On This Day February 9th.

Bert CorbeauBert Corbeau
February 9: On this day in 1894, Bert Corbeau was born in Penetanuishene, Ontario. Corbeau was an original NHL'er when he played for the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL's inaugural season of 1917-18. He became a Toronto St. Pat defenseman in 1923 and played with Toronto through 1927, thus making him the first player in NHL history to play for both the Canadiens and the Maple Leafs. Corbeau led the league in penalty minutes three times during the 1920's including twice with Toronto. In 41 games with the Leafs, Corbeau had a goal and three points in his last NHL season. He was tragically killed in 1942 with 20 other men in a boating accident.

Bert CorbeauGeorde Armstrong
February 9: On this day in 1952, Leafs rookie George Armstrong scored the first goal of his NHL career. It came in a 3-2 win over the Canadiens in Toronto. Armstrong was named as captain of the Leafs to start the 1957-58 season and was called by Conn Smythe "the best captain, as a captain, the Leafs have ever had." Smythe later honoured his captain by naming one of his horses Big Chief Army, something Smythe had done on only two other occasions for Charlie Conacher and Jean Beliveau. Armstrong played his entire 21 season career with the Leafs, (a team record) and scored his last NHL goal during the 1970-71 season.

Bert CorbeauDarcy Tucker
February 9: On this day in 2000, Pat Quinn made what probably became the best trade in his tenure as Leafs General Manager. The Leafs sent Mike Johnson and Marek Posmyk to Tampa Bay in exchange for Darcy Tucker. There were also some insignificant draft picks included. Tucker emerged as a multi-dimensional contributor with leadership qualities for the Leafs.
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