The Curse of the Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs - Losers since '67Hello out there we’re on the air, it’s hockey night tonight…

It is the time of year where Torontonians bleed blue blood and although our team is the worst in the league, our passion for hockey is unwavering. Unfortunately, this year we have already been voted the worst franchise in ANY league before the puck even dropped.

Still we hold second for the most cups ever won, and at one point the Leafs were a team not to be messed with, so how did we become so bad? The Curse of the Maple Leafs is a folklorish tale involving death, missing players and 46 years of barely coming close to a cup. For any Tragically Hip fans, you may be familiar with part of this story.

It all started with Bill Barilko, a Leafs defenceman that (only had scored six goals during regular season,) scored the winning goal after meeting up with Canadiens in five consecutive over-time games in 1951. At this point the Leafs and the Canadiens were competitive rivals and battled regularly for the hockey reign. But all of Barilko’s glory was short lived, as he went missing four months later on a fishing trip.

As The Tragically hip wrote in their hit song Fifty Mission Cap, Bill Barilko disappeared, that summer, he was on a fishing trip. The last goal he ever scored, won the Leafs the cup. They didn’t win another, ’till 1962, the year he was discovered.”

And that’s the truth! They won the cup in ’42, ’45, ’47, ’48, and ’51, but after Barilko’s disappearance they didn’t take home a cup for 11 years, until Barilko’s body was found in 1962 in a plane wreckage 36 kilometres off course. He was on his way home from Quebec where he was on a fishing trip with his dentist.

The Leafs didn’t win another cup for another 11 years after they found Barilko either. In ’62, Leaf lovers thought their curse was broken and they continued to win three consecutive cups and four in total that decade (’62, ’63, ’64, ’67).

They’ve not had a single cup since. 46 years since Toronto gained the glory, although we still are number two for most cups won.

Also, in ’62 Conn Smythe, the owner and coach who dubbed their grammatically wrong name Toronto Maple Leafs”, sold nearly all of his shares to his son, Stafford and a couple other conglomerates. Immediately following the transaction, the Leafs won a hat-trick of cups, along with the victory in ’67.

Soon after Stafford fell ill and died in ’71. All of his shares were quickly bought by his partners and Maple Leaf Gardens commercialized, ripping out the 48-year-old gondola games were once broadcasted in, replacing them with private boxes. The Gardens slowly became more tainted and was sold and turned into a Real Canadian Superstore in 2004.

During the 70’s, the World Hockey Association was born and 12 teams were added. Everything we knew and loved about hockey was changing forever. What does that say about our beloved Leafs? Once triumphed over all others (minus those Habs) now voted worst team, ever. Yet still social media is filled with banter about how this year is going to be the year.

How has this become of the team that once introduced Wendel Clark, Darryl Sittler, Doug Gilmour and Felix Potvin, who coincidentally all made names for themselves on other teams.

What is it that has stained the franchise so? Barilko? Smythe and The Gardens? Although Toronto is the NHL’s most valuable team, valued at 1.15 BILLION DOLLARS, it is no longer the team of Johnny Bower and Tim Horton, (both who have been idolized by corporations,) all of that revenue has not made a difference in our success rate.

One thing we do know- The Leafs are cursed!

Oh the good old hockey game, it’s the best game you can name…

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Mediavandals’ Third Canadian Country Music Awards Nomination

ico1The Vandals are at it again!

As the Canadian Country Music Awards approach, the Mediavandals have been honoured with a nomination for Album Design of the Year. They’ve been nominated for the album “Light Up The Night by up and coming artist and Saskatchewan native Jess Moskaluke who has recently received a gold record for her single “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes.

The hardware will be given at the first award show kicking off Country Music Week in Edmonton. These awards highlight the best and brightest professionals in various achievements and Mediavandals privilege to embrace their third consecutive nomination to date.

With country music expanding and competition getting fierce, this nomination only accentuates the amount of dedication the team gives on every project. Over 3 million viewers turn in to these awards, although the industry awards will not be televised, you can see why such recognition is pivotal for the future success of MV.

This is the success achieved by working hard and dreaming big!

Hey Romeo’s Twist of Fate, Chad Brownlee’s Love Me Or Leave were their first shots at the industry gold and they’re hoping to take it home this year. The Canadian Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Awards, specifically the industry awards will begin September 4th.  Wish them luck!

 

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Established in 2009, Mediavandals is a full service design firm based in Oshawa, ON.  Lead by Sheila Hash and Brandon Heard, the team brings decades of experience working with a bevy of clientele across a wide variety of industry, whilst specializing entertainment.  Past clients include pro athletes Kevin Miehm and Adam Foote (formerly of the NHL), radio show TSN SportBeats, Hey Romeo, Chad Brownlee, Ubisoft (Just Dance, Rocksmith) and the Beaches International Jazz Festival.  Key services include: Web design & development, graphic design, social media, monetized Internet marketing, branding services and e-commerce solutions.