Toronto Maple Leafs

Syl Apps

Syl Apps was born as Sylvanus Apps Sr on January 18, 1915 in Paris, Ontario. He was spotted by Maple Leaf boss Conn Smythe during a football game at McMaster University in Hamilton, where Apps was studying economics. Smythe was so impressed by Apps as an athelete that he offerred him a pro-hockey contract with the Maple Leafs. Syl decided to first try out his hand as a pole vaulter in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and played his first pro-hockey game with the Tornonto Dominions in 1935-36. The following season he was with the Toronto Maple Leafs, winning the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.

Syl Apps was one of the most skilled hockey players of his time. Standing in at six feet tall, he was strong on and off the puck and possessed one of the best shots in his time. He also has a rare feat of winning the Lady Byng Trophy in 1942 after going an entire season without a single penalty minute. During the prime of his career, he left hockey and spent two years with the Canadian Army for the Second World War. His success on the ice was clear with the performance of the Toronto Maple Leafs, with Apps leading them to three Stanley Cup victories in 1942, 1947 and his final season in 1948. He went on to serve as a Conservative member of parliament from Kingston and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961. The Toronto Maple Leafs also honored his #10 at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1993. Syl Apps passed away on Christmas eve in 1998.

Syl Apps' Career Statistics

Year     Team                  GP   G   A   Pts   Pim
1936-37  Toronto Maple Leafs   48  16   29   45    10 
1937-38  Toronto Maple Leafs   47  21   29   50     9 
1938-39  Toronto Maple Leafs   44  15   25   40     4 
1939-40  Toronto Maple Leafs   27  13   17   30     5 
1940-41  Toronto Maple Leafs   41  20   24   44     6 
1941-42  Toronto Maple Leafs   38  18   23   41     0 
1942-43  Toronto Maple Leafs   29  23   17   40     2 
1945-46  Toronto Maple Leafs   40  24   16   40     2 
1946-47  Toronto Maple Leafs   54  25   24   49     6 
1947-48  Toronto Maple Leafs   55  26   27   53    12
Career Totals                 423 201  231  432    56

Syl Apps Pictures

Syl Apps