❮Read❯ ➹ Centre Ice ➼ Author Thomas Stafford Smythe – Oaklandjobs.co.uk If ever a name were synonymous with hockey that name would be Smythe During the depths of the Depression Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Conn Smythe purchased the Toronto St Pats and in patriotic traditi If ever a name were synonymous with hockey that name would be Smythe During the depths of the Depression Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Conn Smythe purchased the Toronto St Pats and in patriotic tradition christened them the Toronto Maple Leafs Smythe reigned as Leafs owner and president from until his transfer of ownership to son Stafford in This move was part of a succession plan which would insure that his grandson Tommy Smythe would one day assume his destined role in Leaf history as owner Unfortunately due to Stafford's untimely death and partnership with Harold Ballard Tommy never inherited the Smythe dynasty Even so his fortunate years growing up and associated with the Maple Leafs organization awarded him a fascinating life witnessing and participating in an inconceivable number of significant hockey events Tom befriended many of the most famous and influential people from the NHL's past and present and candidly conveys these experiences and throughout this comprehensive look at one of Canada's most prominent hockey families and the team which brought the city of Toronto their eleven Stanley CupsTommy Smythe is the grandson of Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Conn Smythe and son of former Maple Leafs owner and president Stafford Smythe From infancy the one constant in Tom's life has been hockey Beginning as stickboy for the Leafs in the early fifties later as a scout then as General Manager of the Toronto Marlboros Tom had a Centre Ice view of the proceedings of Maple Leaf Gardens and the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey club Presently Tom helps run the Conn Smythe Charitable Foundation He has two grown children Tommy and Christy and lives with his wife Penny in downtown TorontoKevin Shea is a lifelong Leafs fan and longtime season ticket holder A native of Windsor Ontario the former junior A hockey player is Vice President of a Toronto based record company Kevin is currently researching the history of the NHL for his next book.
- 211 pages
- Centre Ice
- Thomas Stafford Smythe
- 12 December 2016 Thomas Stafford Smythe