On This Day March 5th.

March 5: On this day in 1910, Bill Thoms was born in Newmarket, Ontario. Thoms was known for his excellent forechecking ability to match his speed and skill. In his first season with the Leafs in 1932-33, he scored 3 goals in 29 games. He followed that up with 8 goals and then 9 in the next two seasons. Then, suddenly his goal prduction exploded to 23 markers in 48 games in 1935-36. It tied him for the league lead with teammate Charlie Conacher and assured him of all-time recognition in Leaf history.

March 5: On this day in 2003, the Leafs gave up a significant chunk of their future in order to land Owen Nolan in Toronto. The native of Belfast, Ireland came to the Leafs from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Alyn McCauley, Brad Boyes and Toronto's 1st round choice in 2003. Nolan finished the regular season strongly with 12 points in 14 games, but fizzled in the playoffs and failed to score as the Leafs were eliminated in the first round in 7 games by the Philadelphia Flyers. After 65 games the following season, Nolan suffered a season ending knee injury. Nolan's short tenure in Toronto was over.
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