Toronto Maple Leafs: Taking a Look at What We Once Were

AndrewCorrespondent INovember 19, 2008

With all the confusion and frustration surrounding the Leafs organization, I thought it would be nice to get some positive thoughts into our minds. For starters, I thought I'd share this quick video with you guys. Please watch it before reading the rest of the article (Sound is recommended).

Take a minute to think about that video. There's no doubt in my mind that we were once great, but did something happen to us? Where did we go wrong?

Instead of tossing names around and finding people to blame, let's just think back to those times, the times when we were actually proud to be Leafs fans. (We still are, well, some of us anyway.) We could go simply anywhere wearing a Leafs jersey, and still be able to lift our heads up with pride.

The first time I saw this video, I was speechless. It was hard to believe those were our Leafs.

Some of us may still remember those days. I sure do, and I was only eight. I remember wearing my jersey every night the Leafs played.

Close your eyes for a minute and imagine the Air Canada Centre. Think about all the former Leafs. Those were the Leafs that played with such passion and were just fun to watch. And those were the Leafs that took us to the 2002 Conference Finals.

Now, erase that thought and start imagining again, only this time with the present Leafs. That'll be us soon enough, skating our way into the playoffs, and giving it our very best. We have no Sundin, no Tucker, no Kilger, no Belak, and on top of that, we have no one left from that 2002 team.

However, it's a new beginning now. Instead, new guys will now be there, like Nik Hagman, Mikhail Grabovski, Jason Blake, Nik Kulemin, and Vesa Toskala.

We were once great, and can be great again. Even if we don't win the Stanley Cup in the next decade or so, the Leafs will always be great.

"Man's greatness lies in his power of thought."—Blaise Pascal