February 19, 1964 |
Toronto, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs
St. Louis Blues
St. Catharines Saints
|NHL Draft||24th overall, 1982
Toronto Maple Leafs
Gary Spencer Leeman (born February 19, 1964) is a former professional ice hockey player in the NHL. He is best known for being the second Toronto Maple Leaf player ever to score 50 goals or more in a single NHL season (Rick Vaive being the first in 1981-82).
He attended Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan and was a standout defenceman for two seasons with the WHL's Regina Pats where he was voted the league's Top Defenceman and a First Team All-Star.
Leeman converted to a winger in the National Hockey League. He was best known as a speedy and gritty scoring machine and he had a 50 goal season to his credit for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He formed the "Hound Line" along with Wendel Clark and Russ Courtnall while helping the Leafs come within a game of the semi-finals. Starting in 1986–87, Gary was a top goal scorer with Toronto and had four straight 20 goal seasons.
After nearly nine seasons in Toronto, Leeman needed a change of scenery and was the key player sent to the Calgary Flames in the blockbuster trade that brought Doug Gilmour to Toronto. To date, the 10 player deal is the largest in NHL history and, looking back, is seen as lopsided in favour of Toronto.
As well as the Leafs, Leeman also played for the Flames, Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks and the St. Louis Blues. He won a Stanley Cup in Montreal in 1993. He played 667 regular season games in the NHL, scoring 199 goals and 267 assists for 466 points.
Awards and achievements
|1982–83||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||—||—||—||—||—||2||0||0||0||0|
|1983–84||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||52||4||8||12||31||—||—||—||—||—|
|1984–85||St. Catharines Saints||AHL||7||2||2||4||11||—||—||—||—||—|
|1984–85||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||53||5||26||31||72||—||—||—||—||—|
|1985–86||St. Catharines Saints||AHL||25||15||13||28||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|1985–86||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||53||9||23||32||20||10||2||10||12||2|
|1986–87||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||80||21||31||52||66||5||0||1||1||14|
|1987–88||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||80||30||31||61||62||2||2||0||2||2|
|1988–89||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||61||32||43||75||66||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989–90||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||80||51||44||95||63||5||3||3||6||16|
|1990–91||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||52||17||12||29||39||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||34||7||13||20||44||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||St. Louis Blues||NHL||2||0||1||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
- Associated Press (January 3, 1992). "Flames, Toronto swap 10 players". Eugene Register-Guard. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
- Wilson, Kent (February 8, 2011). "WORST TRADES IN FLAMES HISTORY". Retrieved 12 August 2013.
- Selley, Chris (April 4, 2008). "On second thought...". Maclean's. Retrieved 12 August 2013.