Doug Gilmour was more than just an offensive powerhouse. He was a nightmare to play against—a classic old-school tough guy who was everything but shy to chirping on the ice.
But you can’t deny that Gilmour is one of the greatest players ever. Gilmour played in over 1,400 games in the NHL and also recorded over 1,414 points.
Those numbers ensure how big of a legend he is, and he’s forever a cult hero around the league.
Gilmour still holds three franchise records for the Maple Leafs, as nobody has recorded more assists in a season (95), recorded more points in a season (127), or assisted more in a game (6). Doug Gilmour scored the Stanley Cup-clinching goal for the Calgary Flames in 1989.
Three years after the Stanley Cup Championship, Doug Gilmour left for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and today, his number 93 is retired by the organization. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.
On the same day, the goalie that Gilmour ranks highest out of all the goalies he faced during his career also got inducted.
In Steve Milton’s book ”The Toughest I Ever Faced,” Doug Gilmour names Ed Belfour, also Class of 2011 in the Hockey Hall of Fame, the toughest goalie he ever played.
”Ed was in the same conference and we played him all the time,” Gilmour said. ”He kind of changed all the time, he didn’t just do the same thing. I had a tough time scoring on Ed Belfour.”