The glory years for the Toronto Maple Leafs—four Stanley Cups in the 1960s—may be distant memories, but what the team lacks in recent accomplishments is made up for by their history, which is rich in drama, pathos, and, most of all, humor. Figures connected to the Maple Leafs from the 1950s to the present offer their best stories, including some new takes on the team’s legends. Players, coaches, broadcasters, and team executives come together to share a long list of funny anecdotes about their time with the Leafs. Bobby Baun recalls the unprecedented moment in the 1964 Stanley Cup finals when he slammed a game-winning goal into the net while skating on a broken leg. Bob Haggert, a former Leafs trainer, shares his memories of Conn Smythe, the unyielding military man who founded the team. Also telling tales is Jim McKenny, defenseman-turned-forward-turned broadcaster, whose sense of humor is as deft as his skating. Joe Bowen, long the voice of the Maple Leafs on radio and television, is along for the ride, as are Bob McGill, Glenn Healy, Walter Gretzky, and so many more. Updated to include the Leafs’ centennial 2016-17 season, including the debut of Auston Matthews, this new edition of Tales from the Toronto Maple Leafs Locker Room is a must-have for Leafs fans everywhere.
David Shoalts is a hockey columnist for The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. He has covered hockey there since 1989. He has managed to survive the final days of Harold Ballard, one National Hockey League strike, and two lockouts. Shoalts grew up in Wainfleet, Ontario, and now lives with his wife and two children in Bolton, near Toronto. He previously coauthored, with William Houston, Greed & Glory: The Fall of Hockey Czar Alan Eagleson.