Jim Pappin, the former NHL forward credited with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ last Stanley Cup-winning goal, has died. He was 82 years old.
The Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks announced the death Wednesday on social media.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Pappin,” the Maple Leafs said. “Jim played five seasons in Toronto, winning the Stanley Cup in 1964 and 1967. Named one of the 100 Greatest Leafs, he scored the Cup-winning goal and led the team in scoring in ’67. Our thoughts are with his family and his friends.”
The Blackhawks later said, “The ‘P’ in the MPH Line scored 444 points in 488 games at Chicago and ranks 17th all-time for franchise scorers with 216 goals. Our hearts go out to Jim’s family and friends.”
Pappin was credited for Toronto’s second goal in a series-ending 3–1 victory over Montreal in Game 6 on May 2, 1967. Linemate Pete Stemkowski deflected it, but allowed Pappin to take the credit to earn a contract bonus.
Pappin also played on Toronto’s 1964 Stanley Cup champion team, spending parts of five seasons with the Maple Leafs.
Traded to Chicago in 1968, he had his best offensive seasons with the Blackhawks with MPH Line teammates Pit Martin and Dennis Hull, finishing with career highs of 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 and followed the franchise to Cleveland the following year for his final NHL season.
In 767 regular season games in 14 NHL seasons, Pappin had 278 goals and 295 assists. In 92 playoff games, he had 33 goals and 34 assists.