Mike Walton - 1967 Topps

Michael Robert “Mike, Shakey” Walton (January 3, 1945-) won a championship on virtually every level at which he played collecting a Memorial Cup as champion of the Canadian Hockey League (1964), a Calder Cup as champion of the American Hockey League (1966) and two Stanley Cups as champion of the National Hockey League. After Walton’s family settled down in Ontario, near the Quebec border north of Toronto, he began playing junior hockey with the Metro Junior A League before landing with the St. Michael’s Majors in the Toronto Maple Leafs system. He soon moved up in the system with the Toronto Marlboros where he helped lead them to the Memorial Cup title and then took the Rochester American to the Calder title winning Rookie of the Year in both leagues. In 1965, Toronto called up the talented center to play alongside future Hall of Famers George Armstrong, Tim Horton, Red Kelly and Marcel Pronovost. In 1966-67, Walton was a key member of the Maple Leafs squad that won the franchise’s 13th (and to-date last) Stanley Cup championship. By the 1967-68 season with the Leafs, Mike had established himself as one of the NHL’s true snipers. Unfortunately, Walton had difficulties with the Maple Leaf coaching staff, specifically Punch Imlach, and his time in Toronto was numbered even despite his marriage to former Maple Leafs owner Conn Smythe’s granddaughter. Mike played six years with the Leafs (1965-1971) when he was traded to the Boston Bruins and played four years in Beantown (1971-1973). In Boston, he won his second Stanley Cup title as the Bruins defeated the New York Rangers in six games. In 1973, Walton signed with the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the World Hockey Association and proceeded to lead the league in goals (57) and points (117) with 60 assists to win the Bill Hunter Award as the top scorer. He was also named to his one and only All-Star Game that year. Mike played three seasons with Minnesota (1973-1976) and then returned to the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks (1975-1978) and had his last successful year in 1977-78 when he scored 29 goals and 37 assists as a 33-year old. Mike played one final year with three different teams, the St. Louis Blues, Boston bruins and Chicago Black Hawks, in 1978-79 before ending his 14-year career. Mike Walton scored 84 goals and 107 assists for 191 points. He also added 14 goals and 10 assists in playoff contention, winning two Stanley Cup championships.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
2 MINT 9 (12)

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