I brought my kids to the library a couple days ago and while they were busily running and screaming up and down the aisles in search of Dora the Explorer books - I decided to spend a little bit of time finding some nice Leafs books with pretty pictures I may be able to use for my blog Vintage Leafs. I was able to find a couple great looking books with lots of nice pictures which I will eventually be scanning and posting, but I also found Mike Leonetti's Maple Leafs Trivia Book 1927-2004 and thought I might post some of its content here for us to play with.
The questions below should at least be hard enough to make a google search somewhat difficult for those of you who choose to use that route. I'll let you all work on these for a while before I come back later tonight to check on your progress and reveal the book's answers to those you have attempted. The book is current up to 2004, so I'm hoping to have chosen questions with answers that remain correct and haven't changed in the years since. If you own the book - feel free to help moderate, but please do not post all the answers and pretend you know everything.
Have fun, and if you know these from memory - specify in your answer. Page numbers indicated in parenthesis' are just to make it easier for me when it comes time to reveal the answers in the book.
EDITED TO ADD: Questions remaining unanswered are now in bold. Current standings are posted below the questions.
- In the 1959 Stanley Cup finals, the Leafs faced the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs won the series 4 games to 1. The only game the Leafs won was in overtime 3-2 at home. Who scored the winning goal? (p3)
- During a bitter and controversial seven game quarterfinal series between Toronto and Philadelphia in April 1976, three Flyers were charged with criminal offenses after the third game. It was a very hot evening in Toronto and the fighting seemed to be more important than the hockey. Can you name the Philadelphia players who were charged by Toronto police? (p10)
- On February 2, 1977, the Leafs Ian Turnbull became the first defenseman in NHL history to score five goals in one game in a 9-1 rout of the Detroit Red Wings. Turnbull did it in only five shots, all in the second and third periods. He beat two Detroit goaltenders. Can you name both of them? (p11)
- Only three players have been on five Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup winning teams. Can you name them? (p22)
- Which three players formed the highest scoring line (combined points in one season) in Toronto Maple Leafs history? Hint: All three players would be traded away to other teams. (p26)
- Rick Vaive scored 50 goals three times as a Leaf. Name the three goaltenders to surrender goal #50 in each of those seasons. (p34)
- On December 29, 1988, in a game against the Nordiques, the Leafs set a team record by scoring two goals four seconds apart. Which players scored the goals? (p36)
- As a result of a stick injury suffered by a Leafs player in 1939 the NHL adopted a rule prohibiting players with vision in only one eye from playing in the league. Can you name the player whose accident led to this major rule change? (p68)
- This Maple Leafs right winger went on to be the first general manager for two NHL expansion teams. Who was he? (p76)
- Prior to the Maple Leafs' three consecutive Stanley Cup victories between 1962 and 1964, the Chicago Blackhawks won the championship in 1961. One player was a member of all four teams. Can you name the player who sipped champagne from the Stanley Cup in those four consecutive years? (p83)
- Former Toronto first round draft choices have led both the Maple Leafs and Canadiens in scoring for one season. Can you name these two players? (p140)
- The Maple Leafs set two significant team records* during the 2003-04 season and tied another. Can you name them? (p162)
*See comments for clarification.
Those are the first 12. If this seems to be enjoyed, I'll post some more before I have to return to book to the library.
- 1967ers - 4.5pts
- General Borschevsky - 2pts
- clrlaitken - 1.5pts
- FutureMrStronach - 1pt