On This Day January 29th.

Joe PrimeauJoe Primeau
January 29: On this day in 1906, Maple Leaf Hall-of-Fame centerman Joe Primeau was born in Lindsay Ontario. Primeau played center on Toronto's famed "Kid" line along with Charlie Conacher and Busher Jackson. His superb passing skills earned him record breaking assist numbers in the early 1930's, especially in 1931, '32 and '34 when he led the NHL in assists and twice finished second in the scoring race, just a few points behind either one of his linemates. Primeau played all of his rather short NHL playing career with the Leafs and retired young at age 30 to take care of his construction business. He won the Stanley Cup as a player with the Leafs in 1932 and then as a coach in 1951 when the Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens who were bench-bossed by Primeau's former coach in Toronto, Dick Irvin. Primeau was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1963. He passed away on May 14 of 1989.

Pat QuinnPat Brian Patrick Quinn
January 29: On this day in 1943, Pat Quinn was born in Hamilton, Ontario. Quinn was a Leaf defenseman for a couple of seasons between 1968 and 1970. He was lost to Vancouver in the Expansion Draft when the Canucks entered the NHL in 1970 and after a couple of seasons he was lost to the Atlanta Flames in the 1972 Expansion Draft when they became an NHL franchise. Quinn's greater successes came as a coach. In Philadelphia he guided the Flyers to a record 35 game undefeated streak in 1979-80. As head coach in Vancouver, he led the Canucks to Game 7 of the Finals in 1994, losing to the Rangers by one goal. As bench boss for the Leafs between 1998 and 2006, he led the team to three seasons of a team record 45 wins. In 7 seasons with the Leafs, Quinn and the team never posted a losing record and made it to the Conference Finals twice. His overall regular season record with the Leafs was W-300, L-214, O/T-60. Quinn won the Jack Adams award twice in his coaching career as the league's best coach, but he never won the big prize, the Stanley Cup.

January 29: On this day in 1946, Leaf defenseman Babe Pratt was suspended for life for gambling on NHL games by league President Red Dutton. After appealing, Bratt was reinstated just 16 days later and only missed 5 games. At the end of the season, the Leafs traded him to Boston where his NHL career ended after 31 games.
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