On This Day June 14th.

June 14: On this day in 1895, Jack Adams was born in Fort William, Ontario. Jack Adams played his first NHL game with the Toronto Arenas in February of 1918 and went on to win the first Stanley Cup to be presented in the NHL. He also spent four seasons with the Toronto St. Pats in the 1920's before the team became the Maple Leafs. Adams went on to be the coach and General Manager of the Detroit Red Wings for many years and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1959.

June 14: On this day in 1929, Johnny Wilson was born in Kincardine, Ontario. Wilson won 4 Stanley Cups as part of the Detroit Red Wings dynasty of the early 1950's. He was acquired by trade in June of 1959 by the Leafs and played 73 games for Toronto over the next two seasons. As a Leaf left winger, Wilson tallied 15 goals and 17 assists.

June 14: On this day in 1977, the Leafs selected defenseman Trevor Johansen as their 2nd choice, 12th overall in the Amateur Draft. He was in the starting lineup for the Leafs on October 13, 1977 and enjoyed a solid rookie season. Midway through the next season, Johansen was traded to Colorado. In February of 1982, he was reacquired by the Leafs on waivers from the L.A. Kings. He returned to Toronto wearing braces on both knees and was unable to turn in both directions on the ice. His NHL days were over after 13 more games as a Maple Leaf where his promising NHL career had begun.

June 14: On this day in 1978, the Leafs traded their former 1st choice, 30th overall from 1976, defenseman Randy Carlyle along with George Ferguson to Pittsburgh for Dave Burrows. It turned out to be a very unfavourable trade for the Leafs. In Pittsburgh, Randy Carlyle's career took off and George Ferguson went on to score 20+ goals for 4 straight seasons. Dave Burrows played 151 games as a Leaf over 3 seasons with a less than memorable contribution. He was traded back to Pittsburgh in 1980.

Dion Phaneuf Dion Phaneuf was unveiled to the media Monday in front of former captains George Armstrong, Darryl Sittler and Wendel Clark at the new Real Sports Bar and Grill at Maple Leafs Square.
June 14: On this day in 2010, The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Dion Phaneuf as their new captain. Toronto hasn't had a captain since Mats Sundin left the team in the summer of 2008. Phaneuf becomes the 18th captain of the Maple Leafs and the 22nd in the history of the Toronto franchise. "As soon as he came in he had a major impact on our room," Wilson said. "I think it was obvious to everybody." Burke said he liked how Phaneuf would 'bark' at guys on the ice and give them encouragement or instruction.

"We had such a quiet group and the first day Dion got here, there was a dramatic difference," Burke said. "Because once one guy starts talking, then other guys start talking. I think it made a huge difference in how we played and practised." Burke also said he became sure he had found his guy when Phaneuf fought New Jersey defenceman Colin White 30 seconds into his first shift as a Leaf.

“It’s a huge honour. It’s a very special day for me to be given this huge honour and I am really excited about the opportunity,” Phaneuf said.

“I’m definitely not going to change. I’m a vocal guy, who isn't going to change. I take pride in working hard and that’s not going to change.”

“I am going to do everything in my power to help lead our team to win a championship.”

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