The Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team in the NHL to have both a captain and two full-time NHL players on its active roster at the same time.
The story of how the Toronto Maple Leaf’s 2014 Stanley Cup team was born, however, has been well documented.
This team has been around since 1997, when the team became a part of the Toronto Hockey Club (TCHC).
The franchise was established in the early 90s and featured some of the best players of their era, including Michael Grabner, Brian Leetch, and Michael Ferland.
The Leafs were a perennial contender throughout their history, and were known for their high level of play, but it was the team’s legendary captain, Michael Grabber, that made his mark on the franchise.
He was instrumental in the Leafs winning the Stanley War Memorial Cup in 1997, and went on to captain the team to the Cup in 1998.
While the Leafs were the franchise’s primary focus, the franchise also played host to some of their greatest players.
Michael Grabner was the NHL’s all-time leading scorer with 2,077 points, which ranked as the third-most in the league behind Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux.
Grabner also led the NHL in assists in 1995, 1996, and 1997, becoming just the second player in history to record at least 2,000 points and 1,000 assists.
He finished his NHL career with 1,735 points and 915 assists.
The following season, the Leafs moved from the TCHC to the NHL, and Grabner and the Leafs’ future Hall of Famer, Brendan Shanahan, became the new team captain.
At the time, Grabner had not played an NHL game, but the Maple Leafs had already decided to build a team around him, and it was this move that would lead to the team becoming one of the most successful in NHL history.
After joining the Maple Leaf organization, Grabber played just two seasons with the Leafs, recording just 12 points in 82 games, and then retired in 2016.
He then moved on to become an analyst for the NHL Network, which would eventually become the league’s biggest network.
Grabner was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017, and his jersey number will be retired in 2018.
It is unclear if Grabner will be inducted in 2018, but his legacy will live on in the years to come.