3 Toronto Maple Leafs to Score 50 in a Single NHL Season
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3 Toronto Maple Leafs to Score 50 in a Single NHL Season

The Toronto Maple Leafs went through decades where the focus was on defense and not offense. Then, the Maple Leafs went through an era when they were simply awful. Despite being in the National Hockey League from the very beginning, the Maple Leafs have only had three different players score more than fifty goals in a single season.

The Toronto Maple Leafs were there for the National Hockey League’s inaugural season in 1917-18. Over an NHL history that is closing in on 100 years, Toronto has produced just three 50 goal scorers. A Toronto player has scored 50 or more goals in a single season on six occasions with two players accomplishing the milestone on multiple occasions.

Rick Vaive surpassed the 50 goal plateau in three consecutive seasons, 1981-82, 1982-83 and 1983-84. Considering how dismal the Maple Leafs were during that era, this was really quite an accomplishment. Vaive’s 54 goals in 1981-82 tie him with Dave Andreychuk for the team record for most goals in a single season. However, Vaive gets the nod as the Toronto Maple Leafs record holder because Andreychuk split the 1992-93 season with the Buffalo Sabres.

Vaive scored 52 in 1983-84 and 51 in 1982-83. In 1981-82, he finished fifth in the NHL. The following year, he was seventh and in 1983-84, he was back in the fifth position. Rick scored 441 NHL goals in a career that spanned from 1979-80 to 1991-92. He played with the Maple Leafs from 1979-80 to 1986-87. Vaive also appeared in the jerseys of the Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks and Buffalo Sabres. Rick’s scoring ability was evident early on when he scored 51 and 76 goals during his two seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Dave Andreychuk scored more than 50 twice as a Maple Leaf. As mentioned, he scored 54 in 1992-93, a season split between the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto. He scored 53 the following year. His performance in 1992-93 was good for ninth spot in the NHL. His 53 goals in 1993-94 placed him in fourth. Dave played for the Maple Leafs from 1992-93 to 1995-96.

Andreychuk played in the National Hockey League from 1982-83 to 2005-06, scoring 640 goals. His career goal total ranks him 14th in NHL history and makes him one of just 18 to score more than 600. In addition to playing for Toronto and Buffalo, Andreychuk also dressed for the New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning. Like Vaive, his goal scoring ability was apparent in junior hockey when he scored 58 goals with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League in 1981-82.

Gary Leeman’s 51 goal performance in 1989-90 was a flash in the pan. Over his 667 game NHL career, Leeman scored a quarter of his goals in that one season. Gary played from 1983-84 to 1996-97 with the Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues. His 51 goals in 1989-90 placed him seventh in the NHL.

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