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Leiweke wants to be a ‘hero’ in Toronto

Jul 17, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT

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You could practically hear the snickering when new MLSE president Tim Leiweke proclaimed earlier this week that he’d already planned the parade route for when the Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup.

It was a bold statement made even bolder by the fact the Leafs haven’t even been to the Cup final, let alone won it, since 1967, which just so happened to be the last year the NHL was comprised of only six teams.

Leiweke’s confidence also conjured up memories of another MLSE executive who once talked a big game.

Remember this? “The guy that turns this team around and wins a championship here, they’re going to name schools after him.”

That was Brian Burke back in 2008 when he was hired as the Leafs’ president and general manager.

Burke, of course, no longer has that job. But that hasn’t stopped Leiweke from making similar statements.

“The idea of winning is very intriguing because whoever does do that here is going to be a hero,” he said in an interview with the Toronto Star.

Granted, we’re not sure if anyone would actually consider Leiweke a “hero” if the Leafs (or the Raptors, or Toronto FC) won it all, especially given his role is more to do with business than player personnel.

But we suppose if it’s true that winning starts at the top, Leiweke will deserve credit, as he received in Los Angeles when the Kings won the Cup in 2012.

PS — Leiweke also said if James Reimer is anything like Jonathan Bernier, the Leafs “have the best tandem of goalkeepers in the NHL.” Which is another pretty bold statement considering those two goalies have combined to start just seven playoff games in their entire careers.

  1. tmlhockeyfan - Jul 17, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    That’s nice and all, but we’ve heard this all before. It’s the same the they all say whenever anyone takes over a new team. “They want to build a winner”, “They want to make the fans proud”, etc. Who doesn’t? Let’s see some results.

    I’d be happy if he can just make the Toronto sports teams respectable again. I think the Argos are the only team that’s NOT one of the laughing stocks of their league. Leafs, Raptors, TFC, none get much respect. Leafs seem like they’re on the right track, but anything can happen (and usually does, in Toronto’s case)

    • sunderlanding - Jul 17, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      Who cares about other sports? If the Leafs can be a respectable team again that’s all I need.

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 17, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Memo to Tim: Keep quiet. Make the Stanley Cup playoffs again. Win 16 games. Then make noise.

  3. kingsfan93 - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Yo TL, just keep your mouth shut you douch. First you compare the popularity of hockey between Toronto and Los Angeles, when that is like comparing Lakers and Raptors. Now you talking about a Stanley Cup parade. What is next? You going to get Crosby?

    • nightfireop - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      you took the words right out of every kings fan’s mouth.

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