Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Don Metz
Don Metz followed his older brother, Nick, east from Saskatchewan to Toronto. After playing junior with St.Michael's College, Don played senior hockey in Toronto, finishing the 1937-38 season as the OHA Senior's leading scorer. Don's 42 points in sixteen games earned him a shot with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1938-39 playoffs.

The aggressive-checking redhead bounced between Toronto and the AHL Pittsburgh Hornets in 1939-40, but he was recognized as a dependable forward and found himself playing fulltime in blue and white during the 1940-41 and 1941-42 seasons. In fact, Metz started out as a spare part in the 1941-42 playoffs, but Leaf coach Hap Day played a hunch, inserting him and rookie Gaye Stewart into the lineup in place of veterans Hank Goldup and Gord Drillon at a desperate time in the series.

Day's strategy worked, and the Leafs turned the tide, erasing a three-games-to-none deficit in the finals against the Red Wings and winning four straight games to shock the world and win the most improbable of Stanley Cup wins. Don Metz played a substantial role, scoring four goals and three assists in the four games he was employed in the final. That Stanley Cup was one of two Metz would enjoy during the nine partial seasons he played in Maple Leaf Gardens.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1935-36 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 10 9 4 13 5 5 3 0 3 8
1935-36 Toronto Goodyears OHA-Sr. 13 6 3 9 4 9 3 4 7 10
1936-37 Toronto Goodyears OHA-Sr. 9 3 2 5 6 5 0 2 2 6
1937-38 Toronto Goodyears OHA-Sr. 16 20 22 42 4 6 6 2 8 2
1937-38 Toronto Goodyears Al-Cup 4 1 1 2 6
1938-39 Toronto Goodyears OHA-Sr. 18 15 16 31 8 5 4 5 9 0
1938-39 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1938-39 Toronto Goodyears Al-Cup 10 12 3 15 17
1939-40 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 10 1 1 2 4 2 0 0 0 0
1939-40 Pittsburgh Hornets IAHL 32 13 25 38 10 7 2 2 4 4
1940-41 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 31 4 10 14 6 7 1 1 2 2
1941-42 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 25 2 3 5 8 4 4 3 7 0
1942-43 Regina Army Caps SSHL 24 43 26 69 12 5 10 4 14 6
1943-44 Toronto RCAF TIHL 2 1 1 2 4
1944-45 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 11 0 1 1 4
1945-46 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7 1 0 1 0
1945-46 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 44 22 29 51 8 6 3 4 7 2
1946-47 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 40 4 9 13 10 11 2 3 5 4
1946-47 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 24 19 17 36 4
1947-48 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 26 4 6 10 2 2 0 0 0 2
1947-48 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 3 0 1 1 0
1948-49 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 33 4 6 10 12 3 0 0 0 0
1948-49 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 17 5 7 12 4
NHL Totals 172 20 35 55 42 42 7 8 15 12


Brother of Nick Played in NHL All-Star Game (1947)