From the Toronto Star:
“During the Leafs’ final game at Maple Leaf Gardens on Feb. 13, 1999, team staff collected ice shavings the Zamboni had scooped off the ice between periods. The melted ice was cleaned and purified, and poured into about 2,500 acrylic pucks. Within days, the entire lot had been sold for $50 apiece for a net profit of roughly $125,000.”
This from a team that hasn’t, and I believe WON’T, ever win a Stanley Cup again. Why should they? They’re the most profitable franchise in the NHL. They’ve been filling seats to capacity since the Ballard days. Now, however, the butts in the chairs are pinstriped; so much for a ticket boycott. Leafs Nation can’t afford a passport to the game for which it bleeds blue. And yet fans till buy in.
Ever feel like you’ve been cheated?