All Hail the Leafs
Definitely Not Editor-in-Chief
TORONTO – May 3rd, 1967
The Leafs have now won their 4th Cup in 6 years and the Cup is back in the Hockey Capital of the world… Toronto! The Leafs bested the hated Canadiens in 6 games to claim their hardware. Jim Pappin’s goal in the second period would go down as the game winner.
Captain George Armstrong commented: “It’s really amazing to see this team come together and win the Cup! It’s the 13th in our history and we are ready to beat the Canadiens again!” Armstrong was asked about the unlucky number 13 and if his team would be able to overcome it. “Well, the Canadiens did it, and so will we!” The Montreal Canadiens currently have 14 Stanley Cups, only one more than their biggest rivals, but that is all about to change.
I see big things coming for this Toronto team. They are definitely headed in the right direction and with Head Coach Punch Imlach anything is possible. The real difference for the Leafs will be their goaltending situation. With veteran goaltender Johnny Bower on the verge of retirement, Terry Sawchuk and Al Smith will be the go to guys for the Leafs. 11 players on this roster have been a member of all 4 Cups including Captain George Armstrong, Assistant Captains Bob Pulford and Allan Stanley, and Canada’s favourite player, Tim Horton.
Despite the expansion next season, with the direction the Leafs are going, I predict that they can win 11 more cups by 1993. Unfortunately for all the Canadiens fans reading, get ready for the biggest drought in franchise history!