On This Day December 10th.

December 10:  On this day in 1935, defenseman Reg Hamilton played the first of his 366 games as a Leaf through the 1944-45 season. In his 10 seasons with Toronto, Hamilton accumulated 97 points. He was a Cup-winner with Toronto in 1942 and 1945.

December 10:   On this day in 1969, the Leafs traded Wayne Carleton to the Boston Bruins for Jim Harrison. Both players played a couple more seasons in the NHL and then bolted for the rival WHA. Jim Harrison played center as a Leaf for 175 games between 1969 and 1972. He chipped in 39 goals and 47 assists. In 1976, the Leafs traded his NHL rights to Chicago for a draft pick. 

December 10:  On this day in 1969, Leaf goalie Johnny Bower played his final NHL game. It was the only game he started during the 1969-70 season and at the age of 45, Bower knew it was time to hang up his skates. The Leafs lost to the Habs that night 6-3. Bower's career record as a Leaf was 220-161-79. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1976.

December 10:  On this day in 2010, An upset fan threw waffles onto the ice. At the end of Toronto’s 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at the Air Canada Centre Thursday night, a fan sitting near the top of the platinum seats, in or around section 115, pulled some waffles out of bag and threw them onto the ice. The waffles were round — like Eggo waffles — and appeared to be uncooked, or at least unfrozen. There were several of them. (”I guess a pocketful?” estimated Armstrong.) Most landed near the blue line near the Flyers bench. One of them hit Leafs defenceman François Beauchemin. He was unharmed.

The NHL has a proud tradition of celebratory projectile — the octopus in Detroit, those plastic rats back in Florida for a time, hats. But waffles?

“I don’t know what this waffle business is all about,” said Nazem Kadri. “Did they bring ’em, or buy them at the concession?”

“Throw a T-bone. Spend some money. Throw a filet,” Armstrong said only half-joking.

“That’s a shocker,” Luke Schenn said. “If you’re bringing waffles to the game, maybe you have issues of your own.”

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