The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Thursday that Hall of Fame player Ted Kennedy, along with two other Leaf legends to be named next month, will be the first to be honoured with bronze statues on what the club will call 'Legends Row' in front of the Air Canada Centre.
The team added it will be a multi-phase project that will unveil different players leading into the team's centennial season in 2017.
Leaf players to be included in the first phase of Legends Row were selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs historical committee - comprised of local industry and hockey experts to provide recommendations on alumni and historical decisions.
"We were thrilled when informed of the idea of Legends Row and even more honoured when they said that Dad would be among the first players to be included," said Ted Kennedy's son, Mark. "I know that the idea of being immortalized in his number 9 Maple Leafs sweater, alongside some of the best players to ever play for this great franchise, would bring a tear to his eye."
A five-time Stanley Cup winner and five-time All-Star, 'Teeder' spent his entire career with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1942 to 1957 where he served eight seasons as captain, including in 1955 when he won the Hart Trophy as league MVP. Kennedy was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966.
Legends Row will be unveiled publicly on Saturday, Sept. 6.