50+64 Thank-you Pat Burns R.I.P

Being a huge fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs ever since 1970 when I was 10 years old, I had not seen the Leafs in a Stanley cup Final and I think it will be quite a while yet before I do. Yeas I was alive when the Leafs last won Lord Stanley’s mug but at age 7 I was not yet into Sports.

Yes many people make jokes about the leafs even though they do have the 2nd most Stanley cup wins in the history of the National Hockey League.

I cheered all the way through through the Harold Ballard era in which they dismantled the great team that they had in the 1970’s with Sittler, Williams, McDonald, Salming, Turnbull and the Popcorn Kid Mike Palmateer.

In the 1980’s there was Wendel Clark who was perhaps the biggest fan favorite in Leaf history which is saying something since they also had great fan faves such as Eddy “Clear the Track” Shack, Johny Bower, Brad Smith and Dave the Tiger Williams.
Of course Canada’s all-time Hockey hero that scored the biggest goal in Hockey History against the Soviets in 1972,  Paul Henderson was also a Maple Leaf at the time.

Even though I have been an avid fan since 1970 I have only been to one NHL Game and that was in around 1977 or 1978 when Sittler and the boy took on the Sabre’s in Buffalo, since then i have been to a couple of the Leafs Open to the Public Practices that will change in January when i drive down to Florida and on the 25th i will take in the game between Toronto and the Tampa Bay Lightning, looking forward to that.

But saying all that 1992 and 1993 were special years here in Toronto, The Jays were winning Back to Back World Series and the Argos were one of the best CFL Teams and the Leafs behind the Coaching of Mr. Pat Burns made it to the Semi Finals in consecutive seasons, getting within a hair on Doug Gilmour’s chin of going against the Montreal Canadiens. But Wayne Gretzky and Kerry Fraisor made sure that did not happen.

But for those magical 21 games in 42 days Pat Burns and the Leafs gave me some great moments to watch and be a Leafs Fan.

R.I.P Pat Burns, you were one hell of a coach, and you should of been in the Hall of Fame by now.

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