The Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team I wanted to play for, for many reasons. My father had played in the Maple Leafs organization with the Toronto Marlboros. But the Maple Leafs were Canada’s team on the English-speaking side. So that was the team I wanted to play for. Once I got here, I hoped to one day be able to raise the (Stanley) Cup, and I was fortunate enough to have that happen. After that, my mind went to, “Boy, I’d like to play my whole career here. That’d be something to be proud of.” I was very fortunate that it turned out that way. To get over a thousand games with the Leafs – that’s tying up your skates a good number of times! And to pull on the blue and white jersey was always something special. I look back at my years with the Leafs very fondly. I’ve been very blessed. It’s a part of my life that is very important, very enjoyable, very exciting. I was able to achieve a lot of personal goals. They were very special years and very special times.
Ron Ellis, Player, 1964-1981
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