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Toronto Maple Leafs Oral History


By Fred Wallace


Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".

The Toronto Maple Leafs are on a 3 game homestand this week, including tonight's game when they host the Minnesota Wild.

One of the most remarkable observations in the last year came on Boxing Day when I was located at Leon's in Owen Sound.

Customer after customer after customer, entered the store, most of them wearing their new Christmas goodies; the most common and prominent items were from the Toronto Maple Leafs- hats, coats, tee-shirts, hoodies, key chains;... you name it.

Of course Christmas is more than a month away, but if you're looking for a gift and the receiver happens to be a Leafs fan, my suggestion would be the latest book from Eric Zweig; " The Toronto Maple Leafs; The Complete Oral History. "

It's not a story but rather a flowing history of quotes from the most notable people and the most notable games and moments.

Conn Smythe, Syl Apps, Punch Imlach, Darryl Sittler, Tiger Williams, Harold Ballard, Tie Domi and many more.

The Leafs haven't won much in the last 50 years, but as they celebrate their 100th season of operation, it's clear from the book they've had a lot to say, much of which has stood the test of time, all of which is documented in " The Oral History " by Eric Zweig.

I'm Fred Wallace

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