Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gary Leeman
The Toronto native attended Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan and was a standout defenseman for two seasons with the WHL's Regina Pats where he was voted the league's Top Defenceman and First Team All-Star. He was chosen 24th overall by his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1982 Entry Draft and then returned to junior where he scored 86 points in 63 games.

Leeman also represented Canada at the World Junior Championships on two occasions, in Leningrad and Sweden respectively.

A speedy player with soft hands, Gary Leeman played nearly 700 NHL games for five different clubs. He was best known as a gritty scoring machine on the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 50-goal season to his credit.

By the 1985-86 season Leeman was part of the "Hound Line" along with Wendel Clark and beginning in 1986-87, Leeman was a top goal scorer for the Leafs with four-straight 20-goal seasons. In 1988-89, he scored 32 goals and was picked to play in the NHL All-Star Game despite missing 19 games due to injury.

In 1989-90, he formed the potent "GEM Line" with Ed Olczyk and Mark Osborne and became the second Toronto player after Rick Vaive to register a 50-goal season and became the first player drafted as a defenseman, converted to a forward to reach the 50-goal plateau. He dropped to 17 goals the next season when his effectiveness was limited by a shoulder separation.

After nearly nine seasons in Toronto, Leeman was the key player sent to Calgary in the blockbuster trade that brought Doug Gilmour to Toronto. To date, the 10 player deal is the largest in NHL history.

Leeman's time in Calgary would be short-lived. Seeing his ice-time dwindle, Gary asked for a trade. His request was granted and the sniper was shipped to Montreal in exchange for veteran forward Brian Skrudland. The move would prove to be fortuitous for Leeman as he and the Canadiens would go on to capture the Stanley Cup later that season.

Leeman would finish his NHL career with stops in Vancouver and St. Louis and would play three additional seasons in Europe before retiring in 1999.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Notre Dame Midget Hounds SMHL 24 15 23 38 28
1981-82 Regina Pats WHL 72 19 41 60 112 3 2 2 4 0
1982-83 Regina Pats WHL 63 24 62 86 88 5 1 5 6 4
1982-83 Canada WJC-A 7 1 2 3 2
1982-83 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 52 4 8 12 31 -14
1983-84 Canada WJC-A 7 3 6 9 12
1984-85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 53 5 26 31 72 -12
1984-85 St. Catharines Saints AHL 7 2 2 4 11
1985-86 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 53 9 23 32 20 -1 10 2 10 12 2
1985-86 St. Catharines Saints AHL 25 15 13 28 6
1986-87 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 21 31 52 66 -26 5 0 1 1 14
1987-88 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 30 31 61 62 -6 2 2 0 2 2
1988-89 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 61 32 43 75 66 +5
1989-90 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 51 44 95 63 +4 5 3 3 6 16
1990-91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 52 17 12 29 39 -25
1991-92 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 34 7 13 20 44 -1
1991-92 Calgary Flames NHL 29 2 7 9 27 -11
1992-93 Calgary Flames NHL 30 9 5 14 10 +5
1992-93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 20 6 12 18 14 +9 11 1 2 3 2
1993-94 Montreal Canadiens NHL 31 4 11 15 17 +5 1 0 0 0 0
1993-94 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 23 18 8 26 16
1994-95 Vancouver Canucks NHL 10 2 0 2 0 -3
1995-96 HC Gardena Alpenliga 7 5 4 9 4
1995-96 HC Gardena Italy 20 7 12 19 59 7 2 4 6 12
1996-97 St. Louis Blues NHL 2 0 1 1 0 0
1996-97 Worcester IceCats AHL 24 9 7 16 41
1996-97 Utah Grizzlies IHL 15 6 1 7 20 4 0 3 3 4
1997-98 Hannover Scorpions Germany 44 13 38 51 16 4 2 0 2 12
1998-99 Hannover Scorpions Germany 10 2 3 5 31
1998-99 EHC Biel-Bienne Swiss-2 8 7 4 11 10
1998-99 HC Sierre Swiss-2 1 2 1 3 0
NHL Totals 667 199 267 466 531 36 8 16 24 36


WHL First All-Star Team (1983) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1989) Traded to Calgary by Toronto with Craig Berube, Alexander Godynyuk, Michel Petit and Jeff Reese for Doug Gilmour, Jamie Macoun, Ric Nattress, Rick Wamsley and Kent Manderville, January 2, 1992. Traded to Montreal by Calgary for Brian Skrudland, January 28, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, January 18, 1995. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, September 26, 1996.