Syl Apps
Position Centre
Shot Left
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
185 lb (84 kg)
Teams Toronto Maple Leafs
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born January 18, 1915(1915-01-18),
Paris, ON, CAN
Died December 24 1998 (aged 83),
Kingston, ON, CAN
Pro Career 1936 – 1948
Hall of Fame, 1961

Charles Joseph Sylvanus "Syl" Apps, (January 18, 1915 – December 24, 1998) of Paris, Ontario, was a Canadian athlete and professional player for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1936 to 1948.

Athletic CareerEdit

Apps was a strong athlete, 6 feet tall, weighing 185 pounds, and won the gold medal at the 1934 British Empire Games in the pole vault competition. Two years later he represented Canada at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, where he placed sixth in the pole vault event. After watching him play Canadian football at McMaster University, Conn Smythe signed Apps to play hockey with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Apps played centre with the Toronto Maple Leafs for his entire professional hockey career. His jersey number was 10. He was the winner of the first Calder Trophy in 1937, and the 1942 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. Apps served as the Maple Leafs captain during the first National Hockey League All-Star Game October 13, 1947, at Maple Leaf Gardens. He also played for an all-star team competing in Montreal on October 29, 1939, to raise money for Babe Siebert's family.

Apps retired from the NHL in 1948 and took a marketing job with the Simpson's department store. At the same time, he also served as the Ontario Athletic Commissioner. Fifty years after retiring from hockey, Apps suffered a heart attack and died as a result.


Apps was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961. In 1975 he was elected to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. In 1998, he was ranked number 33 on the List of 100 greatest hockey players by The Hockey News.

The sports arena in his home town of Paris is named the Syl Apps Community Centre.

Won the Stanley Cup 1942, 1947, 1948 (as Captain with Toronto)


His son Syl Apps, Jr. also played in the NHL. His granddaughter Gillian Apps won the Gold medal in the 2006 Olympics for Canada's Women's Ice Hockey Team, and his grandson Syl Apps III was a college hockey star at Princeton University and played four years in the minor leagues.

Career Statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1936–37Toronto Maple LeafsNHL481629451020110
1937–38Toronto Maple LeafsNHL47212950971450
1938–39Toronto Maple LeafsNHL441525404102682
1939–40Toronto Maple LeafsNHL271317305105272
1940–41Toronto Maple LeafsNHL41202444653252
1941–42Toronto Maple LeafsNHL3818234101359142
1942–43Toronto Maple LeafsNHL292317402
1945–46Toronto Maple LeafsNHL402416402
1946–47Toronto Maple LeafsNHL542524496115160
1947–48Toronto Maple LeafsNHL552627531294480
NHL totals 423 201 231 432 56 67 25 29 54 8

Records once held by Syl AppsEdit

  • Fastest player to reach 400 points- 387 GP, surpassed by Elmer Lach (365 GP) and currently held by Wayne Gretzky (197 GP).


External LinksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Red Horner
Toronto Maple Leafs Captains
Succeeded by
Bob Davidson
Preceded by
Bob Davidson
Toronto Maple Leafs Captains
Succeeded by
Ted Kennedy
Preceded by
Rookie of the Year</br> Mike Karakas
Winner of the Calder Trophy
Succeeded by
Cully Dahlstrom
Preceded by
Bobby Bauer
Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
Succeeded by
Max Bentley
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