It means a lot to have played for the Maple Leafs. Growing up in Toronto, I played minor hockey with C.B. Parsons (Junior High School) and we won the North York Public School championship. I went to high school at Bathurst Heights and we beat a team from Sudbury for the All-Ontario championship, so I was going along pretty nice. I can remember coming home one day after talking to one of the scouts. I signed a C-Form, and with the signing came a hundred-dollar cheque. I was talking to my dad and I said, ‘Oh, by the way, I’ve got a hundred dollars in my pocket.’ And he said, ‘What! Where’d you get that?’ ‘Oh,’ I said. ‘I signed some kind of a form with the Toronto Maple Leafs that says they own me.’ And I said, ‘That’s alright with me. I don’t want to play with any other team, so why not take the hundred and enjoy it?’ My dad was probably making about fifty bucks a week at the time, so it was kind of a neat thing to do.
Bob Nevin, Player, 1957-1964
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