For a team with so much history behind it, you’d think that this would have already happened.
Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun has reported that Tim Leiweke is spearheading a renewed project to place a statue in front of the Air Canada Centre. According to Hornby, there has been plans since the arena opened to put one up, but the decision on who to honor delayed the decision.
Leiweke has apparently come up with a solution. Hornby had this to say in the article.
An MLSE source say the monument, still in the conceptual stage in terms of size and material, is going to depict a row of Leafs, perhaps seated or standing on a bench, representing players from every era.
He goes on to say that players could be added every year or two.
Now the question is, who should be honored first? In the article, Hornby mentions Dave Keon, Tim Horton, Ted Kennedy, Hap Day, Darryl Sittler, Borje Salming, Wendel Clark, Doug Gilmour, Mats Sundin, Conn Smythe and Foster Hewitt.
Those would all be great choices as they all are a big part of Leaf history. However, that’s leaving out players like George Armstrong, Johnny Bower, Turk Broda, Curtis Joseph, Lanny McDonald, and so many more.
So, if it were up to you…