A medal won by the founding father of the Toronto Maple Leafs during World War I are in a Canadian auction that ends next week. One man thinks it should be in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
His name adorns one of the NHL’s most coveted trophies, but in addition to being a pioneer of the pro game, Conn Smythe fought for Canada in World War I.
The medal he earned for service during World War I were sold by his family in later years. Now, it’s in Classic Auctions’ latest sale. One buyer is hoping to broker a deal before it ends so he can give the medal to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
"This is a no-brainer; it’s Conn Smythe," says Dave Thomson. "He fought for this country … and the fact is his Second World War medals are already in the hall, that’s where this one should be."