Press Release

‘Man of the Year’ Award Recipient – 1967 Stanley Cup Champion Toronto Maple Leafs

TORONTO, ON – The National Hockey League Alumni Association (NHLAA) announced today, February 1, 2024, that the 1967 Stanley Cup Champion Toronto Maple Leafs are their 2024 Keith Magnuson ‘Man of the Year’ award recipients. The NHLAA created this award to honour former players who have applied the intangibles of perseverance, commitment, and teamwork developed through the game into a successful post-career transition.

“One word instantly comes to mind when I think of the 1967 Toronto Maple Leafs: greatness,” said Glenn Healy, NHLAA President and Executive Director. “Led by some of the greatest players ever to wear the blue and white, the ‘67 Leafs hold a special place in the hearts of so many Toronto hockey fans as the last team to bring the Stanley Cup home to their beloved city. As the NHL takes over the city of Toronto for this year’s All-Star festivities, the NHLAA is proud to present this award to one of the most significant teams in the city’s expansive hockey history.”

By defeating the Montreal Canadiens at the famed Maple Leaf Gardens on May 2, 1967, in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Toronto Maple Leafs secured their fourth Stanley Cup in six seasons, representing the culmination of a golden era in Leafs history. The team would eventually go on to have an astounding 10 future Hockey Hall of Fame players: George Armstrong (Captain), Johnny Bower, Terry Sawchuk, Tim Horton, Red Kelly, Dave Keon, Frank Mahovlich, Marcel Pronovost, Bob Pulford, and Allan Stanley.

Following Thursday’s NHL All-Star Player Draft, the Highland Creek Pipe Band led six members of the 1967 roster, including Dave Keon (1967 Conn Smythe Trophy Winner), Bob Pulford, Pete Stemkowski, Ron Ellis, Mike Walton, and Brian Conacher, onto the stage at Scotiabank Arena. Event host Ron MacLean greeted the esteemed guests of honour as applause rained from the thousands in attendance. A touching tribute video, set to Beth McCann’s cover of Oasis’ ‘Live Forever,’ celebrating the entire team’s lasting impact and legacy, was shown in-arena and on the broadcast. A commemorative piece featuring a replica of the team’s engraving on the Stanley Cup and a metallic version of the ticket from the series-clinching game was presented to the NHL Alumni members on stage by previous ‘Man of the Year’ recipient Bryan Trottier (6x Stanley Cup Champion, HHOF ‘97), Toronto Maple Leafs icon Tie Domi (1000+ GP, 86 Playoff GP with TOR), and NHLAA President & Executive Director Glenn Healy (1x Stanley Cup Champion).

The NHLAA is proud to carry on the legacy of this tremendous team by adding them to their lineage of past ‘Man of the Year’ recipients, a list that includes icons of the game such as Jean Beliveau, Gordie Howe, Mark Messier, Mario Lemieux, Borje Salming, Mats Sundin & Nicklas Lidstrom among many others, some of whom were in town to celebrate the momentous occasion and the All-Star festivities.

1967 STANLEY CUP CHAMPION TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Coach: Punch Imlach,

George Armstrong (C),

Bob Baun,

Johnny Bower,

John Brenneman,

Brian Conacher,

Ron Ellis,

Aut Erickson,

Larry Hillman,

Tim Horton,

Red Kelly,

Larry Jeffrey,

Dave Keon,

Frank Mahovlich,

Milan Marcetta,

Jim Pappin,

Marcel Pronovost,

Bob Pulford,

Terry Sawchuk,

Eddie Shack,

Allan Stanley,

Pete Stemkowski,

Mike Walton,

PREVIOUS WINNERS

2001: Ted Lindsay

2002: Jean Beliveau

2003: Andy Bathgate

2004: Al Arbour

2006: Johnny Bower

2007: Rod Gilbert

2008: Bobby Hull

2009: Gordie Howe

2010: Guy Lafleur

2011: Lanny McDonald

2012: Brad Park

2013: Pat Quinn

2014: Bryan Trottier

2015: Mark Messier

2016: Yvan Cournoyer

2017: Mario Lemieux

2018: Börje Salming, Mats Sundin, Nicklas Lidström

2019: Ray Bourque

2023: Dave Keon

 

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