Jim Pappin, the former NHL forward who was credited with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ last Stanley Cup-winning goal, has died. He was 82.
The Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks announced the death on social media on Wednesday.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of Jim Pappin’s passing,” the Maple Leafs said. “Jim played five seasons in Toronto and won the Stanley Cup in 1964 and ’67. He was named one of the 100 Greatest Leafs, scoring the cup-winning goal and leading the team in ’67. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
The Blackhawks later said, “The `P’ in the MPH line scored 444 points in 488 games in Chicago and is 17th all-time for franchise scorers with 216 goals. Our hearts go out to Jim’s family and friends.”
Pappin took credit for Toronto’s second goal in a 3-1 series-ending win over Montreal in Game 6 on May 2, 1967. Linemate Pete Stemkowski sent it in, but allowed Pappin to take credit to earn a contract bonus .
Pappin also played on Toronto’s 1964 Stanley Cup championship team and spent part of five seasons with the Maple Leafs.
Traded to Chicago in 1968, he had his greatest offensive seasons with the Blackhawks with MPH Line mates Pit Martin and Dennis Hull, finishing with 41 goals, 51 assists and 92 points in 1972-73.
After seven seasons with Chicago, he spent the 1975-76 season with the California Seals, then followed the franchise to Cleveland for its final NHL season the following year.
In 767 regular season games in 14 seasons in the NHL, Pappin had 278 goals and 295 assists. In 92 playoff games, he had 33 goals and 34 assists.