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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Prepared for:

Mrs. Johnena Quirke
Communications Instructor

Prepared by:

Michael Kenny
BM/HRM 106A

October 13, 2014

24 Heatherton Place
St. John’s, NL A1E 4P5

October 6, 2015

Mrs. Johnena Quirke
Communications Instructor
Keyin College
44 Austin Street
P.O. Box 13609, Stn. A
St. John’s, NL A1B 4G1

Dear Mrs. Quirke:

Enclosed is my term paper, which was a requirement for my Communications-English 1 course. I chose the topic Toronto Maple Leafs because I have been a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs since I was a very young boy and wanted to share information with my classmates because they have such a great history.

In researching my paper, I was able to find great amount of information from the internet. I had no restrictions in the gathering of information, which was updated information, on this specific hockey team. A major section of this report that may interest you is about a former player, Doug Gilmore, who was captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs; and my favorite player to ever lace up the skates.

I certainly hope you enjoy reading this paper as I thoroughly enjoyed researching the information found in the contents of the report. If you have any questions or concerns, I may be contacted and day at 764-7560 or by email (mike1_kenny@outlook.com).

Sincerely,

MICHAEL KENNY
BM/HRM 106A

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Letter of Transmittal iii Executive Summary v Introduction 1 History of the Toronto Maple Leafs 2 Who are the Toronto Maple Leafs 2 The Beginning 3 Late 1920s 3 The 1930s 4 The 1940s and 1950s 4 The Last Dynasty in Toronto 6 The 1960s 6 The Famous Year: 1967 7 The Drought 8 The Never Ending Drought 9 The 1970s 9 The 1980s 10 The 1990s 12 The 2000s and Beyond 14 Conclusion 16 Works Cited 17

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report, Toronto Maple Leafs,is based on the history of the team since they were formed in the early 1900s, up until today, where they have become the most valuable team in the NHL. As of this year they are on the Forbes Top 50 List of the richest sports teams in the world. It will be shown that there are many eras in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization throughout the years which you will find in the history section. Each decade is also categorized into sections which will enable you to make comparisons each era in the Leafs history. In each section it will show * Various player transactions * Ways of ownership and management * Stanley Cup wins * Playoff losses
In each section, it will show the year activities of the team. Even though there be many good times and bad, it will be shown how the team progressed through the years. Information for this was obtained through research on the internet which provided a wealth of information on each decade and Stanley Cup win.
INTRODUCTION

This report entitled, Toronto Maple Leafs, has been prepared to satisfy the curriculum requirement of my Communications-English 1 course. Its mission to supply enough information to allow you to have a basic understanding of this hockey team and to show why they are one of the most interesting franchises in the world. Toronto has had a professional hockey team since December 28, 1906. They were called The Torontos. They would play exhibition games against other professional hockey teams across North America. The team would then become a founding member of Canada’s first professional hockey league, the Ontario Professional Hockey League. The Torontos would fall to the Montreal Wanderers for the Stanley Cup in 1908, before disbanding in 1909.
Another team in Toronto was formed a couple of years later in 1911. They were called the Toronto Blueshirts. They would finish second overall in the newly formed NHA (National Hockey Association) during their first year. They would then win the Stanley Cup during the 1913-14 season. By the end of the 1916-17 season the NHA would fold and that’s when the NHL was formed.
The Blueshirts would be renamed the Toronto Arenas. They would play their first on December 19, 1917. They would win the first Stanley Cup in the history of the NHL. The next year the team would withdraw from the NHL but it wouldn’t last long.
In the 1919-20 season the Toronto St. Patricks were born, known better as the St. Pats. They were given that name in hopes of getting the local Irish population to attend home games. They would then win a Stanley Cup in 1922, but they would then fail to make it to the Stanley Cup finals for the next few years. Despite big player additions being made over this time the St. Pats were at a risk of being moved to Philadelphia in 1927, until an investor named Conn Smythe came forward and purchased the team and raised enough money to keep the team in Toronto. It was then that the Toronto Maple Leafs were born.
History of Toronto Maple Leafs

