St. John’s AHL Favourites Over The Years – Day 4 Terry, Jaffray, King, Pasquale and Perreault highlighted Posted by Geneva Hayward on
Holds the record for most points in a season for the IceCaps franchise, a second-team AHL All-Star who also represented the IceCaps in the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic. He is one goal away from tying the club record for most goals in a season.
Easily one of the most popular players in the history of the IceCaps franchise, “Jaffs” captained St. John’s throughout the Winnipeg Jets era and was a star for the home team in the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic here in St. John’s.
Player, assistant coach, front office…Kinger, from Corner Brook, pretty much did it all for the IceCaps. Led the IceCaps in goals during the franchise’s inaugural season.
St. John’s fans showered their beloved goaltender with chants of Eddie! Eddie! throughout this time with both versions of the IceCaps franchise. A member of the 2011-12 AHL All-Rookie Team.
“Never Panic” Yanic was one of the St. John’s Maple Leafs early scoring stars. His 132 goals and 276 points are career records for the Baby Leafs American Hockey League franchise.
“Odie” was one of the offensive leaders for the IceCaps in the club’s first four seasons and a key performer for the Calder Cup Finalist team in 2014. Eric still holds the club record for most goals in a season, with 29.
“Hutch” was clutch for the IceCaps in 2014 as he was the key performer for St. John’s on the road to the 2014 Calder Cup Finals. The goaltender was promoted to the parent Winnipeg Jets after his amazing spring performance and has been there ever since.
GREG “BIRD DOG” SMYTH
Greg “Bird Dog” Smyth was one of the most feared players in the history of the AHL as a member of the St. John’s Maple Leafs and later became an assistant coach with the team. Bird Dog was one of the few former Leafs from the mainland who still resides in St. John’s.
Couisneau had big skates to fill as the heir apparent to Felix Potvin in the early 1990s, but proved himself with five solid seasons between the pipes for St. John’s. He finished among the all-time career leaders for St. John’s Maple Leafs goaltenders.
As an AHL all-star in his rookie season (2016-17), Charlie Lindgren emerged as the IceCaps’ number one goaltender this year and has won all three of his appearances with the Montreal Canadiens so far in his young career.
Long-time captain of the St. John’s Maple Leafs, was a solid two-way defenceman for eight seasons in Newfoundland. Honorary captain of the host team at 2014 AHL All-Star Classic in St. John’s.
Spent parts of sevens seasons with the St. John’s Maple Leafs, two of them as captain. Number 22 was a hard-rock defenceman who rang up over 200 penalty minutes on numerous occasions.
“Gilly” from Corner Brook was an original St. John’s Maple Leaf and the first local to play pro hockey here at home. A tough customer who could also contribute on the score sheet.
One of only four players to skate with both versions of the IceCaps franchise, he was a multiple AHL All-Star and helped the IceCaps advance to the 2014 Calder Cup.
A solid two-way player who was an assistant captain and spent four seasons in St.John’s with the IceCaps. Extremely popular with fans for his hustle and timely scoring.
Cherno “the Inferno” played two seasons with the St. John’s Maple Leafs. In his first, 1993–94, he scored 45 goals and 110 points and was named to the AHL First All-Star Team and won the Les Cunningham Award as the league’s most valuable player. He served as a playing assistant coach in 1994–95.
In February 2000, MacLean was traded to the Maple Leafs organization and the Nova Scotia native spent two and a half seasons with the Baby Leafs. His 87 points in 2001-02 made him the AHL leading scorer as he claimed the John B. Sollenberger Trophy.
One the last St. John’s Maple Leafs players to skate in the NHL this past season, Thonrton played for seasons with the Baby Leafs and amassed a staggering 1,215 penalty minutes. Thornton, who recently announced his retirement from pro hockey, went on to win a pair of Stanley Cups as an enforcer with the Anaheim Ducks and Boston Bruins.
The “Animal” was one of the most feared fighters in the AHL during his time with the St. John’s Maple Leafs from 1993 to 1995. Never drafted, Bialowis rang up 352 minutes in penalties as a rookie in 1993-94.
The “Cat” was an original Baby Leaf and while he spent only season in St. John’s, it was a memorable one as he helped the club to their only Calder Cup Finals appearance. Potvin played 35 games for the St. John’s Maple Leafs, compiling a 2.93 GAA in 1991-92. He was awarded the Dudley “Red” Garrett Memorial Award (rookie of the year), the Baz Bastien Memorial Trophy as the top goaltender in the AHL and selected to the AHL First All-Star Team.