|The Shirt, The Myth, The Legend.|
I remember going to my first Kings game, I didn't wanna go, I was going through that phase where I hated everything my parents liked. I don't remember the game itself, but I remember the ride home after, and all I could think or talk about after that was hockey. I was hooked. I watched every game I could, I asked my parents for tickets for my birthday, I even wore Kings stuff to school every day. I surrounded myself with everything I could related to hockey, and along the way I obtained a Curtis Joseph Maple Leafs shirt. I have no idea where the shirt came from, I don't know if the shirt came before I established the Maple Leafs as my secondary team or after. I like to think that the shirt appeared one day and that sparked my fandom. All I know is that this shirt has become my lucky charm. I wore it all the time as a kid, as much as I could. The shirt was quite big for me when I was younger, but that didn't stop me. I've moved quite a few time since I was a kid, and I've gotten rid of a lot of my possesions, but one thing I've always kept is this shirt. I wear this shirt all the time still. I bring it with me when I travel, I wear it when I play hockey, I keep it near me whenever I need a little luck.
The other thing that this shirt has brought me is my love for the Toronto Maple Leafs. I loved watching the Leafs as a kid. They had that aura, the legendary franchise that my Kings could never be. They're an original 6 team, they're fans reach around the globe, and every game I watched on TV seemed so epic. Hockey Mecca is what the Leafs meant to me. Cujo was easily my favorite non-Kings player, what a goalie he was. Mats Sundin was such a class act, how could you not love him. Ever since that shirt magically appeared the Leafs have had a special place in my heart. I still love the Leafs today, through thick and thin I've been there. From Cujo to Kessel and beyond.
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