Put Alexander Mogilny in the Hockey Hall of Fame already

Leafs legend Alexander Mogilny has been eligible for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame since 2009, but every June comes and goes without the “Call to the Hall”. Some of this is justified: simply better players have become eligible over the years, which has bumped him down the order. But for Mogilny to go 13 induction cycles without being selected to the Hall is puzzling considering some of his career accomplishments:
Top-100 all-time in points (81st – 1032)
Top-75 all-time in goals (56th – 473)
One of only six players to score 70+ goals in a season (76G in 77GP in 1992-93)
8x 30 goal-scorer (full-season pace: 10x)
4x 40 goal-scorer (full-season pace: 6x)
2x 100 points-scorer (full-season pace: 3x)
1x Stanley Cup champion (NJD, 2000)
1x Rocket Richard trophy* (*if it existed in 1992-93, tied with Teemu Selanne)
1x Lady Byng trophy (2003)
NHL record for most game-winning goals in a season (11 in 1992-93)
NHL record for fastest goal to start a game (5 seconds)
One of 30 members of Triple Gold Club (Olympic Gold in 1988, World Championship in 1989, Stanley Cup in 2000)
First Russian to be made Captain of an NHL club
Add in the cultural element of being the first player to defect from the Soviet Union to play …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry thanks Toronto, reveals goals with Miami

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry thanks Toronto, reveals goals with Miami

Toronto Raptors legend Kyle Lowry made the difficult decision to leave the franchise that helped make him a star, departing Canada after nine seasons in order to team up with close friend Jimmy Butler and help the Miami Heat contend for what could be his second championship ring. On paper, Lowry’s move makes a ton […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Could keeping Goran Dragic help Toronto win in 2021?

Raptors: Could keeping Goran Dragic help Toronto win in 2021?

The Toronto Raptors had to part with franchise legend Kyle Lowry in the early hours of free agency, sending him to the Miami Heat in a sign-and-trade agreement that brought back 2020 first-round pick Precious Achiuwa and veteran point guard Goran Dragic, who will be 35 next year just like Lowry. Despite the fact that […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Jimmy Butler hints that Kyle Lowry might come to Miami

Toronto Raptors: Jimmy Butler hints that Kyle Lowry might come to Miami

Toronto Raptors legend Kyle Lowry was the subject of many trade rumors right before the deadline. Right up until the clock struck midnight on Deadline Day, there was anticipation that the six-time All-Star would be moved, and there were plenty of suitors lined up. The teams that were narrowed down until the last moments were […]
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Author: Alaa Alarashi / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry to be awarded honorary degree

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry to be awarded honorary degree

Toronto Raptors legend Kyle Lowry has been adorned with many titles over the last few years, including All-Star, potential Hall of Fame player, and NBA champion. In the future, he might need to add “Dr. Kyle Lowry” to that always-growing list. Lowry is in the middle of what many are assuming will be his final […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Chris Bosh releasing book detailing life leading up to Toronto stardom

Raptors: Chris Bosh releasing book detailing life leading up to Toronto stardom

Toronto Raptors legend Chris Bosh might’ve really established himself as a Hall of Famer with the Miami Heat, but he remains a beloved figure north of the border for his competitive desire on the court and cheerful attitude off of it. Raptors fans interested in learning more about how Bosh went from a stringy high-schooler […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Hockey legend Howie Meeker dies at 97

It’s a sad day in the hockey world as hockey legend Howie Meeker died Sunday at the age of 97.

Former broadcasting partner Bernie Pascall confirmed the news on Twitter Sunday.

We are saddened with the news that our friend Howie Meeker passed away this morning at the age of 97 at Nanaimo General Hospital. ⁦@MapleLeafs⁩ ⁦@HockeyHallFame⁩.Condolences to his wife Leah and family. #RIP pic.twitter.com/90oVm76Arq
— Bernie Pascall (@berniepascall) November 8, 2020

The Kitchener, Ont. native was the last living member of the 147-48 cup winning Toronto Maple Leafs team — a championship he won in his second season in the league.
The year prior, Meeker joined the Leafs at the age of 23 and won the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie scoring 27 goals and 45 points in 55 games. He played with the club until 1954 when he stepped away from the game.
Upon his retirement, Meeker had scored 83 goals and 185 points in 346 games winning three Stanley Cup titles.
Meeker was a MP for Waterloo South from 1951-1953 while he played but didn’t seek re-election. He later ran hockey camps that were featured on CBC that led to a career breaking barriers on Hockey Night In Canada …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

NHL History: Dave Keon pots two shorthanded goals, a record, as Toronto Maple Leafs win 1963 Stanley Cup

Toronto Maple Leafs legend Dave Keon had one of the best nights of his NHL career today in 1963.

The 22-year-old had a great regular season for the Leafs in his second year scoring 28 goals and 56 points in 68 games. And in the playoffs, Keon his another level. In just 10 games, the centre scored seven goals and 12 points helping the Leafs win the Stanley Cup.
They hoisted that title today in 1963 in large part to Keon. The Noranda, Quebec native scored two shorthanded goals — setting a playoff record — as he and the Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 in game five of the cup finals.
That year, Keon was awarded the Lady Byng trophy.
Keon joined the Leafs in 1960 and as a rookie, scored 20 goals and 45 points in 70 games as he posted a campaign awarding him the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie.
His time in Toronto came to an end in August 1975 when Keon joined the Minnesota Fightings Saints of the WHA, but that club folded before the season’s end. After bouncing around to the Indianapolis Racers (and the Fighting Saints once more), Keon landed with the New England Whalers with whom he …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Breaking down the Trevor Moore Blockbuster

Today we say goodbye to a Leafs legend. A guy that hasn’t scored a goal since game six of the season. A guy who hasn’t picked up a point since game eight. A guy who is recovering from an injury, and has numbers befitting a bubble fourth line/13F player. This is really all we should have to say about Trevor Moore, who was well liked because of a comical comment about his ass, but really was a throw-in so the Leafs could remain under 50 contracts and the Kings can trot out a California boy for a few games this year.
On to the what the Leafs addressed in this deal.
Need for a backup goaltender that you aren’t terrified by
Team toughness in the form of someone who can play hockey
Jack Campbell
After Elliotte Friedman connected the dots between the Leafs and Campbell earlier today, I put together some thoughts on Campbell that still hold pretty true now…
There are obvious benefits from bringing in a goaltender that your coach is familiar with, and the GM knows what to expect from them. There’s the fact that Campbell’s …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation