Monday, May 20, 2013

Headline: May 20, 1971

In addition to winning four Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Bobby Baun added another piece of silverware to his collection in the spring of 1971.

For his outstanding work during the 1970-71 campaign, Baun was selected by club directors to receive the J.P. Memorial Cup. This in-house award was created to honour Bickell, who played an important part in the formation of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Maple Leaf Gardens.

Bobby Baun returned to his first NHL home on November 13, 1970, in a trade between Toronto and St. Louis. The Leafs sent Brit Selby to St. Louis in exchange for their former defenceman. Baun left the Leafs in the 1967 expansion draft and he became an original member of the California Seals.

Upon returning to the Maple Leaf  fold, Baun's contributions on the blue line enabled Toronto to break-out of an early season slump and work their way to a playoff spot.

"In naming Baun the winner, it was stressed he always exemplified the image of what Maple Leaf players should be," noted a newspaper report.

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