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Toronto and the Maple Leafs

A City and Its Team


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100 years of love, celebration, heartbreak, and even parades On December 19, 2017, the Toronto Maple Leafs officially turn 100. In the spirit of the centenary celebrations, Toronto and the Maple Leafs explores the city's relationship with its most beloved sports franchise.A Leafs game still brings the city together on a Saturday night, no matter how many times the Jays and Raptors make the playoffs. But why do fans stick with a team that has not won a Cup in 50 years? Veteran Leafs and NHL columnist Lance Hornby gives readers an insider's perspective on how the pulse of the city and team became as one through two World Wars, the Depression, decades of Harold Ballard's mismanagement, and, until recently, dysfunctional hockey operations. Toronto and the Maple Leafs includes insights and stories from season ticket holders, ushers, cleaners, ticket scalpers, and bartenders as well as players, executives, sports psychologists, and TV execs. The influential voices of the Leafs, Foster Hewitt and Joe Bowen, are featured alongside Toronto mayor John Tory and a funeral director who performs Leafs-themed services in this unforgettable story about the good teams, bad games, and bizarre times of this franchise's history. The perfect companion for true blue and white fans and for those just curious to know why the team and town deserve each other, for better or worse.

ECW Press, 9781770413627

Publication Date: October 3, 2017

About the Author

Lance Hornby has covered the Maple Leafs and the NHL for the Toronto Sun and Postmedia since 1986. Ron Ellis played for the Toronto Maple Leafs for 16 seasons, was a member of the team's last Cup-winning squad in 1967, and took part in the 1972 Summit Series. Both live in Toronto, Ontario.