The 2008-09 NHL season was a stepping stone for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
There wasn’t very much to be excited about for Leafs Nation except for a possibility at a brighter future.
There was, however, the emergence of two lines that entertained the Leaf faithful.
The first was the Jason Blake, Dominic Moore, Lee Stempniak line which finally had Blake earning his money.
The second line consisted of Nikolai Kulemin, Mikhail Grabovski, and Alexei Ponikarovsky. This line made us witness Ponikarovsky becoming a leader and a legitimate top six forward.
These two lines had me thinking about some of the most memorable Leaf lines in their long and illustrious history.
When we think of great hockey lines there are a few that quickly come to mind like the “French Connection” which consisted of Rick Martin, Gilbert Perreault, and Rene Robert.
A good hockey line comes in all shapes and sizes. Some are known for scoring and others are known for checking while the best possess every skill under the scoreboard.
There are lines that have nick names like Los Angeles Kings’ “Triple Crown” line with Charlie Simmer, Marcel Dionne, and Dave Taylor.
And there are those that remain unlabeled by society such as the Boston Bruins’ Ken Hodge, Phil Esposito, and Wayne Cashman.
There are also lines that dominate for years and others that were only magical for a short while.
But there are three things that all hockey lines have in common; they have great chemistry, they demonstrate to the world that hockey is a great team sport, and they are exciting and memorable to witness.
At last, let’s take a peak at some of the more famous Toronto Maple Leafs trios. I hope it brings back great memories for most Leafs fans.
NOTE: These lines are not ranked. They are presented in order by decade.