The Maple Leafs added four members to Legends Row in keeping with the team’s tradition of honouring its most legendary players.
Statues of Charlie Conacher, Red Kelly, Frank Mahovlich and Wendel Clark were unveiled before a modest, appreciative gathering outside the Air Canada Centre on Thursday night.
“The statue looks great, I think he took one of my chins off,” Clark said with a laugh as he marveled at the bronze likeness of himself, sculpted by Illinois native Erik Blome. “It’s a huge honour. We’re really representing different eras of hockey.”
The late Conacher – the right winger of the Leafs’ famed Kid Line – led the Leafs in goal scoring five times between 1930-31 and 1935-36. Charlie Conacher was represented by his son Brad.
Linemates Kelly and Mahovlich were part of the Toronto dynasty that won four championships in the 1960s, culminating in the “Over The Hill Gang” victory over Montreal in 1967, the final season of the six-team era.
“The game I saw last night, it looks like we might win another,” Kelly said.
Clark concurred with Kelly’s optimism. The long-time fan favourite – who captivated the city of Toronto upon his first-overall selection in 1985 – was still aglow after watching the Leafs’ dominant season opening win against Winnipeg.
“It’s fun to watch, it’s got to be fun as a player to be part of that squad. They’re all the same age, and it looks like they’re going in the right direction.”
Frank Mahovlich poses with his statue
Charlie Conacher is represented by two of his sons Pete (far left) and Brad
Red Kelly takes in the festivities…
…and so does Leafs president Brendan Shanahan
Latest honourees listed with regular season statistics:
- Charlie Conacher – #9 retired by the Leafs, 326 GP, 200 goals, 124 assists, 324 points. 1932 Stanley Cup winner
- Red Kelly – #4 retired by the Leafs, 470 GP, 119 goals, 232 assists, 351 points. 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1967 Stanley Cup winner
- Frank Mahovlich – #27 retired by the Leafs, 720 GP, 296 goals, 301 assists, 597 points. 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1967 Stanley Cup winner
- Wendel Clark = #17 retired by the Leafs, 608 GP, 260 goals, 181 assists, 441 points.