Photo courtesy of Colin McConnell (taken from http://sports.ca.msn.com)
Harold Ballard can be called many things, much of which cannot not be written here. Ballard was a shrewd businessman that wasn't afraid to do what was necessary to turn a profit, be it legally or not. As a result, he faced over 49 counts of fraud, theft and tax evasion, of which he was convicted of 46. He alienated many people before becoming sole owner the Leafs in the early 70's, and when he took over, he continued to micromanage and alienate those around him. He slashed long time employees salaries until they felt compelled to resign, and fought with star players like Darryl Sittler and Dave Keon.
Why is Harold Ballard taking over a memorable event? Because it symbolized one of the most lucrative yet bleakest periods of Maple Leafs history. This goes to show you that money cannot always buy you happiness.