Per the Leafs’ Twitter the newest members of the Maple Leafs have settled on which number they will wear with the team.
NHL players are notoriously superstitious. Choosing a number can be a complex process. You have to avoid any retired or honored numbers and be conscious of which players wore the number before you. The Leafs are a franchise with a long and rich history. Here’s a look at some notable names who have worn each number and any baggage that could come along with them.
Tim Connolly: No. 12.
Tim will be the 41st Leaf to don the Number 12.
Notables include: Ace Bailey, Bruce Boudreau, Brandon Convery, Ted Kennedy, Mark Osborne, Rob Pearson, Steve Thomas, and Lee Stempniak.
Potential Curse: An uncontrollable urge to swear constantly and a permanent BBQ sauce stain on his chin.
Cody Franson: No. 22.
42 players have worn number 22 with the Blue and White.
Notables Include: Ken Baumgartner, Mike Bullard, Ken Klee, Igor Korolev, Michel Petit, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Luke Richardson, Rick Vaive, Glen Wesley, Dave (Tiger) Williams, Boyd Deveraux, and Francois Beauchemin.
Potential Curse: Suffering a career ending injury while riding his stick after a scoring a hat-trick to move the Leafs out of the draft lottery and having to host a moderately successful talk show during retirement.
John-Michael Liles: No. 24.
Liles will follow in the footsteps of 36 Leafs and wear number 24.
Notables Include: Drake Berehowsky, Dan Daoust, Vitezslav Duris, Bryan McCabe, Michel Petit, Joe Sacco, Terry Sawchuk, and Scott Thornton.
Potential Curse: Setting the single season record for Overtime own goals and promptly getting shipped to Florida.