1. Paul Henderson Should Be Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

    “Here’s a shot...Henderson made a wild stab for it and fell. Here’s another shot right in front.....

    Mike Allder Written by Mike Allder about 6 years ago 377 reads 1 comments

  2. My Hockey Brother from another Mother

    It has been said that everyone has a twin somewhere in this world, a mirror image of one’s self. Whether it be physical appearance or personality, i believe we all have a twin, somewhere...

    Mike Allder Written by Mike Allder about over 6 years ago 108 reads 0 comments

  3. "Zap em' Punch, Batman's With Ya!"

    Besides the Slender Swede Borje Salming, my favourite all-time Leaf would have to be Dave ‘Tiger’ Williams. Tiger was a pugilist rough and ready Prairie boy who made the big leagues by not backing down and by taking on all comers...

    Mike Allder Written by Mike Allder about over 6 years ago 161 reads 0 comments

  4. In Search of Tony 'O'

    Bill Gardner played center for the Chicago Blackhawks back in October 1982. A quick, journeyman fourth-line offensive checker, Bill would toil for the 'Hawks in the starting lineup ...

    Mike Allder Written by Mike Allder about over 6 years ago 102 reads 0 comments

  5. "Commie Reds" Puck Off

    Over the course of persons life, many historic world events can be recalled just by remembering what a person had been doing...

    Mike Allder Written by Mike Allder about over 6 years ago 106 reads 1 comments

  6. Thank You, Ron Ellis

    How many hockey fans, if you were to ask them, could actually remember that exact moment they became a fan of the sport? Could they recall the exact moment when they were seduced ...

    Mike Allder Written by Mike Allder about over 6 years ago 509 reads 3 comments

  7. The Day the Blue Jays Were Born

    Wednesday, April 7, 1977, started out a sunny, mild, beautiful spring day. I remember this because I was starting my first job that day and I had to miss school. I walked about a mile from my apartment over to Dufferin Street...

    Mike Allder Written by Mike Allder about over 6 years ago 140 reads 0 comments

  8. Remembering Bjorn "The Ice" Borg

    The sport of tennis enjoyed immense popularity during the 70's and into the late 80's. Public courts were rarely empty and, when you were able to snag a court, playing time would inevitably be limited to less than an hour...

    Mike Allder Written by Mike Allder about over 6 years ago 776 reads 1 comments

  9. Walter Gretzky a Great One Too

    It was a warm, sunny, spring afternoon the day I first saw Wayne Gretzky in real life, real time. Gretzky was a skinny, pimply faced kid that walked out of the front doors of Maple Leaf Gardens that day back in March of 1980...

    Mike Allder Written by Mike Allder about over 6 years ago 245 reads 0 comments

  10. The Slender Swede, Borje Salming

    I still can recall the front page picture of a 1973 Toronto Telegram, or it might of been the Toronto Star. It was a black and white photo of the Toronto Maple Leafs newest acquisitions...

    Mike Allder Written by Mike Allder about over 6 years ago 1,529 reads 2 comments

  11. My Last Game at Maple Leaf Gardens

    It is hard to believe as I write this story that it has been close to a decade since I last walked within hockey’s greatest shrine, Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto...

    Mike Allder Written by Mike Allder about over 6 years ago 537 reads 2 comments

  12. What Does N.W.A.A. Mean?

    The best thing about working at Collegiate Sports Yorkdale was all my co-workers were a lot like myself, crazy about sports and around the same age...

    Mike Allder Written by Mike Allder about over 6 years ago 115 reads 0 comments

  13. Got 'em Need 'em

    Flemington Road Public School was the school I attended grades four, five and six. I remember the librarian of our school an older narrow faced woman yet I do not remember her name...

    Mike Allder Written by Mike Allder about over 6 years ago 228 reads 2 comments

  14. My Stairway to Heaven

    Wood Street was the street right behind the Maple Leaf Gardens. Leaf coaches, a few players would park their cars along the Gardens back wall during the day...

    Mike Allder Written by Mike Allder about over 6 years ago 80 reads 0 comments

  15. Section 90, Row A, Seats 6 & 7

    I remember the day like it was yesterday when a teammate on our men's hockey team asked me if I would be interested in sharing some Leaf season tickets...

    Mike Allder Written by Mike Allder about over 6 years ago 100 reads 0 comments

  16. George "the Referee In Chief"

    One of the oddest characters I have ever met was a fixture up in the West Greys at Maple Leaf Gardens for as long as I can remember going to Leaf games. George Stewart was a frail elderly man that looked like he weighed about ninety pounds soaking wet...

    Mike Allder Written by Mike Allder about over 6 years ago 99 reads 0 comments

  17. Superblades and Hockey Balls

    I grew up in a housing project affectionately known as “the Jungle.” My cash flow was usually very light since I never really got allowance and it never really bothered me...

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  18. Remembering The Roar

    Along with Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens, the old Chicago Stadium held so much mystique for me. So much, in fact that I was able to persuade three other friends to rent a car and drive the fifteen hours to Chicago back in the spring of '94...

    Mike Allder Written by Mike Allder about over 6 years ago 688 reads 0 comments

  19. How Forest Hill Arena in Toronto Changed My Life

    Forest Hill is an established, wealthy area in the City of Toronto , a place where privileged Torontonians live and raise their children...

    Mike Allder Written by Mike Allder about over 6 years ago 275 reads 4 comments

  20. My First Game at The Shrine ( Maple Leaf Gardens )

    I was eleven years old the first time I attended a Toronto Maple Leaf hockey game. The date was February 26, 1972, a Saturday evening and it had snowed all day in Toronto...

    Mike Allder Written by Mike Allder about over 7 years ago 817 reads 0 comments

  21. Ranee Field in Toronto

    Ranee Field was about a mile from my house in the Lawrence Heights housing project. (*see above photo, the upper blue star was Ranee Field and the lower, my apartment) It was located ...

    Mike Allder Written by Mike Allder about over 7 years ago 421 reads 0 comments