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Re: Players for Monument outside ACC...
« Reply #120 on: March 18, 2015, 07:36:43 PM »
The late Syl Apps and George Armstrong.

...said Toronto Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan...“Both Syl and George led their respective teams through two different eras of the team’s glory days with Hall of Fame careers and left a lasting legacy for future generations of Maple Leaf players to look up to.”

Armstrong spent his whole NHL career — 21 seasons — with the Maple Leafs, winning four Stanley Cups with the squad during their run in the 1960s, including the Leafs’ last Cup win in 1967.

Apps also spent his entire career with the Leafs, playing 10 seasons with the club and winning three Stanley Cups (1942, 1947, 1948). Apps died in 1998. He was represented at the ceremony by his son.

I was hoping for Keon. ;)   However, Apps and Armstrong (as in George ;D) are both good choices!

I'm not convinced that we see Keon as one of those players to be honest.  A fantastic player, a guy who certainly got screwed by Ballard but he has been pretty ornery about all things Maple Leafs ever since.  Even his somewhat surprising appearance a few years ago for the Cup anniversary he couldn't even look excited to be there like the other guys and I think he even made a comment or two around the event that it was entirely to be there for his teammates and had little to do with the actual Maple Leafs component.

He also has that stance of refusing to have his number honoured unless it gets retired.  That one actually bugs me because noone else seems to have that problem.  And personally, unless a guy is someone like a Wayne Gretzky I don't really see why a number has to be retired.  If a young player comes in and wants to wear Sundin's 13, let him.  It doesn't diminish Sundin unless the guy ends up being a better career player and then you can't call Sundin the best #13 in Leafs history.

I don't think you get an ok from Keon to put a statue up at this point.

Why not. He was part of 4 Stanley cup winners. He should be a shoe IN.

Exactly, Keon must be one honoured with a statue, despite his bitterness!