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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#17. Wendel Clark (Retired Number)

The former 1st overall draft pick could fight, hit and score. Clark was a special player and there’s a reason why nobody will ever be able to wear his number 17 again.

#18. Jim McKenny

McKenny was a reliable offensive defenseman during his time in Toronto. He had four seasons with over 40 points and had his best year in 1972-73 with 52 total points.

#19. Mikael Renberg

Renberg was a force to be reckon with during his time with the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1990s. However, he was still a very useful player when he showed up in Toronto, playing alongside Mats Sundin.

#20. Ed Belfour

Belfour is one of the greatest goaltenders to ever live. He won two Vezina Trophies, along with a Stanley Cup and was a key piece to the Leafs teams in the early 2000s.

#21. Borje Salming (Retired Number)

Salming is the best defenseman in Toronto history and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996. He revolutionized the game and is instrumental in the development of so many great European defenseman today.

#22. Rick Vaive

Vaive also wore number 19, but was more known for the number 22. Vaive had the greatest goal-scoring stretch in Leafs history from 1982-1984, scoring three straight seasons of 50 goals.

#23. Eddie Shack

Shack was apart of the Stanley Cup teams in the 1960s and actually scored the game-winner to clinch the Cup in 1963. Shack also played in three NHL All-Star games in the 60s.

#24. Bryan McCabe

In terms of offensive defenseman, McCabe was one of the best the Leafs ever saw. He had five seasons where he scored 15 or more goals.

#25. Joe Nieuwendyk

Nieuwendyk was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011, and won three Stanley Cups with three different teams. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1999 after winning the Cup in Dallas.

#26. Bob Baun

Baun won four Stanley Cups in Toronto and was a staple on the teams blue-line for all of those championships.

#27. Darryl Sittler (Retired Number)

Most famous for his 10-point night in Toronto, Sittler was a remarkable offensive player. Sittler was also inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989.

#28. Tie Domi

Domi may not have scored most nights, but if we didn’t pick him here, I’m scared he’d find me and beat me up. Third in all-time penalty minutes, Domi is one of the best fighters in NHL history.

#29. Felix Potvin

Potvin played in back-to-back NHL All-Star games as a Leaf and was a key reason for the teams success in the early 90s.

#30. Terry Sawchuk

With 103 career shutouts, Sawchuk’s record stood for decades before Martin Brodeur broke it. With four Vezina Trophies and four Stanley Cups, Sawchuk is known as one of the greatest goaltenders of all-time.

#31. Curtis Joseph

‘Cujo’ is one of the most beloved goaltenders in Leafs history. Joseph has yet to be named to the Hockey Hall of Fame, but with 454 career wins, it wouldn’t be shocking if he was elected eventually.

#32. Steve Thomas

Thomas had two different stints in Toronto 12 seasons apart. Thomas was a very reliable NHL player with 933 points in 1235 career games.

#33. Al Iafrate

The 6’3 defenseman from Michigan had a great shot from the blue-line. As a defenseman, Iafrate scored 20-plus goals three times in his career.

#34. Auston Matthews

Currently in his fourth season in Toronto, Matthews looks well on his way to the Hockey Hall of Fame. His worst goal season is 34, and it’ll be no surprise if he flirts with 50 goals scored every year.

#35. Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Winning a Conn Smythe Trophy is an incredible accomplishment, but doing it as the losing team is almost impossible. That’s just how good Gigure was in the 2003 NHL Playoffs. Although he lost the Stanley Cup that season, he would go onto win it with Anaheim in 2007.