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A Cup? No, Red Horner Knew What Leafs Fans Really Needed

Once had the good fortune to interview Toronto Maple Leafs Hall of Fame defenseman who led the league in penalty minutes seven times in eight seasons between 1932-33 and 1939-40.

That day, even at the age of 89, Horner, who died at the age of 94 on April 27, 2005, was still as fiery as ever.

When the subject was raised about how he’d played in seven Stanley Cup finals during his career but won only one Cup, even more than 60 years later, Horner couldn’t harness his anger.

He railed against his old Leafs teammates and their inability to put fun on the back burner and focus on the important task of playoff hockey.

No wonder he was doing ads for Alka-Seltzer back then. Horner probably reached for the stuff as frequently as Leafs fans did then – and continue to do today, as Toronto’s Stanley Cup drought is at 51 years and counting.

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