By David Salter

You’d think being the son of the greatest Toronto Maple Leaf in history would put pressure on a young hockey player. Not so, according to Syl Apps Jr. “There was never really a hockey presence in my house,” he says. “The emphasis was on education. I didn’t even know my dad played in the NHL until I was around eight years old.”
‘Dad,’ of course, is the late Syl Apps Sr., the legendary Hall of Famer who led the Leafs to three Cups in the 1940s. But the lesser-known Apps, who’s the father of Canadian women’s star Gillian Apps, became an NHL star in his own right in the 1970s.