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SBD/September 19, 2013/Franchises
Leiweke Wants Leafs Fans Who Sit Behind Team's Bench Back From Intermissions Sooner
Published September 19, 2013
CHANGE OF MIND ON OLD PHOTOS? In Toronto, Dave Feschuk reported Leiweke made "an about face" on the decision to get rid of pictures of former players in the ACC's hallways. It "appears as though he’s beginning to grasp a few key realities about life in the centre of the hockey universe." Leiweke said he "wasn’t as diplomatic as he should have been." There are "many among the club’s alumni who appear willing to forgive and forge ahead while wholeheartedly backing the new CEO’s championship vision." Leiweke said that he has "reached out to ex-players who 'buy in' to his philosophy, and his efforts at bridge-building continue." When Leiweke "spoke to the throng at the team’s annual Leafs and Legends charity golf tournament a couple of weeks back, other luminaries of history said they appreciated his conciliatory tone." Former NHLer Bob Nevin said, "I think he’s sort of sorry he said what he said. I think he’s maybe realizing that people take their hockey seriously here" (TORONTO STAR, 9/18). Also in Toronto, Curtis Rush reported former NHLer Johnny Bower "talked to Leiweke to try to change his mind about taking down those old photos from 1962 that hang outside the Leaf dressing room." Bower said that a more in-depth meeting with Leiweke "will take place soon, perhaps next week" (TORONTO STAR, 9/18).
LIGHTS, CAMERAS, ACTION: The CP's Stephen Whyno reported HBO’s “24/7” crew yesterday made its first appearance at the Maple Leafs’ practice facility, “more than three months before the Winter Classic.” It was a “one-day cameo and a taste of what players and coaches will encounter once daily shooting gets underway in December for the league’s annual behind-the-scenes series.” Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said, “This is just a precursor to what’s coming. ... We’re not going to see them again, probably, till Dec. 1.” Carlyle "doesn’t think it’ll be a major change for his players, given the attention they already get in Toronto" (CP, 9/18).