Beyond The Benches

Leafs Legend George Armstrong’s Banner Finds New Home

The Toronto Maple Leafs made a stop in George “The Chief” Armstrong’s hometown of Sudbury, Ontario to deliver his hockey banner that formally hung at the Air Canada Center in Toronto. Armstrong’s banner hung with 18 others at the ACC but will be replaced by new players who will have their number honored to mark the Leafs’ 100th anniversary. Garson Arena will be the new home of Armstrong’s banner that sports a photo of his playing days and his uniform number 10.

Leaf’s correspondent, Paul Hendrick, took the journey to Sudbury on Sunday.

The right-winger played 1187 games with the Leafs and was the longest reigning captain in franchise history serving 13 of his 21 seasons with the “C” on his chest. Armstrong would raise the Stanley Cup four times with the organization in 1962, 63, 64 and 67. The Chief was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.