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The Kid Line

three young men stand side by side.  Each has short, dark hair parted in the middle and are wearing identical team jackets with a stylized maple leaf logo on the left breast.
The Kid Line of Conacher, Primeau and Jackson

The Kid Line was a NHL line for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1930s. It included Charlie Conacher, Harvey "Busher" Jackson and Joe Primeau.[1] When they first came together as a line, Primeau was the oldest at 23 years old, while Jackson and Conacher were both 18. All three players are members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Maple Leafs coach Conn Smythe, put the line together, and it helped the Maple Leafs win the 1932 Stanley Cup and lead the Leafs to four more Stanley Cup finals appearances over the next six years. This original line has been featured in a children's book called The Kid Line.[2]

The title was reused as a reference to the Adam Graves, Joe Murphy, and Martin Gelinas lines of the 1990s Edmonton Oilers, and resurrected for Sam Gagner, Andrew Cogliano, and Robert Nilsson starting in 2007-08.[3]

More recently, the title have been used as a reference to other lines, like the Edmonton Oilers - Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle, starting in 2011-12.[4] and the Montreal Canadiens - Alex Galchenyuk, Lars Eller and Brendan Gallagher starting in 2013-14.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Canada Sports Hall of Fame
  2. ^ CM Magazine: The Kid Line
  5. ^ Kid Line shines as Canadiens get first win of season

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