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By the Numbers: Introduction


Back when I was writing for Bleacher Report, I had an idea for a massive article detailing the best Leafs at every number. It never worked out, but now that I’m here, my plan can finally come to fruition.

Starting tomorrow, I will delve into the Leafs’ vast history. Starting from 1 and all the way to 99, I will look at the Leaf careers of every player and what they brought to the Blue & White.

Now, there are a few rules to this list. Except for a few cases, I’m going to stick to the rule that the player must have worn a number for at least a full season.

With the early numbers, it was a tough choice on who was the best. It didn’t take too long to find a tough choice. As in, who’s the best Leafs to wear the No. 1? Is it Johnny Bower or Turk Broda? That will be revealed tomorrow.

For some numbers it was chosen for me. I’ll reveal one right now. Greatest Leaf to ever wear the No. 80: Nik Antropov. Why? He was the only one to wear it.

The Leafs have the second-richest history in the NHL and the list of ‘honored’ numbers points to that. Some days, it will be a look into a big part of Leafs history. Other days, it will be a look into some Leafs that didn’t get too much attention.

Come back tomorrow for No. 1.

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  • Tim Bayer

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess Wilf Paiement is the greatest Leaf to wear 99.

    • Jeffrey Langridge

      You’d be right. The first and only other 99.