Monday, November 21, 2016

1988/89 Signed Maple Leafs Stick

Recently I picked up this stick at the Vancouver Flea Market for a fairly reasonable price. It's signed by members of the Maple Leafs 1988/89 squad. I wasn't necessarily in the market for a late-80's signed Leaf stick, but it was a price I couldn't pass up. It actually makes a nice foil for my signed Leafs 62/63 stick, a team that finished first place in the NHL and won the Stanley Cup. The 88/89 team, not so much.
Gary Leeman
Led by Eddie Olczyk's 90 points, Gary Leeman's 75 and Vinny Damphousse's 68 (who are all on this stick) the Buds finished with 62 points, only one ahead of last overall Quebec. Olczyk was in his second and best season with the Leafs. He would be traded to Winniped in 1990 for Mark Osborne, Dave Ellett and Paul Fenton. His 90 points in 88/89 ended up being his career high. This year proved to be Leeman's breakout season as the following season he would notch the second ever 50 goal campaign in franchise history with 51. Of course he'd be traded to Calgary a few years later in the trade that netted Toronto Doug Gilmour.
Daniel Marois
1988/89 was Daniel Marois' rookie season and he produced a respectable 31 goals and finished 6th in Calder voting.
Eddie Olczyk
Dave Reid
Checker extraordinaire, Dave Reid put up a plus/minus of +12 for Toronto in 88/89 over 77 games. Amazing on a team that scored the third least goals and gave up the fourth most.
Dan Daoust
Dan Daoust was n the midst of his second last NHL season and produced only 12 points in 68 games.
Brad Marsh
Steady Brad Marsh was the only Leaf defender to play more than 65 games in 88/89, playing in all 80. He also his ninth best scoring season with one goal (his tops was 3 in 84/85).
Allan Bester
Allan Bester had perhaps his best season in 88/89 going 17-20-3 for a team that was 18 games under .500 He also put up a 3.80 goals against average which put him 13th among NHL goalies who played at least 40 games.
Vincent Damphousse
Damphousse was in his third NHL season and would finally blossom the following year with 94 points.

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