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Hall of Fame member Clarence "Hap' Day dies

Hockey legend Clarence "Hap" Day, who led the Toronto Maple Leafs to six Stanley Cup Championships as a player and a coach in the 1930s and 1940s, died early Saturday at his home. He was 88. Day, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961, was born in Owen Sound and initially set out to become a pharmacist. He began playing hockey with the Toronto St. Patricks in the late 1920s. The team later became the Maple Leafs.

The defenseman was team captain when the Leafs captured the Stanley Cup in 1932.

As a coach, he led the Leafs to five Stanley Cup championships, in 1942, 1945, 1947, 1948 and 1949. The 1947-49 team was the first to win the cup three years in a row.

Day resigned from the Leafs in 1957 when he purchased a business, Elgin Handles, in St. Thomas. He ran the business with family members until he sold it in 1977 to his son Kerry.

He is survived by his second wife, a son, a daughter and a stepdaughter. His funeral is to be held Tuesday in St. Thomas.

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