On This Day December 17th.

December 17: On this day in 1967, former Leaf first round draft choce, 6th overall, Vincent Damphousse was born in Montreal, Quebec. Vinny played his first five NHL seasons as a Leaf between 1986 and 1991. In his last season in Toronto, he led the team with 73 points. He was traded to Edmonton and the next season he led the Oilers in team scoring. In August, 1992, Vincent was on the move again, this time to Montreal where he arrived just in time to win a Stanley Cup with the Habs after once again leading his team in scoring. Damphousse became the first player in NHL history to lead his team in scoring for three consecutive seasons with three different teams.

December 17: On this day in 1990, the Leafs traded Lou Franceschetti and Brian Curran to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Mike Foligno. In his first game as a Leaf, Foligno injured his knee but he came back to play 37 games in 1990-91. He broke his leg badly the following season and played just 33 games. Playing towards the end of his career, Foligno's numbers with the Leafs never approached the 40 and 30 goal seasons he enjoyed earlier with Detroit and Buffalo but he did manage to net 27 of his 355 career goals with Toronto. He suited up for 129 Leaf games until November of 1993 when he was traded to Florida for cash. Mike Foligno is the only Leaf player to ever wear sweater number 71.

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