games.
#60 Fern Flaman
Flaman played a total of 17 seasons in the NHL and recorded 34 goals and 174 assists for 208 points in 911 games. He played for the Bruins and the Maple Leafs between 1944-1961 and won one Stanley Cup.
His career started with the Bruins in 1944, but he only played one game in each of his first two seasons. During the 1946-47 season, he became a regular in the Bruins lineup. After scoring 12 goals and 28 assists for 40 points in 225 games, Flaman got traded to the Maple Leafs in the 1950-51 season.
The trade worked out great for Flaman, as he helped his new team win the 1951 Stanley Cup. He would go on to play 228 games with the Maple Leafs and record four-goal and 27 assists for 31 points during that time.
He would return to the Bruins in the 1954-55 season and play seven more seasons with them before retiring.
#62 Phil Housley
Housley had a remarkable career in the NHL. During his 21 seasons, he recorded 338 goals and 894 assists for 1,232 points in 1,495 games. Housley started his career in 1982 with the Buffalo Sabres and retired after the 2003 playoffs with the Maple Leafs.
Most fans do not even remember him being on the Maple Leafs. They can’t be blamed for that, as Housley played just one regular-season game and three playoff games for the Maple Leafs. During those four games, Housley had zero points. Not the way one would wish to end their career, but that is just how it worked out for Housley.
#63 Carl Brewer
Brewer spent 12 seasons in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, and St. Louis Blues. He registered 25 goals and 198 assists for 223 points in 604 games.
His career started with the Maple Leafs in the 1957-58 season. He played 150 games in his first eight seasons with the team. During that time, he scored 150 points in 453 games. He also helped the team win three Stanley Cups in 1962, ’63, and ’64.
After being out of the NHL for four seasons, Brewer returned for the 1969-70 season. He spent that season with the Red Wings and picked up 39 points in 70 games. Brewer then spent the following two seasons playing for the Blues. He registered 29 points in 61 games.
After a seven year hiatus, Brewer decided to make a comeback. Brewer joined the Maple Leafs in the 1979-80 season at the age of 41. He only lasted 20 games and picked up five points.
#67 Jimmy Thomson
Thomson played 13 seasons in the NHL from 1945-1958. He registered 19 goals and 215 assists for 234 points in 787 games.
He began his career in 1945 with the Maple Leafs and would end up playing with them for 12 seasons. During his time with the Maple Leafs, he put up 223 points in 717 games. He also helped the team win four Stanley Cups in 1947, ’48, ’49, and ’51.
During the 1956-57 season, Thomson was co-captain of the Maple Leafs with Ted Kennedy. That role as captain would be short-lived for Thomson because, after that season, he got removed from the Maple Leafs for his part in trying to form a players union.
He would go on to play one final NHL season, and it would be with the Chicago Blackhawks. During that 1957-58 season, Thomson recorded 11 points in 70 games.
#75 Hap Day
Day began his NHL career in 1924 and would play 14 seasons until 1938. He registered 86 goals and 121 assists for 207 points in 586 games.
During the 1924-25 and 1925-26 seasons, Day was a member of the Toronto St. Pats. At the start of the 1926-27 season, Day would become one of the very members of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He spent 13 seasons in Toronto and 11 of them as a Maple Leaf. Day helped the Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup in 1932.
Day played his last NHL season for the New York Americans in the 1937-38 season. He had three points in 43 games.
After his playing days were over, Day became the head coach of the Maple Leafs to start the 1940-41 season. He went on to coach the team in 546 games over ten seasons. His coaching record is 259 wins, 206 losses, and 81 ties, and a total of 599 points. He also coached the Maple Leafs to five Stanley Cups in 1942, ’45, ’47, ’48, and ’49.
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