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This page is about a father/son pair of hockey players. There are two Ontario institutions which also bear the Syl Apps name: The Syl and Molly Apps research centre is part of Kingston General Hospital, affiliated with Queen’s University. Syl Apps is also a youth centre/reform school in Oakville, much like Tim Horton is now a doughnut.


Sidney “Syl” Apps (January 18, 1915 - December 24, 1998) of Paris, Ontario played as a Toronto Maple Leafs centre from 1936 to 1948.


Winner of the 1936-1937 Calder Memorial Trophy and 1941-1942 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, this Canadian NHL athlete former Olympic pole vaulter also served as an MLA. He is remembered in Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame as well as on one of a set of six NHL all-star 47-cent stamps issued on January 18, 2001. His number (#10) was honoured on the Maple Leafs honour roll.


At 6′00″, and 185 lbs, he served as Maple Leafs team captain during the first-ever official NHL all-star game October 13, 1947 at Maple Leaf Gardens. The all-star team defeated the Leafs 4-3. He also played for an all-star team competing in Montréal on October 29, 1939. Intended to raise money for the family of Babe Siebert , a former Montréal Canadiens player who had accidently drowned at St. Joseph, Ontario , this game ended with a score of All Stars 5 - Montréal 2.


He has been buried in Cambridge, Ontario.


Syl Apps, Jr., his son, was also to join the NHL and play as a centre from 1970-1980, mostly for the Pittsburgh Penguins where he participated in the 1974-1975 quarterfinals.


He led the team in scoring three times; his record for Pittsburgh’s all-time assists stood until December 15, 1988 before being outdone by Mario Lemieux.