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How many Canadian players on the Toronto Maple Leafs?

By Usha Shrestha / 21 May 2023 03:58 AM

The Toronto ice skaters on the rink in October 2018
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How many Canadian players on the Toronto Maple Leafs? Toronto Maple Leafs have 15 Canadian players on their roster.

Toronto Maple Leafs were founded in 1917 as the Toronto Arenas. The "Original Six" NHL team was renamed the Totonro St. Patricks before adopting its current name in 1927.

The Torono-based national hockey team is a member of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference. To date, the Leafs have won the Stanley Cup 13 times, lastly in 1966–67. They are the second-highest team with the cup in the whole league after the Montreal Canadiens.

The club uses blue and snowy colors for its uniform and has Carlton the Bear as the mascot. Moreover, the team jersey is one of the best-selling jerseys among hockey fans.

Some players with Canadian nationality are:

  • Connor Timmins
  • Wayne Simmonds
  • Luke Schenn
  • Matt Murray
  • Alexander Kerfoot
  • Mark Giordano
  • Michael Bunting
  • T.J Brodie

Toronto Maple Leafs roster with pictures 2023

Toronto Maple Leafs roster consists of Matt Murray, Ilya Samsorov, Victor Mete, and others. John Tavares, a forward player, is the captain.

Tavres was assigned as the leader of the team in 2019. On the other hand, Morgan Rielly, Jake Muzzin, Auston Matthews, and Mitch Marner are expected to take responsibility for the leader, in case he fails to enter the ice rink.

The Leafs greeting the opponent team the Lightning before the game started on April 30
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Toronto Maple Leafs Goalie

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie are Matt Murray, Matt Onuska, Ilya Samsonov, and Nick Chenard. Matt Murray, a Canadian native, was injured in the April Stanley Cup internal playoff. EBUG Alexander blocked the shots of the opponent's team in his place.

The Maple Leaf's goaltenders and their birthplace are:

  • Matt Murray (30), Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Matt Onuska, Waterloo, Ontario
  • Ilya Samsonov(35), Magnitogorsk, Russia
  • Nick Chenard, Tecumseh, Ontario

Emergency Goalie

Toronto Maple Leafs emergency goalie are Jett Alexander and Dennis Hildeby. Hildeby was recalled by the team after both of the club's netminders were wounded.

On the other hand, Alexander played on April 8, 2023, for the Leafs after Ilya Samsonove got hurt in the third period. He blocked the shots from the Canadiens in the last few minutes.

  • Jett Alexander, Prince Edward County
  • Dennis Hildeby, Jarfalla, Sweden

Toronto Maple Leafs Defenseman

Toronto Maple Leafs defensemen include TJ Brodie, Erik Gustafsson, Connor Timmins, and more.

The list of the defensemen and their positions is as follows:

Left Defenseman

  • Jordie Benn (18), Victoria, British Columbia
  • TJ Brodie(78), Chatham, Ontario
  • Carl Dahlstrom(48), Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mark Giordano(55), Toronto, Ontario
  • Erik Gustafsson(56), Nynashamn, Sweden
  • Filip Kral(82), Sternberk, Czechoslovakia
  • Morgan Rielly(44), Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jake Muzzin(8), Woodstock, Ontario
  • Victor Mete(98), Woodbridge, Ontario
  • Jake McCabe(22), Eau Claire, WI

Right Defenseman

  • Justin Holl(31), Shorewood, Minnesota
  • Mac Hollowell(81), Niagara Falls, Ontario
  • Timothy Liljegren(37), Kristianstad, Sweden
  • Connor Timmins(25), Thorold, Ontario
  • Luke Schenn(2), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Toronto Maple Leafs Wing

Toronto Maple Leafs wing consists of Kyle Clifford, Nicholas Robertson, Alex Stevees, and more.

Left Wing

  • Michael Bunting(58), Scarborough, Ontario
  • Orrin Centazzo, Mannville, AB
  • Kyle Clifford(43), Ayr, Ontario
  • Dylan Hunter, Quebec City, Quebec
  • Matthew Knies(23), Phoenix, Arizona
  • Nicholas Robertson(89),Arcadia, California

Right Wing

  • Mitchell Marner(16), Markham, Ontario
  • William Nylander(88), Calgary, Alberta
  • Wayne Simmonds(24), Scarborough, Ontario
  • Alex Steeves (46), Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Toronto Maple Leafs Center

Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares is also the club's leader. Tavares has been holding this responsibility since 2019.

In 2021–2022, center player Auston Mattews won the Ted Lindsay Award. The trophy is granted to the most valuable player for the season, chosen by the athletes.

