February 19, 1964|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs|
St. Louis Blues
24th overall, 1982|
Toronto Maple Leafs
Gary Spencer Leeman (born February 19, 1964) is a Canadian 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).
Leeman played for the Notre Dame Hounds Junior A team 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 NHL. He was best known as a speedy, gritty scoring machine and had a 50-goal season to his credit for the 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, Leeman 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 ten-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||—||—||—||—||—|
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