|Hockey Hall of Fame, 1961|
January 18, 1915|
Paris, ON, CAN
|Died||December 24, 1998
Kingston, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Played for||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|British Empire Games|
|Gold||1934 London||Pole vault|
Charles Joseph Sylvanus Apps, CM (January 18, 1915 – December 24, 1998) of Paris, Ontario, was a Canadian pole vaulter and professional hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1936 to 1948 and a Conservative Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario.
Apps was a strong athlete, six feet tall, weighing 185 pounds, and won the gold medal at the 1934 British Empire Games in the pole vault competition. Two years later he represented Canada at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany, where he placed sixth in the pole vault event. After watching him play football at McMaster University, Conn Smythe signed Apps to play hockey with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Apps played centre position with the Toronto Maple Leafs for his entire professional hockey career. His jersey number was 10. He was the winner of the first Calder Trophy in 1937, and the 1942 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. Apps served as the Maple Leafs captain during the first National Hockey League All-Star Game October 13, 1947, at Maple Leaf Gardens. He also played for an all-star team competing in Montreal on October 29, 1939, to raise money for Babe Siebert's family.
Apps was in the prime of his career when he joined the Canadian Army during World War II at the end of the 1943 season. He served two years until the war was over, whereupon he returned to captain the Leafs, winning 2 more Stanley Cups in 1947 and 1948.
Apps retired from the NHL at the age of 33 and took a marketing job with the Simpson's department store. At the same time, he also served as the Ontario Athletic Commissioner.
While still playing hockey, Apps ran for parliament in the 1940 federal election. He was a candidate in the riding of Brant for the National Government Party but lost to incumbent George Ernest Wood of the Liberals by 138 votes.
Apps was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1963 to 1975. He represented the riding of Kingston from 1963 to 1967 and Kingston and the Islands from 1967 to 1975. He served as the Minister of Correctional Services from 1971 to 1974.
On the morning of December 24, 1998, Apps was struck with a heart attack while lying down on his bed. He was rushed to the Kingston General Hospital, but died in the ambulance just before it reached the hospital. Apps was buried in Mountview Cemetery in Cambridge, Ontario. After his death, the Maple Leafs honoured his jersey number and George Armstrong's number, who both wore the number 10. Their numbers were not retired, as the Maple Leafs have a policy of only retiring numbers for players "who have made a significant contribution to the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club and have experienced a career-ending incident while a member of the Maple Leaf team".
Several institutions are named for him, including the Syl and Molly Apps Research Centre in Kingston, Ontario, and the Syl Apps Youth Centre in Oakville, Ontario. The sports arena in his home town of Paris is named the Syl Apps Community Centre.
His son Syl Apps, Jr. also played in the NHL. His granddaughter Gillian Apps won the Gold medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics, the 2010 Winter Olympics, and the 2014 Winter Olympics for Canada's Women's Ice Hockey Team, and his grandson Syl Apps III was a college hockey star at Princeton University and played four years in the minor leagues. His grandson Darren Barber won a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in the Men's 8 in rowing.
NHL awards and achievements
- Calder Memorial Trophy winner in 1937.
- Selected to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 1938, 1941, and 1943.
- Selected to the NHL First All-Star Team in 1939, and 1942.
- Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner in 1942.
- Stanley Cup champion in 1942, 1947, and 1948.
- Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961.
- Inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1975.
- In 1998, he was ranked number 33 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.
|1936–37||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||48||16||29||45||10||2||0||1||1||0|
|1937–38||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||47||21||29||50||9||7||1||4||5||0|
|1938–39||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||44||15||25||40||4||10||2||6||8||2|
|1939–40||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||27||13||17||30||5||10||5||2||7||2|
|1940–41||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||41||20||24||44||6||5||3||2||5||2|
|1941–42||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||38||18||23||41||0||13||5||9||14||2|
|1942–43||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||29||23||17||40||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1945–46||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||40||24||16||40||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1946–47||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||54||25||24||49||6||11||5||1||6||0|
|1947–48||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||55||26||27||53||12||9||4||4||8||0|
- Cole, Stephen (2006). The Canadian Hockey Atlas. Doubleday Canada. ISBN 978-0-385-66093-8.
- Syl Apps's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Syl Apps's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Ontario Legislative Assembly Parliamentarian History
|Toronto Maple Leafs captain
|Toronto Maple Leafs captain
Rookie of the Year
|Winner of the Calder Trophy
|Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
|Legislative Assembly of Ontario|
William McAdam Nickle
|MPP for Kingston
|MPP for Kingston and the Islands