Being an avid hockey fan as well as a Toronto native, Mark Rivkin is a loyal Maple Leafs fan. When he’s not competing on the ice during his free time, Rivkin tries to catch a game or two whenever he can; and we are all certainly glad that the NHL lockout is finally over so we can get back to enjoying the sport we love.
The Rivkin Hockey Review wanted to take an in depth look at our hometown heroes and one of the “Original Six” league members. Officially the Maple Leaf’s organization is the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club, and the pro ice hockey franchise is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They are a part of the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the NHL, and the club has won thirteen Stanley Cup championships.
Shortly after the National Hockey League was formed in 1917 (as discussed in Mark Rivkin’s History of Hockey review), a pro ice hockey team known simply as “Toronto” was formed, along with the other original charter members which included the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators and Quebec Bulldogs. Toronto’s first game took place in December of 1917, and was played against the Montreal Wanderers. Unfortunately we lost that game!
Today the Toronto Maple Leaf’s primary rival are the Montreal Canadiens, and the team competes at the Air Canada Centre, which replaced their home since 1931, Maple Leaf Gardens. General manager Dave Nonis calls the shots, and head coach Randy Carlyle rounds up the troops.
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