Toronto Mike

Do It For Her, Leafs: How I Measure The Drought


I remember Maple Leaf playoff hockey.  Here's my entry following our last playoff game on May 4, 2004.  At a quick glance, 2004 might not seem like that long ago, so I'd like to offer you some perspective.

This is my daughter.  Soon, she'll turn 8-years old.


She was born after the Leafs' last playoff game meaning the Maple Leafs have never played a playoff game in her lifetime.

She, essentially, is the measuring stick I use when actualizing this drought.  She's about to finish grade two.  She's fluent in two languages.  She's got interesting ideas and a great sense of humour and there's no telling when I'll be able to sit down with her to watch Maple Leaf playoff hockey.  Will it be next year?  When she's ten?  We seem as far away today as we were the day Burke was hired.

I'm done with Leafs hockey for the year, and it's only March.  Complete apathy is setting in, yet still I yearn to share playoff hockey with my kids.  If the Leafs won't do it for me, maybe they'll do it for her.

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