8. Allan Stanley (D) – Toronto Maple Leafs (1958-1968)
Allan Stanley played 10 of his 21 NHL seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs winning four Stanley Cups with the team.
Stanley’s best seasons were with the Leafs as he was runner-up for the Norris trophy in 1960 and was also a finalist in 1961. He was also selected to the 2nd NHL All-Star Team in 1960, 1961 and 1966.
As I said when discussing Carl Brewer, no player has won the Norris trophy as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and along with Brewer, Allan Stanley is the only other Leaf to be runner-up for the award but not have their number retired by the team.
Like Brewer, Stanley was selected to three NHL All-Star teams and there is only one former Toronto Maple Leafs player with more selections to not have their number retired and they are #5 on this list.
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1981, and hopefully Allan Stanley will have his #26 hanging from the rafters in Toronto soon. The last Leaf to wear #26 was Stefan Noesen in 2021.
Achievements with the Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs Top 100 #23
2nd NHL All-Star Team 1960, 1961, 1966
Norris Trophy Runner-Up 1960
Norris Trophy Finalist (3rd in voting) 1961
Played in Five NHL All-Star Games
Four Stanley Cup Championships
Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee
Top 10 in NHL Goals by a Defenseman for six seasons
Top 10 in NHL Assists by a Defenseman for five seasons
Top 10 in NHL Points by a Defenseman for five seasons