Ah yes. And here I thought I was the only fan of the Maple Leafs. Not too sure about Reimer yet since he started out only last year at the half. Nevertheless, he'd be a great addition, no doubt about that.
after all, the first NHL All star game featured an all Leaf team....
On December 12, 1933, Toronto's King Clancy tripped Boston's Eddie Shore, and in retaliation, Shore hit the Leafs' Ace Bailey from behind, flipping him over backwards. Bailey hit his head on the ice so hard that a priest in attendance gave him last rites. Bailey lived for almost 60 more years, but his playing career was over. Shore was suspended for 16 games of a 48 game season for the hit.
As a benefit for Bailey and his family, the NHL held its first ever All-Star game on February 14, 1934. The game was held at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, during which Bailey's #6 uniform was retired by the Leafs. It was the first number to be retired in the NHL. The game saw the Leafs battle against an All-Star team made of players from the other seven teams, which the Leafs won 7–3. One of the more memorable moments before the game was when Bailey presented Shore with his All-Star jersey, showing to the public that Bailey had clearly forgiven him for his actions.
True sportsmanship and true tradition. Today is all ballonies with cheap shots and head shots. Imagine what those guys went through in the early days of hockey that had no helmets, cushioning and padding. The sad part to this historics event is that the historic Maple Leafs Garden has been changed to a Loblaws here at Toronto. Imagine a place that held so much memories being reduced to a grocery store.