Conn Smythe Collection

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Constantine Falkland Cary Smythe, known as "Conn," was a sports entrepreneur best known for his interests in ice hockey, horse racing, and promoting the cause of disabled children. He owned and operated his own breeding and racing stables at Caledon, Ontario. He was severely injured by shrapnel and was awarded the Military Cross in WWI.

He coached the University of Toronto Varsity Grads hockey team to the Allan Cup (1927), and assembled the original New York Rangers team in 1926. In 1927 he and associates raised $160,000 and bought Toronto St Pats, changing their name to Toronto Maple Leafs. Maple Leaf Gardens was built largely owing to his efforts in 1931. He sold his controlling interest in the Gardens and the team in 1961 to his son Stafford and others.

Equine breeding and training records of Conn Smythe Horse Racing Stables, Caledon, Ontario.



Types of Materials

  • Unpublished Material and Manuscripts


65 cm

How to Access This Resource

XA1 MS A043

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