WHO ARE THE MAPLE LEAFS

As we all know the Toronto Maple Leafs are the second most decorated team to ever play in the NHL. It has been debated about how many times the Maple Leafs have won the Stanley Cup. Some people say it’s 14 times and others say 13 times, but the real truth is that they have won Lord Stanleys Cup 11 times under the Maple Leaf name. Before they were the Maple Leafs, Toronto have several team names such as the Torontos, the Blueshirts, the Arenas, and the St. Pats. In 1927 a man by the name of Conn Smythe bought the St. Pats who were in serious danger of being moved to Philadelphia because of bad business decisions made by previous ownership. When Smythe purchased the team it was his first task as to change the name of the team from the St. Patricks to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He had two reasons: the team would be named after the World War One fighting unit, the Maple Leaf Regiment. Additionally Conn Smythe felt that the name Maple Leafs would attract more fans from across the country, while the St. Pats would only engage a local population. Smythe, who was a military man gave this reasoning of why he changed the name of the team to the Maple Leafs. “The Maple Leaf to us, was the badge of courage, the badge that meant home. It was the badge that reminded us all of our exploits and the different difficulties we got in and the different accomplishments we made. It was a badge that meant more to us than any other badge that we could think of….so we chose it…hoping that the possession of this badge would mean something to the team that wore it and when they skated out on the ice with this badge on their chest… they would wear it with honour and pride and courage, the way it had been worn by the soldiers of the first Great War in the Canadian Army.”
The Beginning Late 1920’s: At the beginning of the 1927-28 season the colours of the newly formed Toronto Maple Leafs would change from Green (colour of the St. Pats jerseys) to Blue and White. There have been many theories as to why these colours were chosen but they have been the colours for many Toronto sports teams as far back as 1873, which were worn by the Toronto Argonauts, a football team that play in the Canadian Football League (CFL). By the 1928-29 season a rough and tough player by the name “Gentleman” Joe Primeau joined the team along with goaltender Lorne Chabot. They managed to make the playoff that year but were eliminated before the Stanley Cup Final. The next season the Maple Leafs would start to build to their team with the additions of two more big name players like Charlie “Big Bomber” Conacher and Harvey “Busher” Jackson. This was the debut of the soon to be famous “Kid Line” with Primeau, Jackson, and Conacher. Smythe was building a team that had a great core of young talent but still seemed to be missing a “spark”. He would then go on to add King Clancy of the Ottawa Senators. But it didn’t come at an easy price. The Senators played hard-to-get with Smythe and demanded two players and $35,000.00 in return. It was a lot of money those days and Smythe didn’t have those kinds of funds. But he managed to scrape up the money with the winnings of a horse racing bet at Woodbine on his on horse “RareJewel”. It was then the highest amount ever paid for a player n the NHL. With Chabot in goal, Clancy on defence, and the powerful “Kid Line” up front, Smythe felt he have the true nucleus of a winner. The 1930s:When the 1930s began, the Toronto Maple Leafs were still playing at their old stadium named Arena Gardens (also called he Mutual Street Arena), that had a capacity that only held 8,000 people. The Maple Leafs were have some success but were eliminated but the Chicago Blackhawks in two straight games. On November 12, 1931 the now famous, Maple Leaf Gardens was opened. That night the Maple leafs lost to the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 2-1. It was the night of many firsts for the team. Not only was it the first game in a new arena but it was the first radio broadcast of Hockey Night in Canada. Foster Hewitt, from his newly constructed “gondola” would be the first person to broadcast the show and it would become a Saturday night tradition for Canadians from coast-to-coast. Because of the way Foster would build up his star player and his description of the game, the Maple Leafs became Canada’s Team. The Toronto hockey club would cap off their opening season by winning the Stanley Cup and defecting the New York Rangers in three straight games in a best of five series. This would be the first Stanley Cup win as the Toronto Maple Leafs. In the span of nine years from the 1931-32 season to the 1939-40 season, the powerhouse they called the Leafs would make to the cup finals an astounding seven times, but only won the Stanley cup once – in 1932.
The 1940s and 1950s: By the time the 1940 season rolled around, Head Coach Dick Irvin sensed it was time for a change and resigned. Former Maple Leafs standout defenceman Hap Day took over the reins behind the bench to lead the team into a successful but troublesome 1940s. The team started the decade with very high expectations. This had much to do with slick centreman Syl Apps and the leading goal scorer Gordie Drillon. In the 1941-42 season the Maple Leafs made it to the Stanley Cup Finals again by beating the New York Rangers in the semifinals. They next opponent would be the Detroit Red Wings. In this series they would fall behind early and lose the first three games. Coach Day at this point was getting very desperate and decided to read a letter to the team from a fan, a young girl who was pleading with her beloved Maple Leafs to make a comeback in a seemingly impossible series. The Leafs took it to heart and we able to come back in the series. Not only did they make a comeback, they went on to win the Stanley Cup again and become the first team in sports history to comeback from a 0-3 deficit and win the series. The next few years they would have a lot of injuries to the team and some members would be lost to the armed forces World War II. They would win the Stanley Cups again three consecutive times in the 1946-47, 47-48, and 48-49 seasons. The 1949-50 season the Maple Leafs suffered a heartbreaking loss to Detroit