7 Best Toronto Maple Leafs Players of All Time

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Toronto Maple Leafs' Mats Sundin (13) puts the puck past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ed Belfour for a goal during the third period of Toronto's 5-3 victory in the first game of the teams' first-round playoff game, Sunday, May 7, 1995 in Chicago.
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Nick Holz @HolzSportsCo Apr 15, 2024, 12:58 PM
  • Dave Keon tops the list as the best Toronto Maple Leafs player of all time.
  • Mats Sundin is the franchise leader in goals (420) and points (987).
  • Tim Horton is the team's career leader in consecutive games played (486).

For hockey fans in Canada, the Toronto Maple Leafs are more than just a team, they’re an institution. Toronto has been home to some of the greatest players the NHL has ever seen. 

From the thunderous roar of Maples Leaf Gardens, to the deafening noise of the Air Canada Centre, these players have etched their names into Maples Leafs lore and left an indelible mark on the hearts of every Leafs fan. 

Best Toronto Maple Leafs Players of All Time

RankPlayerPositionMaple Leaf Years
1Dave KeonCentre1960-1975
2Mats SundinCentre1994-2008
3Darryl SitlerCentre1970-1982
4Johnny BowerGoaltender1958-1969
5Borje SalmingDefence1973-1989
6Tim HortonDefence1950-1970
7Frank MahovlichLeft Wing1957-1968

1. Dave Keon

A name synonymous with Maples Leafs’ greatness, Dave Keon tops the list. He won the Calder Trophy as the league’s best rookie before taking home the  Lady Byng twice, while leading the Leafs to four Stanley Cups.

Keon’s stellar defence against Jean Beliveau was key to Toronto’s victory in the 1967 Stanley Cup final and led to him winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs. 

2. Mats Sundin

Mats Sundin was the heart and soul of Toronto for over a decade. He was named team captain in 1997 and remained so until he departed in 2008. Sundin is the Maple Leafs’ franchise leader in both goals (420), and points (987).

Despite never reaching a Stanley Cup Final, Sundin is undoubtedly one of the greatest players to ever wear the blue and white.

3. Darryl Sittler

Daryl Sittler retains the record for most points in an NHL game with 10 against the Boston Bruins in 1976. He was the first Maple Leaf to record 100 points in a season and was the team’s all-time leader in goals and points before being surpassed by Mats Sundin.

Sittler scored 484 goals and finished with 1,121 points in his NHL career. 

4. Johnny Bower

Johnny Bower won four Stanley Cups as part of the Leafs’ golden era. He also took home the Vezina trophy twice and still leads the team with 13,468 career saves. 

5. Börje Salming

Börje  Salming was a trailblazer for European hockey players in the NHL. He was named to six consecutive All-Star games and was a finalist for the Norris Trophy in multiple seasons.

Against the most daunting of NHL odds, Salming was the first Swedish player to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996. 

6. Tim Horton

Tim Horton’s legacy in Toronto is defined by his robust defensive play, he was the definition of a shutdown defenseman and remains the Leafs leader in consecutive games played (486).

He played in seven All-Star games and won four Stanley Cups with the Maple Leafs. He founded the Tim Hortons restaurant chain during his playing career. 

7. Frank Mahovlich

Frank Mahovlich was a part of six of Toronto’s Stanley Cup victories and was the first recipient of the Calder Memorial Trophy. He was a nine-time All-Star and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1981.

The Leafs retired his No. 27 in 2016.

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Nick Holz

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Nick Holz is a content writer for BetMGM. Years of experience covering a wide range of sports from the gridiron glory of the NFL, to the Champions League final, and the trials and tribulations of Purdue basketball have given him a knack for unearthing insights that offer readers an edge in understanding the game. Nick has written for many online betting publications including Sports Betting Dime and OddsShark.

Nick Holz is a content writer for BetMGM. Years of experience covering a wide range of sports from the gridiron glory of the NFL, to the Champions League final, and the trials and tribulations of Purdue basketball have given him a knack for unearthing insights that offer readers an edge in understanding the game. Nick has written for many online betting publications including Sports Betting Dime and OddsShark.