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(born Feb. 1, 1895, Toronto, Ont., Can.died Nov. 18, 1980, Caledon, Ont.) Canadian ice-hockey player, coach, and executive. He founded the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1927 and made them into a leading hockey club. In 1928 he coached the Canadian hockey team to an Olympic gold medal. Since 1965 the Conn Smythe Trophy has been given annually to the best player in the Stanley Cup play-offs.
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