On This Day January 9th.

Harry "Hap" Holmes
January 9:  On this day in 1918, goaltender Harry "Hap" Holmes played his first game as a member of the Toronto Arenas, on loan to Toronto from Seattle. Toronto defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6-4. Holmes played in all of Toronto's remaining games that season and posted a record of 10-6-0. He played two games the following season with Toronto before being reclaimed by Seattle. Harry Holmes backstopped the Arenas to the first Stanley Cup victory in NHL history in 1918. He was posthumously elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972. 

Jim Stewart Hunter Morrison
January 9:  On this day in 1952, the Leafs acquired defenseman Jim Morrison from Boston, sending Fleming MacKell to the Bruins. Morrison was with the Leafs from 1952 through 1958, a rather dark period in Leaf history when the Leafs won only 2 playoff games in 7 years. Although Morrison played 399 regular season games with the Leafs, his playoff contribution for Toronto was just 1 assist in 16 games. His partners on the blueline during that time included Fern Flamen, Jim Thomson, and Tim Horton. Jim Morrison recently retired from the Boston Bruins scouting staff following eighteen years of service.

Bruce Allan Boudreau
January 9:  On this day in 1955, Bruce Boudreau was born in Toronto, Ontario. Boudreau played 134 games for the Leafs between 1976-77 and 1981-82 exclusively as a farmhand or injury replacement. That may explain why he wore a team record six different sweater numbers with the Leafs (#12, 19, 35, 11, 17, 28) in that period of time. As a Leaf, Boudreau contributed 27 goals and 42 assists as well as 2 playoff goals. He was named head coach of the Washington Capitals in 2007.

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