The Best Ever Toronto Maple Leafs Players by Jersey Number

Toronto Maple Leafs - Mats Sundin #13 on March 22, 2003 in Toronto, Ontario (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI)
Toronto Maple Leafs - Mats Sundin #13 on March 22, 2003 in Toronto, Ontario (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI) /
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Toronto Maple Leafs – Mats Sundin #13 on March 22, 2003 in Toronto, Ontario (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI) /

Toronto Maple Leafs Best Players Per Jersey Number

#1. Turk Broda (Retired Number)

Two Vezina trophies and five Stanley Cup’s. Not only is Broda the best player to wear #1, he’s the best goaltender in Leafs history.

#2. Brian Leetch

He only played 15 games as a Leaf but is a Hockey Hall-of-Famer with two Norris trophies, a Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe trophy.

#3. Dion Phaneuf

He may not have been a fan-favourite by the end of his career, but the former captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs has the best stats of any player to wear this number.

#4. Red Kelly (Retired Number)

Kelly’s career was spectacular. He played 1316 career games, won four Lady Byng Trophies and one Norris trophy as the leagues best defenseman.

#5. Bill Barilko (Retired Number)

As The Tragically Hip wrote: “The last goal he ever scored, won the Leafs the cup.” Barilko was part of four Stanley Cups with Toronto, before his career abruptly ended passing away in the summer of 1951.

#6. Ace Bailey (Retired Number)

With 111 goals in 313 career games, Bailey’s numbers were equivalent to a 40-goal scorer in today’s NHL and was one of the Leafs best goal scorers between 1927-1934.

#7. Tim Horton (Retired Number)

Horton wasn’t just known for his coffee and donuts. He had a spectacular NHL career that included 1445 career NHL games and four Stanley Cups.

#8. Ron Ellis

Ellis switched his number to 6 after being admired by Ace Bailey, but started his career with wearing number 8. Ellis played his entire career with the Leafs, playing a total of 1034 games, which is fifth in team history.

#9. Ted Kennedy (Retired Number)

The 1954-55 Hart Trophy Winner is only one of two players to ever win this award and the last Toronto Maple Leafs player to do so. He was also named to the Top 100 NHL players of all-time list in 2017.

#10. George Armstrong (Retired Number)

Armstrong played the most games in Leafs history and is fifth in all-time franchise points. Although Charlie Conacher’s number 10 is also retired, Armstrong’s durability makes him the choice here.

#11. Gary Leeman

Leeman won a Stanley Cup champion with the Montreal Canadiens, but we won’t hold that against him. Leeman’s 1989-90 season is one of the most special single years in Leafs history, as he scored 51 goals that year.

#12. Patrick Marleau

With 562 goals and 1188 career points, Marleau is not only the greatest Leaf to wear 12, but one of the best to ever wear that number anywhere.

#13. Mats Sundin (Retired Number)

In 1346 career games, Sundin had 1349 total points. Sundin is one of the greatest captains in Leafs history and one of the best Sweden-born players to ever play in the NHL.

#14. Dave Keon (Retired Number)

As the Leafs turned 100, Keon was named the greatest Leaf in history. Not much more of a compliment than that.

#15. Tomas Kaberle

For a decade, Kaberle was always one of the Leafs best defenseman. He may not have shot the puck as much as some wanted, but he was an assist-machine, with a career-high 58 in the 2005-06 season.

#16. Mitch Marner

Sorry Darcy Tucker, Marner is a better player. Although he’s only been a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs for four seasons, Marner has 291 points in 300 career games and has his eyes on the Hall-of-Fame.