Ah, the 70s. I’m not sure if this bunch is as coke fuelled as the decade was, but uh....well it’s a group of players that’s for sure. Look the 60s are tomorrow and they’re a good bunch, let’s just plow through.
#77 - Pavel Kubina (2008-2009)
08/09 Kubina isn’t the best Kubina on this list, and yes, that isn’t a mistake down there. Kubina must not have cared much about his numbers, as he seemed to wear a new one every season. He put up identical numbers in #77 as he did #73, but took ten more games to do so. 77 would be the last number Kubina would wear as a Maple Leaf, he would be traded with Tim Stapleton to the Atlanta Thrashers on July 1st 2009 for Garnet Exelby and Colin Stuart
#73 - Pavel Kubina (2007-2008)
The badass better PPG Kubina wore #73., so it was clearly the better option for him. Congrats on making this list twice Pavel!
#72 - Mathieu Schneider (1996-1998)
Brought over in what most people know as "the return of Wendel Clark part one" at the ‘96 deadline, Schneider played just over 100 games with the Leafs, missing most of 96/97 with an injury. He’d be flipped to the Rangers just before the start of the 98/99 season. In the words of Randy Carlyle, he was "just ok" as a Maple Leaf.
#71 - Mike Foligno (1991-1993)
Another Leafs career that was cut short by injury (Foligno missed most of 91/92 with a broken leg), Foligno played out the twilight of his career in Toronto, being traded to Florida weeks into the 94/95 season for cash.Foligno’s biggest moment as a Leaf is now, because it keeps the other 71 off the list of Leafs by Numbers.
That other 71: David Clarkson (2013-2015)
Biggest accomplishment: Getting traded for Nathan Horton. Or was it getting suspended 10 games in the pre-season? I’m not sure. 118 games played. 26 points. Traded for LTIR space.
Once the kid "earn the right" to pick their numbers, 79, 78, 76, 75, 74, and 70 are all available. Come on Auston, you know you want to be the only Leaf to ever wear 76.
As always the research was done via Hockey-Reference.com. A great site, and white list them on your ad-blocker hey?