Red Wings in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. They would rebound the next season with one of their best records ever. They would eventually hoist the Stanley Cup at the end of the season. It would be there fourth win in five years. The happiness of this dynasty would be very short-lived. Bill Barilko, who scored the game winning goal went on a fishing trip that summer and never returned. The plane that he was in disappeared and was flown by his friend Henry Hudson. During this decade, most of the roster was traded away in an effort to get younger talent. Throughout the decade, the Maple Leafs would have a hard time making the playoffs. But it was in the 1958-59 season that the team went of a terrific run in the last few weeks of the season while the New York Rangers went on a downward slide. The Leafs finally made the playoffs for the first time in three years and would make it all the way back to the Stanley Cup Finals once again. They would not win the Stanley cup this year, but it was apparent that this Leafs team had everything it to a new Toronto Maple Leafs dynasty.
THE LAST DYNASTY IN TORONTO The 1960s: After a surprising and successful run in the previous season, the Leafs would make it back to the finals again. But this time they would lose to the Montreal Canadiens in four straight games. Even though the Leafs couldn’t dethrone the five-time it could be seen that something was about to give. The Maple Leafs could compete with the defence of their stars Allen Stanley, Tim Horton, Carl Brewer, Bob Baun and their stunning goaltender Johnny Bower. The team would go on to build the power-house team by adding stars such as Red Kelly, Gerry Ehman, and Larry Regan. The last pieces of the puzzle would be Frank Mahovlich and young superstar Dave Keon. In the 1960-61 season Mahovlich fell short of Maurice Richards record of 50 goals in a single season by just 2 goals. This season seemed like the Leafs were going to win Lord Stanley’s Cup once again. The only thing that could hamper their rise to the top would be injuries. And that is just what happened. In 1961, the Leafs entered the semifinals against the Red Wings once again but this time their star players Bower and Kelly were injured and could not play to the best of their capabilities. The Leafs would fall to Red Wings in five games. But the Leafs were really close to success and the next season they would hoisttheir first Stanley Cup in 11 years, beating the defending champions on Dick Duffs winning goal in game six. Interestingly enough, the last time the Maple Leafs won the coveted cup was in 1951 on Bill Barilkos overtime goal. Barilko that summer vanished after a fishing trip and had never been found. After 11 years, and only after the Leafs had won their next Stanley Cup, was the crash site and Barilkos body found.The next season would be much like the last as the Leafs won the Stanley Cup yet again. Beating the Detroit Red Wings in five games. The 1963-64 season became the most eventful leaf seasons to remember. In the end, the Leafs won the Stanley Cup again to tie their team record of three Stanley Cups. Toronto failed to capture another Stanley Cup for the next two years as the Leafs players would again start to age and lose the aggressiveness. Through trades, the Maple Leafs would refill the roster with youth with names like Terry Sawchuk and Marcel Pronovost.
THE FAMOUS YEAR: 1967 This would be the last year that the Toronto Maple Leafs would win a Stanley cup, but it would not come without a price. By February 8, 1967, the team had lost 10 games in a row, coach Punch Imlach was sent to hospital with a stress related illness. The team was fortunate enough that former player, King Clancy, took over the team and was able to get them back on track. By the time that Imlach returned the team was on a 10 game winning streak and had the momentum going into the playoffs. During the playoffs, the Leafs,would face the offensively powerful Chicago Blackhawks in the semi-finals. It was a had fought series, but in game six the Leafs would prevail and win the series, setting them up for a matchup with their league rival Montreal Canadiens. Nobody gave the “Over the hill” Maple Leafs (10 players over the age of 30) any chance at winning the Stanley Cup again. In the first game of the finals, the Leafs, were beaten by a score of 6-2. In game 2, the seemingly ageless Johnny Bower, then 42, turned back time by backstopping the Maple Leafs to a 3-0 shutout to the Habs. Bower was sensational again in game 3 when the Leafs won in double overtime on a goal from Bob Pulford’s goal, give them a 2-1 series lead. Toronto would lose game 4 but that wasn’t the only loss for them that game. Goaltender Johnny Bower would be injured and would be lost for the rest of the playoff. He would be replaced by Terry Sawchuk. Now, with the series tied at two games a piece, it would be up Sawchuk to step up and carry the team to another Stanley Cup. In game 5 Sawchuk was astonishing and carried the team to a 4-1 win and put the team one game closer to its 11th Stanley Cup. In game 6, the Leafs would be up by a goal late in the third period and with Montreal’s goaltender pulled for the extra attacker, Coach Imlach would send out his veteran players to protect the narrow lead. Allan Stanley would take the face-off and dropped the puck behind him to where Red Kelly would beat the speedy Yvan Cournoyer for the loose puck. Kelly would then move the puck ahead to Bob Pulford, who would then spot a racing George Armstrong on the right side. Armstrong would take Pulford’s perfect pass, cross center ice, and shoot the puck into the empty net. The goal would put the score at 3-1 for Toronto and secure the Maple Leafs their 11th Stanley Cup. This would be both the last Stanley Cup for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the “Original Six” era as the league was expanding and doubling in size with the addition of six more teams for the 1967-68 season. It was the end of an era for sure. But it was not known at the time, it was also the end of the Maple leafs as a powerhouse in the NHL for many decades to come.
