Leafs to honor Day, Kelly, Salming with banners
TORONTO -- Hap Day, Red Kelly and Borje Salming will have banners raised in their honor before the Toronto Maple Leafs' home opener on Oct. 4.
Banners previously raised feature Syl Apps, Ted Kennedy, Turk Broda, Johnny Bower, King Clancy, Tim Horton, George Armstrong, Charlie Conacher, Frank Mahovlich and Darryl Sittler.
Other banners hanging above Air Canada Centre honor the contributions of Ace Bailey (No. 6) and Bill Barilko (No. 5), who are the only players who have had their numbers retired. The Leafs only retire numbers of distinguished players who have died or had their career shortened due to tragic or catastrophic circumstances.
Day was an original Maple Leaf when the team was founded in 1927. He was captain of the first Stanley Cup-winning club in 1932, five months after Maple Leaf Gardens opened, and he coached the team to five championships in the 1940s.
Kelly, a center, amassed the most playoff points of any member of the team during the 1960s. He added four Stanley Cup rings to the four he had earned as a defenseman with Detroit.
Salming's move from Sweden to Canada in 1973 helped open the European talent tap to the NHL. The agile defenseman collected 768 points in his 16 years with the Leafs, fourth on the team's all-time list. He remains the club's all-time assist leader with 620.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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