The Top 5 Captains of the Toronto Maple Leafs

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The Top 5 Captains of the Toronto Maple Leafs
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As an Original Six team in the vaunted NHL, it's pretty easy to come up with a Top 10 list of great and memorable Maple Leafs captains. So, while thinking about the upcoming decision facing management, I pondered the qualities that I am expecting in the team's next on and off ice leader. I'm thinking moreso in terms of the intangibles (the essence and attributes) that duly warrant such an appointment from players I've seen play -- and not simply leading the team shift after shift but, for example, explaining a devastating loss in a composed manner to uber-critical mainstream media types night after night, since 1967, or happily appearing at SickKids to hug a 7 year-old who is dying of cancer. Of the most recent group, these are my choices...

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