On This Day August 9th.

August 9: On this day in 1918, Rys Thomson was born in Toronto, Ontario. The Leafs obtained him in the special dispersal draft of the Brooklyn Americans who disbanded after the 1942 season. Thomson played 18 games on defense for his home town Leafs during the 1942-43 season before enlisting for military service in 1944.

August 9: On this day in 1930, Larry Regan was born in North Bay, Ontario. Even though Regan won the Calder trophy as rookie of the year with the Bruins in 1957, the Leafs were able to claim him on waivers a couple of years later. He played 116 games with the Leafs between 1959 and 1961, recording 53 points. He later went on to become the first ever General Manager of the Los Angeles Kings.

August 9: On this day in 1979, the Leafs drafted center Laurie Boschman in the first round, 9th overall. Boschman got off to a fine rookie start with the Leafs, but in his second season, he fell sick with mononucleosis. He was hurried back too soon and couldn't keep up. Leaf owner, Harold Ballard blamed Boschman's downfall on his born-again Christianity. He was soon traded away and ended up in Winnipeg where he enjoyed a long solid NHL career.

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