I cheated on this one. Back in the day I was a Frank Mahovlich fan when he played for Detroit. But since I... 1) love these '63/'64 Parkhursts and 2) didn't really have a fave among the Leafs back then, I chose to have "The Big M" fill this spot.
And it's not like he didn't do much for the Leafs. On the contrary he is one of the great players in their history. He played 11+ seasons in Toronto and was the Calder Trophy winner as Rookie of the Year in 1958. He made six NHL All Star squads with the Leafs (nine overall) and won four Stanley Cups with them (six overall).
After his time with Toronto he played for Detroit (where he is planted in my memory) playing on a line with Gordie Howe, and with Montreal. After his NHL days he played four seasons in the WHA. I saw him play for four different clubs as a pro (maybe five but I don't recall him from any Ranger-Montreal games I went to). He was a great scorer and a tough guy in the corners but during his career he suffered from depression and missed games due to that and assorted issues.
Wikipedia lists some of his accomplishments:
- Calder Memorial Trophy winner in 1958.
- Played in 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, and 1974 NHL All-Star Games.
- Selected to the NHL First All-Star Team in 1961, 1963, and 1973.
- Selected to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, and 1970.
- Stanley Cup champion in 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1971 and 1973.
- Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1981.
- Inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.
- In 1998, he was ranked number 27 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.
- Inaugural inductee into the World Hockey Association Hall of Fame as a “Legends of the Game” in 2010