I have been an avid Leaf fan for more years than I care to remember, The 1962 Stanley Cup Game is still etched in my mind, Yes you read it correctly "62" not the last Cup of 1967 but the Cup of 1962, I was thirteen at the time.
This was the 1962 Toronto Maple Leaf lineup: Al Arbour - with his black rimmed glasses, George Armstrong - The Chief, Bob Baun - It was Baun's winning goal in overtime of game six of the 1964 Stanley Cup finals that made him a legend. Carried off the ice on a stretcher in the third period with what turned out to be a broken leg, Baun insisted on returning to the game, scoring a goal to send the Leafs on the road to their 3rd consecutive Stanley Cup, Johnny Bower - stop the puck with your face if you have to, Carl Brewer, Dick Duff, Billy Harris, Tim Horton - Mr. Muscles, Leonard Kelly, Dave Keon, Ed Litzenberger, John MacMillan, Frank Mahovlich, Bob Nevin who cost my father $52.00 in a hockey pool at work (a fortune at the time) by scoring a goal the leafs didn't need to win the game in the last few seconds of the game, Bert Olmstead, Bob Pulford, (Eddie Shack, "clear the track shack" one of the most entertaining players to play the game), Don Simmons, Allan Stanley, Ron Stewart. (Head Coach: Punch Imlach, - the drill sergeant) each player was a hero to us in his own right. My personal favorites are in bold.
So I guess for those that are not mathematically challenged you have figured out my age by now. My father taught me early on that Hockey Night In Canada was a way of life in our house. Without fail every Saturday and later on Wednesdays nights, we all gathered around the Black and White and watched the Blue and Whites, the Toronto Maple Leafs® battle in the glory days of the NHL with the Original Six hockey teams - Bruins®, Rangers®, Black Hawks®, Red Wings®, and the always hated Canadiens®. Things seemed to be much simpler then.
After designing www.TMLFever.com, www.TMLForum.com I wanted to see if there was a Toronto Maple Leafs Fan Association that wasn’t connected to the official site and to my surprise their was none so I started one, www.TMLFA.com, Toronto Maple Leafs first official fan association..
On one of the discussion boards a member said we should boycott the Leafs corporate supporters to move MLSE to give us a better team that could make the finals and possibly bring home a Stanley Cup. At first glance I thought it was a good idea but when I thought about it some more I realized I’d only be hurting the small independent stores owners if I supported this type of movement. Hence the birth of www.TMLBoycott.com. It just made sense that the best way to let MLSE know that 40 years of mediocrity is long enough to wait for a Stanley cup, would be to boycott the home opener or any one game during the season to make this point.
I hope you support my dream of seeing this come true one day.