22 Things We Learned About The Boys In Blue From "All Or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs"
I want to Beleaf.
Growing up in Toronto, it's a rite of passage to be let down by the Maple Leafs. But, this annual dose of disappointment isn't enough to stop me from being hopelessly optimistic every time a new season arrives.
This year, Leaf fans got to relive the ups and downs of their boys in blue and white in the Prime Video series All Or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs.
Here are 22 things that stood out to me as I binged all 5 episodes.
1. Auston Matthews is particular about what he wears on and off the ice.
2. Sheldon Keefe has a potty mouth.
3. Joe Thornton brings the laughs.
4. Kyle Dubas has magnets in his office with every Leaf player's stats and contract details like its NHL 21.
5. Will Arnett bleeds blue and white.
6. Mitch Marner was that kid at school dances.
7. The Leafs have top of the line medical staff and equipment.
8. Kyle Dubas can rip a slapshot.
9. It's "all about the chem".
10. Jack Campbell is a human golden retriever.
11. Kyle Dubas was competing with at least 3 other teams to acquire Nick Foligno at the trade deadline.
12. David Rittich is a big Alvin and the Chipmunks fan.
13. Nick Foligno's dad was stoked that his son was joining the Leafs.
14. Thornton is a joker in the locker room but an animal on the ice.
15. The Leafs have their own secret club behind the scenes known as COFFEE GANG.
16. Leafs captain John Tavares named his sons Jayce and Axton.
17. Tavares' injury in Game 1 of the playoffs is even worse to see a second time.
18. Spezza is an old school stick nerd.
19. Sheldon Keefe did the best he could to rally the troops in Game 6.
20. Assistant coach Paul Maclean could see the demons lingering over Marner and Matthews.
21. Kyle Dubas reached out to Mitch Marner before Game 7.
22. Seeing Jack Campbell cry after Game 7 was worse than watching the Leafs lose.
As a Leafs fan I was nervous to relive the painful letdown that was the 2021 season. But if I've learned anything from my therapist, it's that we can't move forward without acknowledging our past. I think she was talking about hockey when she said that.
Kyle Dubas says at the end of the series, "From the outset of the journey of this team, their greatest successes are usually directly proceeded by their greatest disappointments. If the organization can stand with its convictions and continue to drive right ahead, it will be rewarded".
God, I hope he's right.