Toronto Maple Leafs Aim to Look Past Laughter

By Anthony Sicilia
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

There is no denying that the Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the most recognizable hockey franchises within the league. The team and organization has a tremendous rich history within the game of hockey. A large portion of the team’s history involved winning Stanley Cups. The Toronto Maple Leafs are financially one of the most successful NHL teams to ever play the game.  In recent seasons which date back to 2004, Toronto has become a hockey team that is the topic of many jokes.

Head coach Randy Carlyle and GM Dave Nonis hope to use a formula that brings respect back to the team and organization. Some well-known Leafs jokes are Q: What do the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Titanic have in common? A: They both look good until they hit the ice! Q: Why are the Maple Leafs like grizzly bears? A: Every fall they go into hibernation.

Coach Carlyle and the organization are tired of the jokes and they hope to put a system in place that allows the once crowned jewel of the NHL to get back to their roots by winning some games. Toronto has currently played 24 games of a shortened 48 game season. Right now Toronto sits in fifth spot with 30 points.

Toronto is currently succeeding with the young guns that have been molded with the Toronto Maple Leafs farm team of the Marlies. If this type of hockey continues for the Leafs, you can expect respect to be restored into the organization once again.

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