Hockey season is right around the corner and for Leafs Nation, a time to look forward to a season full of promises and playoff opportunities.
The term "our past shapes our future" is a generality and when it comes to the Leafs, our past, our years without a playoff spot, our years without a Stanley Cup are what shape these Leafs to what they are today, a vision of what Leafs management feel gives them the best shot at success. It may not be a Stanley Cup but a playoff spot isn't out of the question.
The success of the Leafs franchise has come from many different people but the most important ones are the ones on the ice, who bleed, skate and score for the logo on their chest and hope that it leads them to hockey immortality.
Here are the 10 most iconic players in Leafs history. Some produced team success and some led the team with charisma, skill, heart and tenacity that may (or have already) lead them to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Note: Let me be the first to point out that this could easily be a list of best NHL players to come out of my hometown of Timmins, ON, considering a lot of Leaf greats from the Original Six era came from that city but only two from the area are highlighted in this slideshow...sorry Frank Mahovlich.