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Walt McKechnie–Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club: Official Centennial Publication

walt mckechnieI grew up in London, Ontario, dreaming about being a Toronto Maple Leaf. I was very fortunate that my dreams came true. Jim Gregory traded for me (in 1978). It was one of the proudest moments of my life because my mother raised me and she was so darned proud when I became a Toronto Maple Leaf. She worked in a factory back in London and all the guys in the factory used to tease her. I’m very proud of having been a Maple Leaf. It is one of the greatest things that ever happened to me, and once you’re a Leaf, you’re always a Leaf.

Walt McKechnie, Player, 1978-1980

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Kevin Shea

The author Kevin Shea

Kevin Shea is a hockey archaeologist – digging through the past to find treasures. Hockey is more than a simple passion to Kevin – it's his life. Shea is the award-winning author of 12 hockey books, is the Editor of Publications and Online Features for the Hockey Hall of Fame and he teaches hockey history courses at a Toronto college.

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