Five Ways The 1994 Leafs Were Better Than The 2014 Leafs

Bruce Bennett

20 years ago the greatest video game of all time was released. Let's look back on the halcyon days of NHL94


Everyone knows the myth of NHL94. Swingers made it an iconic game that transcends all aspects of popular culture and it even made that dipshit Jeremy Roenick seem cool because he made that cheating bastard Wayne Gretzky's head bleed. But how many of us remember who was on that Leafs roster that returned to the Western Conference Final in 1994 after having their hearts ripped out of their chest by a criminally incompetent Kerry Fraser? Luckily, Hockey-Reference exists.

No. ▴ Player Pos Age Summary
1 Damian Rhodes G 24 9-7-3, 2.62 GAA
2 Sylvain Lefebvre D 26 2 G, 9 A, 11 P
3 Bob Rouse D 29 5 G, 11 A, 16 P
4 Dave Ellett D 29 7 G, 36 A, 43 P
7 David Sacco RW 23 1 G, 1 A, 2 P
8 Chris Govedaris LW 23 2 G, 2 A, 4 P
9 Glenn Anderson RW 33 17 G, 18 A, 35 P
10 Bill Berg LW 26 8 G, 11 A, 19 P
11 Guy Larose C 26 1 G, 2 A, 3 P
11 Mark Greig RW 24 2 G, 2 A, 4 P
11 Mike Gartner RW 34 6 G, 6 A, 12 P
12 Rob Pearson RW 22 12 G, 18 A, 30 P
14 Dave Andreychuk RW 30 53 G, 46 A, 99 P
15 Dmitri Mironov D 28 9 G, 27 A, 36 P
16 Nikolai Borschevsky RW 29 14 G, 20 A, 34 P
17 Wendel Clark LW 27 46 G, 30 A, 76 P
18 Kent Manderville LW 22 7 G, 9 A, 16 P
19 John Cullen C 29 13 G, 17 A, 30 P
20 Alexei Kudashov C 22 1 G, 0 A, 1 P
21 Mark Osborne RW 32 9 G, 15 A, 24 P
22 Ken Baumgartner LW 27 4 G, 4 A, 8 P
23 Todd Gill D 28 4 G, 24 A, 28 P
24 Patrik Augusta RW 24 0 G, 0 A, 0 P
25 Peter Zezel C 28 8 G, 8 A, 16 P
26 Mike Krushelnyski C 33 5 G, 6 A, 11 P
28 Greg Smyth D 27 0 G, 1 A, 1 P
28 David Harlock D 22 0 G, 0 A, 0 P
29 Felix Potvin G 22 34-22-9, 2.89 GAA
32 Mike Eastwood C 26 8 G, 10 A, 18 P
33 Matt Martin D 22 0 G, 1 A, 1 P
34 Jamie Macoun D 32 3 G, 27 A, 30 P
36 Frank Bialowas D 24 0 G, 0 A, 0 P
38 Chris Snell D 22 0 G, 0 A, 0 P
40 Ken McRae C 25 1 G, 1 A, 2 P
41 Eric Lacroix LW 22 0 G, 0 A, 0 P
44 Yanic Perreault C 22 3 G, 3 A, 6 P
55 Drake Berehowsky D 22 2 G, 8 A, 10 P
71 Mike Foligno RW 35 0 G, 0 A, 0 P
93 Doug Gilmour C 30 27 G, 84 A, 111 P

Was that team better? Well, as we all know, only results matter so the only way this year's incarnation could surpass them would be to make the Cup final or to win it all. Even I don't think that's possible and I'm writing this under the influence of enforced optimism. So how was that team better?

5. The Defence

Look at that defence corps and tell me you don't have dreams of the days when the Leafs couldn't be scored on? Sylvain Lefebvre, Jamie Macoun, and Bob Rouse were the steel that turned back anyone that dared to attempt to score on the Leafs. Cliff Fletcher once said that you could find anyone that could find anyone to chip the puck off the glass and out of the zone as this trio was broken up. Well guess what old man? No, you fucking can't. Ask Jeff Finger. No, not Kurt Sauer, JEFF FINGER. To top it off, Dave Ellett and Dmitri Mironov were the puck moving precursors to Tomas Kaberle and Drake Berehowsky...had a fun name to say. Even the presence of Todd Gill couldn't screw this up.

4. Dave Andreychuk

53 goals and I bet they didn't travel more than 100 feet. You think that that guy you like goes to the dirty areas? No, he doesn't. Dave Andreychuk went to the dirty areas. Whoever you are thinking of is a baby in comparison. Unless it's Wendel.

3. Doug Gilmour

This was the second season in which Doug Gilmour was probably one of the five best players in the NHL. His 1993 season was legendary and despite the incredible physical toll that took on him he came back and had ANOTHER huge season with 111 points and another conference final appearance.

2. Felix The Cat

I love James Reimer and maybe someday I'll love Jonathan Bernier but they have a long way to go before they capture the imagination of Leafs fans like Felix "The Cat" Potvin. Weak glove hand? Nope. What's that Bernier? You beat up Ryan Miller? Come talk to me when you take down King Kong in his own arena.

Hey Ron, you're bleeding fuck face. Fucking Philly homers. Bill Burr, TAKE IT AWAY.

1. Wendel Clark Was On The Team

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