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Maple Leafs: Catching up with the past


The Maple Leafs are in the playoffs for the first time in almost a decade. With that success – an accomplishment once considered routine in Toronto - they are restoring a city’s sense of pride in a team that has wallowed without a Stanley Cup since 1967. The current players are well aware that it is up to them to mend a tattered legacy while the 1967 Leaf heroes are ready and willing to, in the words of Ron Ellis, “pass on the baton. It’s been too long.”
Toronto Star reporters Joseph Hall and Paul Hunter check in with the hockey legends who last paraded a Stanley Cup down Bay Street to gauge their reaction to the youthful Leafs team that is capturing a city’s heart and to listen to the advice they have for those who may inherit their mantles. Colourful and entertaining, Maple Leafs: Catching Up with the Past will rekindle memories of a glorious spring from far too long ago, and speak of the hopes of a city for the coming challenge.

Paul Hunter has been a reporter at the Toronto Star for 26 years. For most of that time, he worked in Sports, where he covered five Olympics and enjoyed two or three years of good hockey during two decades as the Maple Leafs beat writer. Hunter has been nominated for a National Newspaper Award in sports writing and was named to the Maple Leafs media wall of fame. He joined the Star’s features team in 2011 and is nominated for a 2012 NNA for Project of the Year. Hunter previously wrote a Star Dispatches eRead entitled I Remember as well Life After Life.
Joseph Hall has worked at the Toronto Star since 1985. In that time he’s covered the medical, science and transportation beats for the paper. He’s also been a sports and feature writer. He’s won numerous national science and medical awards as well as major prizes for his news and investigative reporting. He grew up a rabid Toronto Maple Leafs fan through the Harold Ballard era and beyond, which taught him the meaning of patience, hope and heartache. He lives in Toronto’s Beaches area with his wife, a fellow journalist, and their 11-year-old son.


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