  • Noel Acciari(52), Johnston, Rhode Island
  • Zach Aston-Reese(12), Staten Island, New York
  • Calle Jarnkrok (19), Gavle, Sweden
  • David Kampf(64), Chomutov, Czech Republic
  • Alexander Kerfoot(15), Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Sam Lafferty(28), Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Auston Mattews(34), San Ramon, California
  • Ryan O'Reilly(90), Clinton, Ontario
  • John Tavares(91), Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nolan Walker, Anchorage, AK

Toronto Maple Leafs Captain and Alternates

Toronto Maple Leafs captain is John Tavares. Their alternative captains are Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews, Jake Muzzin, and Morgan Rielly.

Tavres was appointed the team's leader on October 2, 2019. On the other hand, it is one of the teams with the most alternative leaders of four. Other franchises, like the Canucks, the Kraken, the Rangers, and the Stars, also have the same number.

John Tavares

John Tavares was handed the captaincy in October 2019 as the 25th leader in the history of the Leafs. Tavares was acquired by the Leafs in July 2018.

He rejected the Sharks' offer of $91 million to play for his hometown team. The Toronto Maple Leafs signed him to a seven-year contract worth $77 million.

Tavares with gym attire with Sam Gagner on his left
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The Mississauga native started playing in a major league in the Ontario Hockey League at age 14. Later, the Islanders picked him in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He remained on the team as captain for five seasons out of nine in total.

After joining the Leafs in 2018, the 32-year-old debuted in the NHL with the Canadiens as his opponent. In his first match, he scored his debut goal in a 3-2 overtime win. A few days later, he made his first hat trick for his current club.

The First NHL All-Star team of 2015 has scored 427 goals and 548 assists in 14 NHL seasons.

Toronto Maple Leafs Alternate Captain

Mitch Marner, Auston Mattews, Jake Muzzin, and Morgan Rielly are assigned to cover the leader's responsibility, in case he fails to enter the rink for any reason.

Marner was cited as the alternate in the 2019–2020 season, the same as Auston Matthews. Similarly, Muzzin is the latest pick, while Rielly was selected in the 2016–2017 seasons.

Jake Muzzin attempting to score in the ice rink
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Morgan, the Canadian athlete, joined the NHL in 2012 as the Leafs' first-round draft pick. He plays left defense. Another athlete in the same position, Muzzin, signed with the Kings in 2010 as a free agent.

San Ramon native Matthews is the first player to score three plus-one goals in the history of a modern ice skater's debut match in the NHL. To date, he has scored 299 goals for the Leafs with 243 assists.

Likewise, the last alternate leader, Marner, was acquired by the Leafs in the 2015 Entry Draft. A fan of the team since childhood played seven seasons with the Leafs and scored 168 goals.

Toronto Maple Leafs Coach and General Manager

Toronto Maple Leafs coach is Sheldon Keefe. Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas has been with the team since May 2018.

Keefe was recruited as the 40th head mentor of the team on November 20, 2019, after Mike Babcock. He became the youngest head mentor among the 32 teams in the NHL. Likewise, Dubas is the 17th general manager of the NHL franchise.

Sheldon Keefe

Sheldon started his coaching career in 2006 and ended up being the head mentor of the Toronto Maples in 2019. Before that, he played in the AHL.

The 42-year-old's debut coaching team is the Pembroke Lumber Kings, a junior hockey team that he bought in 2003. He wouldn't have thought of being a coach unless he faced a knee injury in 2004.

Sheldon Keefe, the Brampton native used to play as right wing
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In December 2012, he continued his position with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, followed by the Toronto Marlies in 2015.

Before he retired from his playing career in 2004, the Brampton native played in the American Hockey League with the Utah Grizzlies. The Tampa Bay Lightning was the last team he played for in the NHL in 2003.

The Lightning recruited him for the team in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He previously played in the Ontario Hockey League for three seasons. In his NHL playing career, the athlete scored 12 goals and 12 assists in three seasons.

Kyle Dubas

Kyle Dubas was appointed general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs on May 11, 2018.

Dubas belongs to Sault Ste. Marie. He was born on November 29, 1985. His father was a police officer and an intern for the junior ice hockey team, the Sault Ste.Marie Greyhounds.

Not only that, his grandfather, Walter Dubas, was the coach until 1967. Looking at the parents, Dubas was addicted to ice hockey. Unfortunately, he stopped playing at the age of 14 due to constipation.

Kyle Dubas on a casual attire, including a t-shirt imprinted
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Yet that didn't lessen his passion for sports. He enrolled at Brock University, where he chose sports management as his major subject. Right after graduation, the 37-year-old hockey executive started his career as a sports agent.

Dubas was the youngest among the sports agents at the time. Later in 2011, he became the GM of his hometown junior team.

After associating with the Greyhounds for four years, he joined the Leafs in July 2014. At the time, he was hired as an assistant general manager.

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