To spice up discussion during the lockout our friends* over at Habs Eye on the Prize have started voting on who wore which number better.
*I like them.
Since they don't offer "none of the above, a Leaf wore it better" as a voting option, I thought I'd shamelessly rip them off and start it up here, since there's not much else to do.
98, 97, and 95 were not worn.
99 - Wilf Paiment
187GP - 78G 125A - 203 P
#96 - Phil Housley
1GP - 0G 0A - 0P
#94 - Sergei Berezin
357 GP - 126G 94A - 220P
So, here we are, poll #1, and it's not even a fair fight.
Two players have worn #93 for the Toronto Maple Leafs:
(oh, um spoiler alert)
Godynyuk was a Ukrainian defenseman (drafted 6th round 115 overall in 1990 by Toronto) who played 49 games over 2 seasons for the Maple Leafs. 90-91 was split between Kiev Sokol in Russia, the AHL New Market Saints, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played 18 games with 0 Goals, 3 Assists, and 16 PIM. Season two was split with the IHL's Salt Lake golden Eagles and Toronto (31 GP, 3G, 6A, 59PM) before being traded to Calgary in February 1992 as part of a 10 player deal wich brings us to:
Doug Gilmour is a good ol' Kingston boy with the quintessential Canadian hockey name, who is one of the few people to play on the same team in both the QMJHL and the OHL. Drafted in the 7th round, 134th overall by the St. Louis Blues, he was acquired by the Maple Leafs in a 10 player trade with the Calgary Flames that saw the only two players to wear 93 for Toronto swap teams.
He played in Toronto from the Calgary trade in Feb 1992 (played 9 games in 94-95 in Switzerland with Raperswil-Jona) until Spring 1997.
In his first 392 games with Toronto, he had 131 goals and 321 assists for 452 points, with 386 PM's. He had his best offensive season ever in 92-93 with 127 points and helped the Leafs make it to the Western Conference Finals where he avoided blindness from a high stick by an unknown assailant. (It's unknown because the game sheet shows no penalty).
After his heroic near decapitation, he again posted over 100 points and the summer of 94 he was named Captain after current Captain Wendel Clark was traded for future Captain Mats Sundin. Unfortunately, the Mats we got wasn't the Mats we would eventually have and the team struggled on the ice and Gilmour was traded to New Jersey in 1997 for Steve Sullivan, Alyn McCauley, and Jason Smith
He returned to Toronto for a Victory lap at the 2003 trade deadline when the Leafs sent Montreal a 6th round draft pick. He made his return on the ice with the Leafs when they were in Calgary and he collided with Dave Lowry and injured his knee.
A nice swift kick to the balls for Leafs fans from the Hockey Gods as Gilmours last time on the ice as a Maple Leaf wasn't even in Toronto, and was crawling, not skating, off the ice.
Ahem. Dusty in here.
So here we are Leafs fans, who wore #93 best?
Who wore #93 best?
Alexander Godynyuk (6 votes)
Dougie Gilmour (23 votes)
29 total votes