THE DROUGHT Late 1960s: The Leafs would not fare well in the expansion draft, losing some valuable players with some bad decision making. It was obvious that Coach Imlach was too loyal to his aging players that had been with him since his reign started in 1958. In the 1967-68 season, the Leafs would miss the playoffs and there would be a lot of tension in the locker room because of bad trades by Imlach. During the season Imlach would make an ill-advised trade with the Detroit Red Wings by sending Frank Mahovlich, Garry Unger, and Pete Stemkowski to Detroit for Norm Ullman, Floyd Smith, and Paul Henderson. Despite the trades, the Leafs would miss out on the playoff. It was easy to see that the magic was gone. Toronto would rebound in the 1968-69 season and make the playoffs. But they would be dominated by the aggressive Boston Bruins and their star player Bobby Orr. They would lose in four straight games. In the series the Leafs would be humiliated in Boston by 10-0 and 7-0 scores. As soon as the Leafs were swept, team president Stafford Smyth would confront Imlach and fire him by saying “the Imlach era is over”. THE NEVER ENDING DROUGHT The 1970s: With Imlach gone, the Leafs would carry on with new coach John McLennan and general manager Jim Gregory. Although the team would not make the playoffs that year, their low ranking allowed them to draft Darryl Sittler with the 8th overall pick. He would be the player that would dominate the Leafs through the 1970s and become the team’s second all-time leading scorer. Despite all the promise and success that would happen with this team, they would be knocked out of the playoffs in both the 1971 and 1972 playoffs in the first round. There would also be controversy brewing in the organization with the Leafs management. Leafs president Stafford Smythe and vice president Harold Ballard were charged with tax evasion. Smythe would die before going to trail, leaving the convicted Ballard to manage the team from a jail cell for a year. Ballard, however, would lead the former powerhouse to ruin. He would lose much talent to the newly formed WHA (World Hockey Association), leaving the few remaining players with one of the worst Leafs teams ever. The new general manager would go on a mission to rebuild the team roster, starting with acquiring Bob Neely, Ian Turnbull, and Lanny McDonald. He would then send scouts to Europe and would then signed soon to be superstar BorjeSalming. It would be on February 7, 1976 that Darryl Sittler would score ten point in a single game for the best-ever offensive game in NHL history, a record that still stands today. It would seem that when Sittler scored ten points in a single game that the Leafs seemed to have a new life, however, they were defeated in the next three seasons in a row by the Philadelphia Flyers. When the next season rolled around, coach McLennan would be fired and would be replaced by Roger Neilson. With yet another new coach, nothing seemed to really change the teams ability to make a strong post season push. Although the Maple leafs were a very close-knit team on the ice, the antics of owner Harold Ballard would unfortunately continue. In the latter part of the 1978-79 season, Ballard would fire Roger Neilson. But a few days later he would be re-hired when the player would confront Ballard about his choice. But after the season Neilson would be fired and this time Ballard would also left go general manager Jim Gregory in a verty surprising move to say the least. Ballard would make another big error in judgment when he re-hired former coach Punch Imlach to become their new general manager. Another “Imlach era” was about to start. The 1980s: Punch Imlachs second go-around as the Maple Leafs general manager would start off with a bang. In one of his first moves, he would prevent Leafs captain Darryl Sittler and goaltender Mike Palmateer from participating in the “showdown” series for Hockey Night in Canada during Intermissions. Before the season ended, Imlach would trade away nearly half of the roster including star player Lanny McDonald. Many eyebrows would be raised when Imlach would sign 39-year old Carl Brewer. With lots of turmoil in the city of Toronto, Punch Imlach would again be fired in September 1981. In January 1982, Darryl Sittler would quit the team and would be traded. Big changes seemed to be in full swing for the Maple Leafs. Rick Vaive, along with Bill Derlego would be acquired from Vancouver for Tiger Williams and Jerry Butler in one of the only decent trades ever made by new general manager Gerry McNamara. Vaive would be named captain and would go on to become the first ever player of the Maple Leafs to score 50 goals in a season. The Leafs would not experience any true success until later in the decade where they won a few playoff series, but would miss the playoffs in 1982, 1984, and 1985. Despite some early draft picks for missing the playoff so often, the big prize would come when the Leafs would draft Wendel Clark first overall in 1985. The quick fists of the tough junior from the Saskatoon Blades brought more excitement to Maple Leaf Gardens than any other player in the 1980s. He would take on all comer, including tough guy Bob Probert. Clark was exactly what the team needed especially since the Leafs were unable to properly develop their early first-round draft picks that might have been able to give the franchise a fighting chance. With Clark the team would achieve a bit of success by making it to the playoff in 1986 and 1987, only to lose in the second round in both years. The next season they would make it again but would lose in the first round. It only got worse in the last season of the decade when the Maple Leafs would miss out on the playoffs entirely. It was pretty obvious that the once great team was long gone. The 1990s: Before the 1990 season would start a lot of things changed in the city of Toronto. In April of 1990, the leafs owner, Harold Ballard would suddenly pass away. Shortly after Ballard’s passing, the Toronto Maple Leafs would be sold to supermarket entrepreneur Steve Stavro. The new owner would then hire Cliff Fletcher to hopefully lead his new team to success just like Fletcher with the Calgary Flames. One of the first moves made by the new general manager would be a seven player trade made with the Edmonton Oilers that would bring in goaltender Grant Fuhr and winger Glenn Anderson to