Top 10 Toronto Maple Leafs Who Deserve Retired Numbers

Nov 25, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; The honored numbers of former Toronto Maple Leafs players Johnny Bower (1) and Red Kelly (4) and Ace Bailey (6) hang from the rafters before the start of the game against the Washington Capitals at Air Canada Centre. The Capitals beat the Maple Leafs 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 25, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; The honored numbers of former Toronto Maple Leafs players Johnny Bower (1) and Red Kelly (4) and Ace Bailey (6) hang from the rafters before the start of the game against the Washington Capitals at Air Canada Centre. The Capitals beat the Maple Leafs 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports /
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5. Busher Jackson (LW) – Toronto Maple Leafs (1929-1939)

Ralph Harvey Jackson played 10 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and was a member of the Leafs famous “Kid Line” with Joe Primeau and Charlie Conacher.  Conacher has had his number retired by the Leafs and Primeau is an honourable mention on this list.

Busher Jackson was selected to five NHL All-Star Teams: four times to the 1st NHL All-Star Team and once to the 2nd NHL All-Star Team.  Every other former Toronto Maple Leafs player with four or more NHL All-Star Team selections has had their number retired.

Jackson played before the Art Ross trophy was introduced in 1948 but would’ve won the award after he led the NHL in points during the 1931-32 season.  He was also second in NHL goals and points during the 1932-33 season.

Busher Jackson may be the next most likely Leafs legend to have their number retired by the Toronto Maple Leafs as he was ranked #16 on the top 100 list released by the organization in 2016 for their centennial season .

Every player ranked higher than Jackson on Toronto’s centennial list has had their number retired, and Jackson placed higher than four players that have retired numbers: Hap Day, King Clancy, Ace Bailey and Bill Barilko.

Busher Jackson primarily wore #11 while playing with the Toronto Maple Leafs.  The last Leaf to wear that number was Zach Hyman in 2021.

Achievements with the Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs Top 100 #16
1st NHL All-Star Team 1932, 1934, 1935, 1937
2nd NHL All-Star Team 1933
Stanley Cup Champion 1932
#55 on The Hockey News’ list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players
Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee
Led NHL in Points 1931-1932
2nd in NHL Goals and Points 1932-33
3rd in NHL Assists 1931-32
Top 3 in NHL Goals three times
Top 5 in NHL Goals four times
Top 5 in NHL Points four times
Top 10 in NHL Goals five times
Top 10 in NHL Assists three times
Top 10 in NHL Points five times