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Leafs GM thanks fans with open letter

Apr 23, 2013, 6:49 PM EDT

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Sometimes an event is so surprising that it needs a repeated mention: the Toronto Maple Leafs are officially going to the 2013 playoffs.

Buds GM Dave Nonis decided to celebrate this moment (and thank fans for sticking things out since their last postseason berth in 2004) by sending an open letter to Leafs devotees. Here are a few of the highlights (click this link for the full letter).

“On behalf of the entire Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club, I would like to extend a sincere thank you for your continued loyalty and support.

Leafs fans are the most passionate and dedicated in all of hockey.

Your presence at Air Canada Centre and in our opponent’s rinks does not go unnoticed.

You are valued members of our team.”

One almost expected a group hug to follow that letter.

Certain aspects of playoff positioning are still up for grabs in the East, yet you can’t blame the Maple Leafs for taking a little victory lap here and there.

  1. 19to77 - Apr 23, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    “… which is why you’re going to sit there and take it with a smile when we jack ticket prices 75% just for making the playoffs.”

    MLSE hates no-one quite like it hates Leafs fans.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:06 PM

      Good thing fans will only have to pay those marked-up prices for two games.

      • 19to77 - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:08 PM

        Yup. Douchey, exploitative move either way though.

    • sunderlanding - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:20 AM

      Unlike the other NHL teams that lower prices during the playoffs? Grow up moron it’s a business.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    The unfortunate thing is the reason the ACC is full is because Leafs tickets are a commodity, a networking asset on Bay Street. That building is quiet. When the real fans try to get a good ‘Go Leafs Go’ chant started it just doesn’t work. Maybe the playoffs will rejuvenate things but I’m doubtful. Fans, myself include to a degree, have become very jaded and cynical.

    • timsabourin - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      cheer up buddy we’re going to the dance!

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:04 PM

        I’d love to, but they need a string of playoff appearances before they regain that late 90s-early 2000s atmosphere.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:07 PM

  3. operwapitsai - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    I love when teams and franchises do this. it really helps make the fans feel involved, and it will definitely help them get that place bumpin’ in the playoffs too!

  4. atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    No mention of the fact that this team was built by Brian Burke? Should be fun next year, after Nonis puts his “stamp” on the team and they go back to missing the playoffs, when the fans start asking why they fired Burke?

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      This is a tough one. Burke built a damn good team. He also kept on a coach that didn’t help them (at best) because of some misguided personal loyalty.

      Burke is no Ballard. Burke is no Stavros. That’s all there is.

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