the Leafs. Fletcher would then make a massive ten man trade with the Calgary Flames for Gary Leeman. In return the Leafs would receive Jamie Macoun and Doug Gilmour. Even though the team would not make the playoffs in the 1991-92 season, the team had a new young vibe. Things would seem to keep looking up when Fletcher would hire former Canadiens coach Pat Burns. Grant Fuhr wouldn’t stay long in Toronto, he would be traded to Buffalo at the trade deadline. But the Leafs were not to worry, they had a new goaltender named Felix Potvin. The 1992-93 would come quickly and the new-look Leafs would thrive by finishing in third place in their division with 99 points, it was an amazing 32 points better then the previous year. The Leafs would have a long road ahead of them in the playoffs. Toronto would fall behind quick in the first round. Facing a 2-0 deficit in the series to the Detroit Red Wings, the Leafs would hear the Red wings mocking them, saying that they we unworthy playoff opponents. But this was not the same Maple Leafs team as years before, coach Pat Burns would not let the team give up. The Leafs would rally back and in overtime of game seven would be when Nik Borschevsky scored, sending the team to the second round of the playoffs. The leafs would again need seven games to get by the St. Louis Blues, setting up are meeting with the “Great One” and his Los Angeles Kings. Most fans will never forget game six of that series. It was there that everyone would clearly see that Wayne Gretzky would clip Doug Gilmour in the face with his stick and leave a nasty cut. Referee Kerry Fraser would not call a penalty and Gretzky would score the game-winning goal to force game seven where the Leafs would fall to the Kings 5-4 and deny them from making it to the Stanley Cup since for the first time since 1967. The team would now have to try and carry their success into the next season. As the 1993-94 season began, the Leafs would go on a ten game winning streak and finish the season with 98 points. They would almost make it to the Stanley Cup finals, but would be eliminated in 5 games by the Vancouver Canucks. Before the start of the next season Cliff Fletcher would shock the city of Toronto by trading away hometown boy Wendel Clark to the Quebec Nordiques for Mats Sundin. He would be with the team for more then 10 years. Even though Fletcher made a bold move by trading away Wendel Clark, the Leafs would lose in the first round of the 1994 playoffs. In the next season the team would miss the playoffs by going on a late season slump. At seasons end, the Leafs would trade away Doug Gilmour to the New Jersey Devils and Mats Sundin would take over as captain. Fletcher would go on to make more moves but it was obvious that he was losing his touch and was let go after the team failed to make the playoffs again in the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons. It would be time to start a rebuild again. Toronto would hire Pat Quinn as there next coach and with the addition of free agent goaltender Curtis Joesphthe Leafs would rebound and make it to the “final four” in the 1998-99 playoffs but lost to the Buffalo Sabres. On February 13, 1999 the Toronto Maple Leafs would play their last game in the historic Maple Leaf Gardens. A week later, the Maple Leafs would play their first game in the new Air Canada Centre. There was high hope that with the new stadium, that the patient Leafs fans would once again see the Stanley Cup hoisted. The 2000s and beyond: The Maple Leafs would continue to improve in 2000, they would reach the 100 point mark and win their first division title in 37 years. They would make it to the second round of the playoffs in the 2000-01 season but would lose to the New Jersey Devils. The next season many of the players would be sidelined with various injuries, including their captain Mats Sundin. They would make the playoff once again but would lose to the Carolina Hurricanes in six game. That year, coach Pat Quinn and goaltender Curtis Joseph would be gold medal winners with team Canada in the 2002 Olympics. Despite many efforts to resign Joseph, the Leafs goaltender would leave for Detroit. Hopes of a comeback would begin with the leafs re-signing Doug Gilmour; however, Gilmour would be sidelined with a season ending knee injury and would miss the rest of the 2002-03 season. That year the Leafs would lose to Philadelphia in seven games and Doug Gilmour would retire at seasons end. In the 2003-04 season the Maple Leafs would amass a franchise record in points earned with 103 in total. They would again fall to the Philadelphia Flyers, this time in the second round in six games. This would be that last time that the Toronto Maple Leafs would make the playoffs for many years to come. The 2004-05 season would be cancelled to a lock-out. During the playoff droughtlong-time captain Mats Sundin and the Maple Leafs were once again looking for a general manager. With a lot of pressure on the club to get them back into its glory days of the 1960s, the Leafs would secure Brian Burke, who left the Anaheim Ducks to join Toronto in November 2008. He was quick to make a lasting impression by trading away the teams first round draft picks for the next few years to acquire winger Phil Kessel from the Boston Bruins. Once again the Leafs failed to make the playoff, resulting in Boston receiving the second overall pick and selecting future all-star Tyler Seguin. It would notbe until the 2012-13 season that the Leafs would make the playoff. Only to lose to the Boston Bruins in seven games. Toronto would blow a 4-1 lead in game seven only to lose in overtime and crush all the hopes and dreams of many young Maple Leafs fans like myself. It seems like things went back to normal in the 2014-15 season when the Leafs would have a very harsh season and finish with just 84 points. The only good sign of things to come are the young talent in the minor leagues for the Maple Leafs. During this off season Toronto has totally re-vamped the front office of the organization including new head coach Mike Babcock and new general manager Lou Lamoriello. Hopefully in the near future the Toronto Maple Leafs will get back to their one time greatness and end the drought that has been running for almost 50 years.

