MLSE's Leiweke Talks Culture Change, Accountability With Maple Leafs Ticket Holders
MLSE President & CEO Tim Leiweke last night during the Leafs Nation Season Preview event at Air Canada Centre told about 2,000 Maple Leafs season-ticket holders and other fans about "the new culture he promises to create," according to San Grewal of the TORONTO STAR. The evening’s theme was "accountability." The contrast between what the Kings mean to L.A. and what the Leafs mean to Toronto "clearly isn’t lost on Leiweke, who talked about the two playoff games he came to watch here during last season’s heartbreaking series" with the Bruins. He said, "What I saw those two nights blew me away -- it created a passion and a fear. I want (staff) to feel the pressure of 20,000 fans." Leiweke made it clear that "accountability to Leafs Nation begins with honest, open communication, something he hopes to achieve through the annual fan night as well as a yearly report that will be produced for fans." He said, "We don’t spin here anymore, we don’t spin ... we’re not going to knee-jerk with the media." Leiweke also told fans that they will "now be able to use or sell back their pre-season tickets" (TORONTO STAR, 9/26).