Toronto Maple Leafs fans show the love
The time is near. The Leafs are back. The playoffs are here.
Fans are pumped. The sun is shining. Patios are open.
Beers, sun and the Leafs? It’s true – the boys are playing hockey this spring.
It’s time to show our appreciation, and fans have done just that through videos.
Here’s a collection of some of the best to pop up on YouTube, featuring likely the best and most loved so far by fans: A Turn of the Tide, by Dave Kennedy.
Kennedy, 28, has a background in video editing and has been recapping the Leafs’ seasons for three years now.
For his first two season recaps, he tried to capture the “downtrodden feeling” of fans and Toronto; the Leafs had missed the playoffs, again. Bummer.
But this year, they’re back!
“It was nice to have one that had a bit more of a happy ending this time,” Kennedy told Bleeding Blue in a telephone interview.
Kennedy, who got hooked on the Leafs after watching Doug Gilmour nearly lead them to the Stanley Cup finals in 1993, has high hopes for the Leafs this post-season.
But, he’s also making sure to remain realistic as our matchup against Boston nears.
“I’m preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best,” he said, laughing.
Kennedy said he began creating the season recap videos to keep his editing skills sharp – his job a few years ago wasn’t giving him enough creative room – and now it’s a fun hobby, but also a networking tool.
“The L.A. Kings saw my recap of their series against New Jersey last year and contacted me to use it on their site,” he said. “It was awesome and has led to some work with the NHLPA.”
He plans to create a recap of the Leafs/Bruins series, whether it ends on a happy note for the Leafs or not. Keep an eye out for it…his Leafs season recap gets your blood pumping blue! It’s below.
Go Leafs Go! Cheers. (More videos, some as moving as Kennedy’s, others just funny, are inside the post.)
The videos below, up until the last one, and not including the Leafs fan one, are great recaps and highlight packages that will get your blood pumping blue just as Kennedy's may have...
This is the funny one, to me, at least...
Go Leafs Go! Cheers.