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Toronto Maple Leafs Vs Hamilton Tigers and Tamil Tigers

Martin AverySenior Writer IMay 14, 2009

TORONTO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Joel Perrault #26 of the Phoenix Coyotes pokes at the puck as Anton Stralman #36 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates on the breakout play during their NHL preseason game at the Air Canada Centre September 20, 2007 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

Toronto is too busy dealing with protests over the Tamil Tigers to worry about the Phoenix Coyotes turning into the Hamilton Tigers and playing in their lucrative territory.

Protesters in Toronto have blocked downtown streets and an expressway to draw attention to the genocide they say is taking place in the their homeland. The U.N. recently demand the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka stop fighting and allow tens of thousands of civilians being used as human shields to leave the war zone.

The leader of the federal Liberal Party, Micheal Ignatief, ended a protest blocking the Gardeiner Expressway in Toronto by promiising to have the Tamil situation discussed in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa.

While Toronto is distracted by Tamil Tigers protests, the Toronto Maple Leafs were named the worst franchise in the NHL. Sports Illustrated recently ranked Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. as the worst owner in the NHL, according to a feature on their website SI.com.

The Leafs' ownership was called the "worst" for a combination of high prices and poor performances. The Leafs are considered the most valuable franchise in the NHL, but the team has not made the playoffs for half a dozen years or won the Stanley Cup for over four decades.

Meanwhile, down the highway in Hamilton, halfway to Buffalo, plans are being made to set up an NHL franchise in Leafs' territory.

Hamilton hopes a bid by BlackBerry billionaire Jim Balsillie will bring the bankrupt Hamilton Coyotes to Canada.

Hamilton's biggest newspaper has already named the team the Tigers, after an NHL team that played in the city in the 1920s.

The original Hamilton Tigers became the New York Rangers. The current Phoenix Coyotes could become the new Hamilton Tigers.

At a time when the rest of Canada is buzzing about the Hamilton Tigers, Torontonians have been forced to pay more attention to the Tamil Tigers.

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