Gary Leeman is best known for two things - scoring 50 goals as a Maple Leaf, and being traded for Doug Gilmour. Or at least, that is how I remember him.
Leeman was drafted by the Toronto Maples in the 2nd round, 24th overall, in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. He was drafted as a defenseman. After scoring 86 points in 70 games with the Regina St. Pats of the WHL, he won the Bill Hunter Trophy as the league's best Defenceman and was a 1st Team All-star. After the WHL season ended for the St. Pats, Leeman made his NHL debut, playing two games in the 1983 play-offs in the first round against the Minnesota North Stars.
|1982-83 OPC Gary Leeman (pre-RC)
Gary broke camp as a member of the Maple Leafs for the 1983-84 season. Leeman scored his first career NHL goal on December 10th, 1983, against Reggie Lemelin of the Calgary Flames. Since was still under 20, the Leafs loaned him to Team Canada to play in the World Junior Hockey Championships. Canada finished 4th. Leeman finished his rookie season with 4 goals and 8 assists in 52 games. It earned him a rookie card in the 1984-85 OPC set.
During the 1984-85 season, Leeman began to spend more time as a forward and eventually made the transition to a full-time. Gary struggled through the injury bug during his first three NHL seasons, playing in 52, 53 and 53 games during his first three NHL seasons.
|1985-86 OPC Gary Leeman
|1993-94 Score Gary Leeman