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Throwback Thursday: 1964

In 1964 and for the 3rd consecutive season the Maple Leafs would find themselves in the Stanley Cup Final. And for the 2nd year in a row it would be against the same opponent, the Detroit Red Wings. With a roster full of future Hall of Famers, the Leafs, down 3 games to 2, faced a dramatic Game 6. With the game tied 3-3 in the 3rd period, Bob Baun suffered an ankle injury off a Gordie Howe slapshot. After being carted off the ice on a stretcher the game progressed to a sudden-death overtime without him. However, in courageous fashion Baun would not only return to the game but score the game-winner to force a Game 7 in Toronto.

Game 7 on April 25, 1964 at the Gardens would play out a little differently and a trade earlier in the season by Punch Imlach would prove successful. Andy Bathgate, acquired in a trade with the Rangers in February, would open the scoring in the first-period with his goal declared the game-winner as the Leafs blanked the Wings 4-0 to hoist the 1964 Stanley Cup.

Today’s throwback photo features Captain George Armstrong and Andy Bathgate drinking from the cup after their big win.
Armstrong and Bathgate with Cup

On Saturday, the Leafs will celebrate and recognize the 1964 Stanley Cup winning team with a ceremony at Air Canada Centre. Take a look at the ceremony for the 1963 team HERE.


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