TRAGIC: four-time Stanley cup champion passes away

Published August 15, 2023 at 11:14

The Toronto Maple Leafs community is in mourning after a challenging week for fans and franchise. The sad news of the passing of young prospect Rodion Amirov was followed closely by the loss of a Leafs legend.

Remembering Bob Baun

Bob Baun, a legendary figure in Toronto Maple Leafs history, passed away on Monday at the age of 86. An iconic defenseman for the Leafs, Baun left an indelible mark on the franchise and its fans.

Baun played for the Leafs from 1956 to 1967, and then returned for a second stint from 1970 to 1973. Despite his modest height of 5 foot 9 inches, he was known for his tenacious and hard-hitting style of play on the blue line.

Baun's toughness and heart were never more evident than in the 1964 Stanley Cup Finals. In Game 6, he scored the game-winning goal in overtime while playing on a broken ankle, leading the Leafs to their third consecutive championship.


The news of Baun's passing sparked an outpouring of emotion and tributes from fans and former players alike:

Bobby Baun was one of my childhood heroes scoring an overtime winning goal on a broken ankle to lead the Leafs to a Stanley Cup. Latter he became a good friend full of wonderful stories of games, teams and teammates. RIP my friend Boomer Baun!!

An absolute privilege! RIP Bobby.

Legacy of Bob Baun

Bob Baun's NHL career saw him record 37 goals and 187 assists over 964 games. As a testament to his rugged play, Baun also got over 1400 penalty minutes during his time in the league.

His most memorable moment, however, will always be that game-winning goal in the 1964 Stanley Cup Finals, etching his name into Leafs' history books.

Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with the Baun family during this difficult time.

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