On This Day January 5th.

Corb Charles Denneny
January 5: On this day in 1918, the Toronto Arenas were given a default victory by the NHL over the Montreal Wanderers whose home rink had burnt down a few days earlier. The Wanderers withdrew from the NHL, leaving just three teams to complete the season. To ensure the victory, Toronto took the legal precaution of dressing a team. They sent six unopposed players onto the ice. The referee dropped the puck and centerman Corb Denneny scored a goal for the Arenas into an empty net. The official score was 1-0.

1917/18 Stanley Cup Champions Toronto Arenas

January 5:  On this day in 1963, Kevin Maguire was born in Toronto, Ontario. Kevin Maguire's route to the NHL was somewhat unconventional compared to most skaters. He never played organized hockey through most of his teens. But, he developed enough skill in a short time to make a Tier II junior club called the Orillia Travelways. It was there that he got a real push to apply himself to the game. He did, and the results paid off. Maguire had two stints as a Leaf player in 1986-87 and then again from 1990-92 when he was re-acquired by the Leafs. Maguire had 15 career points as a Leaf. After the 1991-92 season, he retired to become an NHL referee.

Mats Sundin
January 5:  On this day in 2008, Leafs captain Mats Sundin became just the 5th player in NHL history to score 20 or more goals in 17 consecutive seasons. His 2nd goal of the evening and his 20th of the season came in game 42, a 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Sundin fired 8 of the whopping total of 56 shots on goal for the Leafs. The milestone put Sundin in the company of all-time great players - Gordie Howe, Brendan Shanahan, Marcel Dionne and Brett Hull.
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