On This Day November 23rd.

November 23: On this day in 1944, Toronto dresses only 11 players and lose 5-1 to Boston.

November 23: On this day in 1961, original Maple Leaf owner Conn Smythe stepped down as majority owner of the Leafs and Maple Leaf Gardens, selling 50,000 shares to his son Stafford, Harold Ballard and John Basset, thereby giving the trio 60 per cent of voting rights and control.

November 23: On this day in 1961, Red kelly gets his first hat trick as a Toronto Maple Leaf in a 5-2 win over Chicago.

November 23: On this day in 1971, former Leaf enforcer John Craighead was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. Craighead played five games with the Leafs during the 1996-97 season without a point, but he did record 10 minutes in penalties. As an early birthday gift, Craighead got to play his first NHL game on November 21, 1996. 

November 23: On this day in 1983, Toronto's Dale McCourt had one of his best games in his one season with the Leafs. He scored a goal and added three assists as the Leafs beat the North Stars 6-4 at Minnesota. He had signed with the Leafs as a free agent at the beginning of the season. McCourt's NHL career of 7 seasons came to and end as a Leaf on April 1, 1984. With Toronto, he scored 19 goals and added 24 assists but was a minus-16 on a dismal Leafs team that failed to make the playoffs.

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