CONCLUSION

My findings conclude that there is a lot to know about the Toronto Maple Leafs. The information I have given is what I find very interesting and important to know about the teams history. The Maple Leafs have been in the hockey world for many years, and continues to be a major leader in the NHL to this day. To me, the Toronto Maple Leafs are more than just a hockey team. One of the greatest memories that I will ever have is watching a Leafs game here in 2001, when the Leafs played the Habs at Mile One Centre. Through watching them play, I was able to see how a team of players can truly come together. They do a lot of charity work and have many programs in the communities of Toronto. In reading this report, you are able to understand what happens to a hockey team over a long period of time. I really enjoyed writing this report, and even though I have been a lifetime fan of the team, I was able to learn many new things about the team. The most interesting thing I learned was finding out why the team was called the Maple Leafs. I hope that you have enjoyed reading this report as much as I enjoyed writing it.

WORKS CITED

No author, “Doug Gilmour.” Online, Accessed October 8, 2015, Updated September 28, 2015. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Gilmour No author, “Doug Gilmour.” Online, Accessed October 8, 2015. http://hhof.com/htmlInduct/ind11Gilmour.shtml No author, “History of the Toronto Maple Leafs.” Online, Accessed September 28, 2015, Updated April 27, 2015. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Toronto_Maple_Leafs No author, “Toronto Maple Leafs.” Online, Accessed September 28, 2015. http://thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/toronto-maple-leafs/ No author, Toronto Maple Leafs.” Online, Accessed October 8, 2015
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