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Wednesday FTB: What Leafs got Sid to 500?

Crosby reaches a career milestone but of course we're making it about the Leafs.

Pittsburgh Penguins v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images

Good morning Toronto Maple Leafs fans!

Last night Sidney Crosby scored the 500th goal of this career, and it was even against the Penguins rival Philadelphia Flyers.

It took a long time, fighting against the owners along the way as they canceled game after game after game, but three Stanley Cups later, Crosby did it, with the help of a few Maple Leafs along the way.

Let’s take a look at all the players Sid was lucky enough to play with.

#107 - Michael Zigomanis - 1 assist
Played with the Marlies for three and a bit seasons after his brief stint in Pittsburgh, and got 8 games in with the Maple Leafs. Used to be morning radio host on Sportsnet 590. Or maybe he still is, I don’t know.

#103 - Steve Sullivan - 1 assist
A Leaf early in his career, included as a return in the Doug Gilmour to New Jersey deal, Sullivan played three seasons in Toronto before going to Chicago seven games into the 99-00 season.

#98 - Gary Roberts - 1 assist
A fan favourite Leaf from their Sundin, uh, glory years? Played two seasons with the Penguins after he left the Leafs when the salary cap came in.

#95 - Alexei Ponikarovsky - 1 assist
Born and raised a Maple Leaf, he would be traded to the Penguins at the 2010 deadline and bounce around from the Penguins to the Kings, Jets*, Devils, and Hurricanes before heading to the KHL.

#84 - Matt Hunwick - 1 assist
He was a defenseman for the Leafs once.

#83 - Ron Hainsey - 1 assist
Everyone's favourite Leaf!

#75 - Luca Caputi - 1 assist
Former Leaf draft pick, the first #25 on the inaugural Top 25 list, he’s now head coach of the OHL Kingston Frontenacs.

#68 - Lee Stempniak - 2 assists
Brought back to Toronto in the terrible Steen/Colaiacovo to St. Louis trade, he’s the first Leaf to get two assists on this list.

#62 - Kasperi Kapanen - 2 assists
Traded to Toronto in the Phil Kessel trade, he went back to Pittsburgh in 2020 after signing a big deal and hasn’t scored much since. Thanks Pittsburgh!

#60 - Hal Gill - 2 assists
Best known for this photo:

#52 - Ric Jackman - 3 assists
I don’t know why this guy always stuck with me as a Leaf, but he did. Split two seasons between Toronto and St. John’s before heading to Pittsburgh.

#18 - Colby Armstrong - 13 assists
The Armdog gets the first double digits on the list. Joined the Leafs after dishing out those saucy apples to Crosbers, is now a Sportsnet host.

#8 - Phil Kessel - 30 assists
Phil!

#1 - Evgeni Malkin - 109 assists
Malkin?

Tell me who I forgot in the comments! I did it on purpose to make it a fun game!

Congratulations Crosby, can’t wait to make this list for Matthews in a few seasons.

Speaking of former Penguins, Robin Lehner maybe has asked the Golden Knights to reunite him with Marc Andre Fleury?

A GIF from the Olympics? Interpol is on it’s way Brigs.

Mandatory how to watch post that could have been four words: It’s on the CBC

Sheldon Keefe is demanding, man.

Aside from the Crosby goal, not much of note happened last night. Not surprising since the Leafs didn’t play.

They don’t tonight either, so fill that empty hole with this video of my puppy just falling over for no reason.