By: Canuck In The UK
The Leafs have always been a central part of my life and most likely each of the readers of LeafsHub. No matter how complicated life gets, we always find the time to watch and cheer for our team. Some outsiders may deem it strange but they just do not understand. They are not “real fans”. I am fortunate enough to have been alive the last time the Leafs won the Cup. Unfortunate to be too young to remember it. I am fortunate to have enjoyed many exciting moments of hope, entertainment, passion, with that one keen desire. To witness the next time “Leafs win the Cup” happens! Dynasty- yes please.
I am fortunate to have been able to travel to over 60 countries in my life. Fortunate for family. Fortunate for friends. Fortunate for health. Fortunate as to where life leads me. However, I am pleased to say that I am also fortunate for not only being a fan of this team (no fan of any other team will know what it is like or understand the feeling when a true Leafs fan gets to celebrate the next cup win); but also fortunate to be a member of this site (LeafsHub). Fortunate to be confident enough to meet “internet friends” which lead to Summits (at Scary Island and Marlies games). Fortunate enough to enjoy dialogue/debate/antagonism/laughs/life experiences with these “people” on this site. These “people” who are true fans…. and dare we all admit it.. “true friends”…
The insight on this site is second to none. First postings (not saying “first” but supporting the posts/authors). First tweets on rumours to first tweets on trades/signings/injuries/changes to the team. Detailed analysis on players/prospects/ team strategy/outlook/plans/development… Aspects of how to perform on the ice/how to coach/ subtle techniques on ice to improve a player’s capabilities… destruction of players around the league we share a common disgust.. criticism of weak contributors on the team… excitement on superstar prospects… in awe with skill of some stars and hopes leadership will lead to our ultimate goals. Live postings from the ACC/ Marlies games.. Live banter during the games.. during the draft.. “when are we trading Kaberle?”………. etc… Staying up until 3am living in Europe to see the Leafs blow another lead and make you stay up later to watch overtime.. (our shared experiences)..
However, the insight on the site is not limited to hockey knowledge. It includes the humanistic element of “life insight”… Some of us reach out for support. Some of us provide that support.. We are all different (in backgrounds, experiences, capabilities, wit, intelligence, humour etc).. but we are all equal in composition, interest and contribution to the site. When one goes “missing” it is noticed…. a single poster and we wonder where he/she is… that tells you the comradery and the Leafs slogan also relates to this site “the passion that draws us together”.
One poster, Bon should be quoted… in his words of wisdom “Hub is life”… I think this sums up so much. Someone or a girlfriend gets a new job, they want to post here.. we want to congratulate. Someone needs advice (Life, work, how to… ). we seek and provide here.. Additions/subtractions to family. (kids, dogs (sorry Tommy)… announced here..
Speaking of being fortunate- I am fortunate to have somehow found my way to this site. Fortunate for the friends I have discovered/forged here.
Lurker said this best “Hell, I spend more time with my Hub internet friends than my friends I know for years.. or sometimes family”… We get spare time.. we end up here.. at the mall waiting for the woman…. end up here.. in another country.. end up here.. insomnia- end up here..
However, lest we not forget.. the people that make this site exist .. Thanks Steven and Phook.. All the time the mods put in.. The writers.. The IT support.. BUT ALSO to the posters.. the readers.. the users.. the friends.. THE BEST LEAF FANS that exist.
Thanks..My first is complete.. More about the users/passion… Mathlete will make a comeback. Watch out for next one.. Will be on hopes/challenges and expectations of our players and prospects and predictions for 17/18 season..