Originally aired on CBLT-TV in December 1982 –  Frustrated Leafs fans are fed up during a dreadful 1-14-1 stretch before Christmas

Leafs owner Harold Ballard did not shy away from criticizing his players

Toronto’s 15-year Stanley Cup drought was the longest in the city’s history

By Christmas 1982, the Leafs were dead last in the Norris Division and in danger of missing the playoffs for the second straight year:

Chicago 23-5-6, 52 pts
Minnesota 19-10-7, 45 pts
St. Louis 13-20-4, 30 pts
Detroit 8-18-9, 25 pts
Toronto 5-21-6, 16 pts

The Leafs improved in the following months, posting a 23-19-6 record after Christmas and surpassing the Red Wings and Blues to finish 3rd in their division

One of the few bright spots were Rick Vaive’s 51 goals and John Anderson’s career-best 80 points


  1. “Every team in the NHL, has a guy from Ontario, Except one! GUESS WHO IT IS?!!! IT’S ONTARIO’S TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS!!! THIS GUY HAS NONE!!!!!!” Makes me think of Don Cherry’s screaming voice at Burke.

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