Friday, November 19, 2010

Centre of Attention

So the Toronto Maple Leafs of 2010-11 are having trouble at the centre-ice position. Many are of the opinion that the club is lacking a number one centre. As a result, Phil Kessel is suffering by not having a creative set-up man.

November 1947

Well, the Maple Leafs of 1947-48 certainly didn't have a similar problem. A trade on November 2, 1947 provided Toronto with strength up the middle that hasn't been matched since. The acquisition of Max Bentley from Chicago provided coach Hap Day with a trio that any team would die for - Bentley, Syl Apps, and Ted Kennedy.

In addition to Bentley, Cy Thomas came to the Leafs. Off to Chicago were Gus Bodnar, Ernie Dickens, Bob Goldham, Bud Poile, and Gaye Stewart.

Max Bentley was one of the most talented stick handlers to play in the NHL. His nickname says it all - "The Dipsy-doodle Dandy from Delisle".

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