Dave Keon remembering Great times

Keon won the Stanley Cup in 1961-62-63-67

Punch Imlach once said,
"give me nine Dave Keons and I will win you a Stanley cup every year".

Team Picture
First Row: (left to right) George 'Punch' Imlach (GM and coach), George Armstrong, John Bassett (chairman of the board), C. Stafford Smythe (president), Harold E. Ballard (soon to be infamous owner), Bob Pulford, Frank 'King' Clancy (asst. manager/coach) Second Row: Johnny Bower, Dave Keon, Larry Hillman, Red Kelly, Frank Mahovlich, Tim Horton, Bob Baun, Terry Sawchuk Third Row: Ron Ellis, Marcel Pronovost, Peter Stemkowski, Allan Stanley, Eddie Shack, Larry Jeffery, Mike Walton Fourth Row: Bob Haggert (trainer), Milan Marcetta, Brian Conacher, Jim Pappin, Aut Erickson, Tom Naylor (assistant trainer)
Dave Keon and his wife with the Stanley Cup

Dave Keon drinking from the cup
Dave Keon and Marcel Pronovost preparing to drink from the cup

Dave Keon celebrating the cup with his family

Keon tops all-time Leafs

Bob 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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The Earl of Derby (Lord Stanley of Preston)

The Earl of Derby (Lord Stanley of Preston)

Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, 1st Baron Stanley of Preston, 16th Earl of Derby

Governor General: 1888 - 1893
Appointed: May 1, 1888
Sworn In: June 11, 1888
Born: January 15, 1841, London, England
Died: June 14, 1908

In 1893, Lord Stanley gave Canada a treasured national icon -- the Stanley Cup. He originally donated the trophy as an award for Canada's top-ranking amateur hockey club. Then in 1926, the National Hockey League adopted the Stanley Cup as the championship prize in professional hockey. That this now famous cup bears Lord Stanley's name is a fitting tribute to his encouragement and love of outdoor life and sport in Canada. In recognition of this, Lord Stanley was inducted into the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945 in the "Honoured Builders" category.

During his term as Governor General, Lord Stanley travelled often and widely throughout the country. His visit to western Canada in 1889 gave him a lasting appreciation of the region's great natural beauty as well as permitting him to meet the people of Canada's First Nations and many western ranchers and farmers. He also experienced the joys of fishing and avidly pursued the sport whenever his busy schedule allowed.

When the Prime Minister died in office of heart failure on June 6, 1891, Lord Stanley lost the close friendship he had enjoyed with Sir John A. Macdonald. Lord Stanley asked Sir John Abbott to take over as Prime Minister. Once the administration was in place, Sir Abbott resigned due to illness and turned the government over to Sir John Thompson.

Lord Stanley helped cement the non-political role of the Governor General when he refused to agree to a controversial motion in the House of Commons. The motion called on him as Governor General to oppose the Jesuit Estates Bill passed by the government of Quebec. The opposition to the bill was introduced by the other provinces who were motivated by mistrust of the Roman Catholic Church in Quebec. Lord Stanley declined to interfere, citing the proposed disallowal as unconstitutional. In holding to this decision, he gained popularity by refusing to compromise the vice-regal position of political neutrality.

Lady Stanley, whom Sir Wilfrid Laurier described as "an able and witty woman", made a lasting contribution during her husband's term of office. In 1891, she founded the "Lady Stanley Institute for Trained Nurses" on Rideau Street, the first nursing school in Ottawa. She was also an enthusiastic fan of hockey games on the Rideau Hall skating rink.

Life Before and After Rideau Hall

The son of the 14th Earl of Derby, a politician and British Prime Minister, Lord Stanley of Preston entered politics after having studied at Eton College and Sandhurst. He served briefly as an officer with the Grenadier Guards, but his family's prominent role in British politics soon called him to political life. He served as a Conservative member of parliament in the British House of Commons and a member of the cabinet. He married Lady Constance Villiers on May 31, 1864 and they had ten children.

Lord Stanley's term as Governor General of Canada was due to end in September 1893. However, in April of that year, his brother, the 15th Earl of Derby, died. Lord Stanley succeeded him as the 16th Earl of Derby. As a result, he left Canada on July 15, 1893 and returned to England. An Administrator was appointed to fulfil his duties until Lord Aberdeen was sworn in that September.

Back with his family in England, he soon became the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and the first chancellor of the University of Liverpool. During the last years of his life, he increasingly dedicated himself to philanthropic work. Lord Stanley died on June 14, 1908, and Lady Stanley died on April 17, 1922.

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