You can view the history of the Toronto Maple Leafs in two distinct periods — before Harold Ballard and after Harold Ballard.
Before the Leafs were owned by Ballard, they won 13 Stanley Cups in a half-century. But, since he took full control of the organization, they’ve won nothing. Central in the Ballard-led implosion of the Leafs was Punch Imlach.
Imlach had two tenures with the organization. First, he was the team’s head coach and general manager from 1958-59 to 1968-69, in which he led the Leafs to four Stanley Cups. His success at that time resulted in him being the winningest coach in Leafs history and helped him get inducted to the Hall of Fame as a builder.
And there’s also his second go-around with the Leafs, which didn’t go quite so well. In July of 1979, Imlach returned to the Leafs after spending the 1970s building the Buffalo Sabres. Imlach was brought in to be the right-hand man of his longtime friend, Ballard. Right off the hop, Imlach noted that the team wasn’t good enough to compete for a Stanley Cup and that he would bring back his tough, old-school …
Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation