Dave gets his number retired!! Sunday December '14', 2008
Dave Keon will be in attendance this Sunday December 14, 2008 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga where we (St. Mike’s Majors) will retire his #9 jersey. Check our website at www.stmichaelsmajors.com for more.
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FRIDAY DEC.12 .vs. Niagara IceDogs @ 7:30 pm
DAVE KEON DAY-Sunday December 14 @ 2:00 pm
Keon tops all-time LeafsBob Duff, Windsor Star
Published: Monday, November 05, 2007
It's meant as a celebration of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but in its execution, the process of selecting the top 100 players in franchise history became a damning indictment of the franchise.
Among the top 10 in the rankings, only two of them launched their careers as recently as the 1970s. You have to go all the way down to No. 12 to find a current Leaf, captain Mats Sundin.
While it pains author Mike Leonetti, the man behind Maple Leafs Top 100: Toronto's Greatest Players of All Time, he recognizes the glare of the obvious.
"If you look at the history of the Maple Leafs, you can clearly and easily divide it into two halves," Leonetti said. "The first 40 years were excellent - 11 Stanley Cups, 19 appearances in the final. That's almost one Stanley Cup final appearance every other year.
"The next 40 years, there have been no appearances in the Cup final and with the exception of perhaps five or 10 years, it's been pretty much a disaster."
Leonetti, who handled the writing of the 100 biographies of the legendary Leafs along with longtime Leafs beat writer John Iaboni, put together an expert panel of 12 veteran Leafs watchers to determine the list, utilizing Leafs followers from the newspaper (Lance Hornby, Frank Orr, Milt Dunnell), radio (Howard Berger, Doug Farraway) and television (Joe Bowen, Paul Hendrick, Mark Askin, Frank Selke, Harry Neale, Paul Patskou, Bill Watters) business and admits he was a little bit surprised at the player who topped the list, former Leafs captain Dave Keon.
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Having said that, he was quite appreciative of the warm greeting he received from the cheering throng.
"It was very nice," he said. "People have always been nice to me. I get letters all the time from people who wanted me to come back.
"John (Ferguson) did a nice job of bringing the entire team together."
Surrounded by a swarm of about 40 reporters, Keon added that young Matt Stajan should not be criticized for wearing his familiar No. 14.
"It's unfair (for him to get heat over it)," Keon said. "He shouldn't have to worry about that."
In the end, the ceremony lacked just two things -- the Stanley Cup and louder fans.
Since the Cup rests just two blocks away from the Air Canada Centre at the Hockey Hall of Fame, why could it not be on hand? After all, these players were the last Leafs to have their names engraved on it.
As for the crowd, the applause, while polite, lacked the deafening volume often associated in similar functions like those held in Montreal.
"Montreal has me back every year as part of their alumni," Senator Frank Mahovlich said. "They always honour their great heroes. It's nice to see Toronto doing this for us now, too."
The final word went to Ron Ellis, who made a prediction many fans will hold him to.
"People in Toronto are so loyal to the Leafs," he said. "Well, take it from me, this team will win another Cup. It'll be tough. But when it happens, look out!"
Although this petition failed to change Mr. Keon's mind you can still sign it and state how you feel about Dave. But do not be misled, Dave is not coming back to be honoured no matter how we the fans want it to happen.