That was, by Conn Smythe’s own count, the number of times the odds were against him ever returning from war.
The man who founded the Maple Leafs fought in both World Wars and saw unspeakable carnage first-hand.
In World War I he fell into command when his superior was killed by mortar shell. It fell to him to move the battery’s 12 horse-pulled guns through heavy shelling. Many of the animals dropped dead when freed from their harnesses.
He collected guns and ammunition from dead comrades. At Vimy he charged into a ...