26. Hap Day

26. Hap Day

Hap Day entered the NHL with Toronto as a rookie in 1924, where he played at Left Wing, leading the NHL in Assists (17).  He would move to Defense afterward, playing competent two-way hockey before becoming a pure lockdown Defenseman in his fourth NHL season.

Day was very good in this role and became a team leader, earning the captaincy in 1926.  He would later be paired with the legendary King Clancy, and the two would anchor the Maple Leafs to a Stanley Cup win in 1932.  He played for Toronto until his contract was sold to the New York Americans in 1937.

Day returned to Toronto as a Coach, winning five Stanley Cups, and would capture one more as an Assistant General Manager.

The Hockey Hall of Fame inducted Day in 1961, and in 2006, his name was added to the honored greats at Air Canada Center.  His number 4 (along with Red Kelly) was retired in 2016.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defence, Left Wing
  • Acquired: Signed as a Free Agent 12/9/24.
  • Departed: Traded to the New York Americans for Cash 9/23/37.
  • Games Played: 543
  • Notable Statistics:

    86 Goals
    118 Assists 
    204 Points 
    583 PIM 
    0.38 PPG 
    N/A Plus/Minus*
    23.4 Point Shares 
    11 Points in 47 Playoff Games

    *Plus/Minus was not a stat when Day played.

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Stanley Cup Champion (1932)
    Most Assists (1924-25)
    Most Assists per Game (1924-25)

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