On This Day October 20th.

October 20: On this day in 1946, ex-Maple Leaf Garry Monahan was born in Barrie, Ontario. Monahan has the distinction of being the first ever player to be drafted in the NHL Entry Draft when he was selected first overall by Montreal in 1963. He joined the Leafs for the 1970-71 season and played four consecutive seasons without missing a game. His first stint with the Leafs lasted until he was traded after just one game in October of 1974. He returned to Toronto and played one more complete season in 1978-79. In 375 games as a Leaf, Monahan collected 55 goals and 80 assists. 

October 20: On this day in 1971, Leaf Paul Henderson was granted a penalty shot but was unsuccessful against Roger Crozier and the Buffalo Sabres. Exactly two years later to the day, Henderson was again granted a penalty shot, this time against goalie Gilles Villemure and the New York Rangers. Again, Henderson was unsuccessful.

October 20: On this day in 1972, Leaf president Harold Ballard was sentenced to two concurrent three-year sentences for theft and fraud of money, goods and services stolen from Maple Leaf Gardens. He only served one year and was released on parole, returning to run Maple Leaf Gardens and the Leafs.

October 20: On this day in 1999, the Leafs traded six time 20+ goal scorer Derek King to the St. Louis Blues for Tyler Harlton. King played only 19 games in St. Louis while Harlton never played a game in the NHL. Derek King was the last Maple Leaf to score a goal at Maple Leaf Gardens.

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