For his part, the elder Smythe was not “only” an executive, of course, he actually founded and owned the Maple Leafs. His son Stafford (photo at right) eventually took over ownership of the Maple Leaf franchise in the early ‘60s, along with partners John Bassett Sr. and Harold Ballard. The junior Smythe’s unexpected death in 1970 (I think it was 1970) led, unfortunately, to Ballard becoming the sole owner of the franchise for the next 20—often bumbling—seasons.
During the Smythe years, the Leafs were a first-class franchise, not perfect, but successful on and off the ice. The old Maple Leaf Gardens was one of the shrines of hockey.
In Montreal, Selke Sr. won a lot of Stanley Cups in the 1950s, and as the team transitioned and experienced a few difficult seasons in the early ‘60s, passed the torch on to a then young Sam Pollock, who would go on to become something of a legend in Hab land.
Meanwhile, Selke’s son, Frank Jr., became a TV colour man (alongside the legendary English-language voice of the Canadiens, Danny Gallivan, lower right), as well as being a communications staffer for the Habs as well as an in studio host on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.
As I recall, Frank Jr. went on to join the Oakland Seals as a team executive (President, General Manager, I can’t quite remember) when expansion came to the NHL in the summer of 1967. He helped bring on board a number of ex-Leafs in the first couple of years that the Seals existed. Names that pop to mind include Bobby Baun, Billy Harris, Wally Boyer and Kent Douglass. He also imported Charlie Hodge, left, from his Dad's old team, the Habs. Hodge had been a number-one goalie for a time after the Jacques Plante years, but Gump Worsley, the ex-Ranger great, became the primary starter over time after sharing duties with Charlie for a time.)
I don’t now how long he stayed there, but my guess is Selke Jr. was such a nice individual that he was not really cut out for the sometimes cut-throat world of professional sports administration. I believe he got involved in broadcasting again (perhaps on the advertising side?) in some form through the 1970s and beyond. (I’d be happy if someone could provide more accurate details, as opposed to my rather sketchy memory on this one!)
In his later years, if I’m not mistaken, he was deeply involved with the Special Olympics. Even in his senior years, every time I heard him interviewed, he always came across as a most genuine and decent man. When people talk about a person having led a “full” and meaningful life, I’m guessing Frank Selke Jr. was one of those. As I've posted here many times, my Dad was a devout Montreal Canadien supporter, and the Selkes' were a part of "my" history as a result. I'll always think of Frank Jr. fondly.