The Toronto Maple Leafs

Overview

A complete history of the Toronto Maple Leafs, as told by the players, coaches, and reporters.

On December 19, 1917, the Toronto Arenas took to the ice for the first NHL game ever played. Over the next hundred years, the franchise changed names twice, home rinks twice, and won thirteen Stanley Cups on its way to becoming one of the most successful and storied franchises in NHL history.

The Toronto Maple Leafs: The Complete Oral History gives the most comprehensive record of the team from its formation to present day. With first-hand accounts of some of the biggest names to ever play the game — Syl Apps, Darryl Sittler, Mats Sundin — as well as coaches, managers, and commentators, Eric Zweig gives readers the full insider history of Canada’s most iconic team.

Reviews

A standout hockey book of Leaf fortunes and foibles with a twist. Zweig calls on numerous chroniclers of Leaf history to make this one hum. Leaf Nation will love it.

Brian McFarlane, bestselling author and former broadcaster

… I am so delighted that my distant journalistic pal, Eric Zweig, has produced this magnificent, insightful, and all-encompassing oral history of the Leafs I so much loved. To put it simply — and historically — the moment I began turning these pages, I felt precisely the same thrill as when I heard Foster Hewitt shriek He Shoots! He Scores!! on a big Don Metz goal in that classic 1942 playoff comeback.
Eric Zweig wrote — and he scored!

Stan Fischler, hockey historian, broadcaster, and author

About the Author

Eric Zweig

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
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Eric Zweig

Eric Zweig is a managing editor with Dan Diamond & Associates, the producers of the annual National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book since 1984. Eric's books include Twenty Greatest Hockey Goals, Fever Season, and Art Ross: The Hockey Legend Who Built the Bruins. He lives in Owen Sound, Ontario.