As much as people may laugh at the concept of the Leafs winning the Stanley Cup, I actually take this seriously.
Ever since I was a kid, I have always wanted to see the Maple Leafs skate around the ice with their hands in the air, celebrating. The crowd in the background, cheering and yelling while they see their team skate around the ice carrying the greatest trophy in all of professional sports, the Stanley Cup.
Sadly, though, the Leafs haven’t achieved this feat since the year 1967, when the great George Armstrong raised the Cup in the old Maple Leaf Gardens for what would be the last time. Since then, many teams have come close, but even greats like Doug Gilmour and Darryl Sittler could not bring home the Stanley Cup.
So what now?
What can fans do to cope with the fact that we haven’t won a championship in 41 years?
Fans can think. Fans can imagine greater times to come. But will they come?
Maybe they won’t. Maybe we will be left with just a dream, with no possibility of it coming true. The team always coming close, but never being able to achieve the ultimate goal.
But I refuse to believe that.
I think that there will be a time when this horrible wait for a championship will end, and we will see the greatest celebration this town has ever seen.
I know that when this happens, I will be there, with a huge smile on my face and a tear in my eye. Hugging the closest person around me, celebrating the biggest feat of all feats—bringing the Stanley Cup back home where it belongs.