Bench Boss: King Clancy was a Hall-of-Fame NHL defenceman before he took up a whistle as an NHL referee. He’s pictured here in 1953, the year he was hired to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs. He served three middling seasons behind the Toronto bench before he was succeeded by Howie Meeker, whereupon he took a job as assistant GM for the Leafs. Clancy died on a Saturday of this date in 1986, at the age of 84. Meeker, it so happens, was 97 when he died on November 8, 2020, a Sunday.
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Interestingly I just fell down a YouTube hole and found a Leafs/Wings game from 1986. Before the game Dave Hodge had a sit down interview in the stands with Ballard right outside Ballards little apartment box at MLG, which wad adorned with a King Clancy…Gone but never forgotten banner as well as a wreath
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