TRH GAMEDAY 31 – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: Cry Sticking

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Greeting Kings fans! Jesse Cohen from All The Kings Men here!

It’s that time of year again Kings fans! No, not Christmas, it’s the time of year that the Kings travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs and we get to hear all about that one time Wayne Gretzky high sticked Doug Gilmour.

http://youtu.be/RgRTQvXM5Mc

For Kings fans this moment is a delightful little foot note on the amazing run the team made before finally losing to Montreal in the Stanley Cup Final. Many Kings fans may not even remember it. Heck many Kings fans may have never even heard of it.

If you lived in Toronto, however, this simple oversight by the refs would be a part of your daily life. It would be ingrained into your personality. It would be the specter of dashed hopes that tormented your every waking moment. The nagging, ever present “what if?” that haunted your dreams, a nightmare lurking in your closet or huddled under your bed. An existential crisis you could never escape.

Think I’m exaggerating?

Go ahead and do a twitter search including any variation of the words “Gretzky” “high-sticking” “93” and/or “Gilmour”.

Then cancel all your appointments for a week.

https://twitter.com/MapleBudz/status/542463729690873856
https://twitter.com/A_Childers_/status/542351885878165504
https://twitter.com/MattDonau/status/540526459312275456


https://twitter.com/AG1181/status/535184343430594561


https://twitter.com/draglikepull/status/533065360661315586


https://twitter.com/aaron_luyten/status/522216069675896833

It’s pathological. Leafs fans can and will turn literally ANY conversation into an excuse to bring up that blown call from 1993.

1993!

Do you have any idea how long ago that was in hockey years?

Phoenix, Colorado, Carolina and Dallas were still Winnipeg, Quebec, Hartford and Minnesota.

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That’s what hockey logos should look like.

Conferences and Divisions had cool names not just geographical designations and whatever “Metropolitan” is.

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Smythe 4 Lyfe!!!

The Mighty Ducks were still just a team from District 5.

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Remember when the world thought goalies were always the fat guy?

Martin Brodeur had only played 4 games for the New Jersey Devils and looked like Rod Farva.

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OK he still looks a little like Farva.

Jaromir Jagr had already won the Stanley Cup twice but hadn’t yet sold his soul for eternal youth.

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Somewhere in Pittsburgh is a painting of Jagr that ages for him.

Teemu Selanne had a career year. As a rookie.

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Man I miss the Winnipeg Jets. The REAL Winnipeg Jets. Not the Thrashers.

Gary Bettman had been Commissioner for less than a year and hadn’t locked out the NHL a single time.

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 The Instigator Penalty had just been created.

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It’s probably the only thing less popular than Bettman.

An entire generation of players has come and gone since 1993 and while the Maple Leafs have added considerably to their list of grievances, they still can’t seem to let go of that one moment in Game 6 of the Campbell Conference Finals. I suppose it’s difficult to be TOO critical of them. It was the closest they’ve come to winning the Stanley Cup since 1967. That’s right. The last time the Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup there were 6 teams in the NHL. Up until 2012, the Leafs and Kings had played the exact same number of seasons without winning the Stanley Cup and as Kings fans we had our own horrible memories left over from 1993. It took a long time but I really think we, as a fan base, moved on and conquered those demons. I’d like to let Maple Leaf fans in on the secret to letting go of the past. There’s one simple thing you can do to forget all those disappointing moments and heartbreaking losses….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch your favorite team win the Stanley Cup. Good luck with that.

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