How I was Brainwashed into Being a Leafs Fan

I’d like to say it started as all my interest in hockey started, with Mason Raymond. However, that would be a lie. The Leafs caught my attention last year during the playoffs against Boston. How could they not? I’ve always been a fan of the underdog and that series… it was something else. Additionally, I had a friend at the time that was a Leafs fan and, like most of my teams I follow, I paid attention so that we could discuss the games.

The first appearance of a “Go Leafs Go” on my Twitter timeline appeared on May 1, 2013, to be exact. In case anyone wanted to know.

The series ended and I back-burnered them. Completely forgot about them, according to this tweet in July. I drifted apart from my Leafs fan friend and the Leafs fell off my radar… For a little while. Not for long. Because then… Then they signed Mason Raymond to a PTO (Let me remind you of my processing this), and it was all down hill from there.

At first, it was subtle. “Oh, there’s no other teams playing that I care about and Mason Raymond is on the team, I guess I’ll watch them.” I caught a couple of his interviews, saw some pretty adorable gifs of him on the bench with his teammates. Like this one:

Source: I have no idea, sorry.

Some celebrating, like this:

Source: kane

And like this:

Source: cassylee

By September, I was actively searching out Leafs’ blogs and reporters, adding them on Twitter. One of my favorite Canucks’ bloggers just so happened to also cover the Leafs! So that brought me to reading even more.

When MayRay wasn’t on the ice, I went back to not caring about the Leafs… for awhile. That changed as they wooed me to their ways throughout the course of the next several months. 24/7 provided me with a snapshot into them and I fell in love. By November, I was actively calling myself a Leafs fan.

Soon after that, the Canucks started… whatever we want to call that horrific month of January. It was bad. Nearly everyone was negative about the team as they continued to downslide and be broken. I took comfort in that the Leafs were gonna be the Leafs and I didn’t have the high expectations for them that I had for the Canucks.

This eventually turned into listening to the Steve Dangle podcast and learning even more about the Leafs and following all the Leafs bloggers on Twitter and loudly cheering for them and taking solace when they didn’t utterly and completely break my heart (see: Canucks & Luongo, Canucks & Schneider, Canucks & Kesler, Canucks & Raymond… are you sensing a pattern here?)

So. That’s it. That’s how in less than a year, I was brainwashed into being a Leafs fan. They’re a fun young group, really and I’m excited to see where they go in the next few years. They have some amazing talent, a few bromances, and never fail to give me #hockeyplayerfeels.

30 in 30: Day 20: Toronto Maple Leafs

Soooo, I could go on for hours about my favorite player here. Mostly because he’s also my favorite player in the entire NHL.

Let’s bring this back to a couple of years ago, before I even understood the full game of hockey. A friend told me this story of a guy who had been severely injured in a hockey game and was fighting to come back into the game. I was intrigued because broken backs = D: So, I read up on him. And then I started watching hockey games, much to the delight of my best friend.

I fell in love twice over. Once with the sport itself and once with…

Mason Raymond (Vancouver Canucks, GDI, I hate you all)

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Story behind this picture. It’s from Nashville in April 2013. Taken by me. There was waving directly after. I miss him on the Canucks.

He’s a pretty damn good hockey player too. Underrated. Also, we probably could have used him Saturday night against the Flames, don’t you think? Hattricks for MayRay. [Source: ??? I had this saved in my favorites, if it’s yours, let me know]

Bromances. He had such good chemistry and friendships on the team. UGH MY HEART YOU GUYS. [Source: bieksas]

Mason Raymond. Good Dad. [Source: kane]

No, those aren’t tears. My contact just dried out. #brokenbromances [Source: deschneid]

He’s a lover, not a fighter. [Source: howthemoonshines]

Just break my heart all over again, MayRay. It’s okay, I’ll be fine. *sniff* [Source: markusnaslund]

It’s okay, I didn’t need my ovaries. Or my heart. [Source: officialblackhawks]

We have a lot of fond memories of you too, Mase. [Source: markusnaslund]

Even Dale Weise is embarrassed by whatever they’re saying. “Guys, I’m just trying to drink my drink, Jason Garrison, put your tongue back in your mouth.” [Source: juicepls]

You dance divinely. [Source: codyhodgson-9]

Nope. Nothing to see here. [Source: burrayeska]

I have like a million more but my heart is being torn to pieces looking at them. I’m sure you get the picture. Mason Raymond is my favorite ever and I’m unapologetic about it. xoxo

All images from tumblr. Please let me know if I have credited accordingly and/or you would like your image removed.

Canucks Pre-Season Started…

So… That happened. Anyone else feel like we never left the playoffs? Whose bright idea was it to have the first game after a long summer be against the team that eliminated us? (Probably the same person that said sign Sestito but not Lapierre.)

Speaking of former Canucks, let me wax poetic talk about the fact that Lapierre scored two goals in his first period with the Blues… I haven’t looked at his TOI but yeah… Added to that Mason Raymond’s gorgeous shorthanded breakaway goal and assist with the Maple Leafs… Anyone else miss them? (Reminder, Canucks brass, you could still sign Raymond. It’s only a PTO! YOU HAVE A LITTLE CAP SPACE!)

Monday wasn’t completely horrible though. I liked the look of our young guys, especially Shinkaruk. Eddie Läck will be the perfect complement to Lu… and not just on Twitter. I’m not ashamed of my adoration of Läck, the kid is seriously talented. And hilarious. And attractive but that is neither here nor there. But he had some nice saves.

Rumor has it Jordan Schroeder will be in the line-up and I’m looking forward to that. It would be better if he was centering Raymond and Hansen again though.

Why I waited to post this – more information was coming, obviously. I’m worried about his shoulder now. He played in the prospect’s games, but maybe he isn’t completely healed?

Image from tumblr.