Notwithstanding Reports of its demise, Leafs-Canadiens Rivalry Endures

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Notwithstanding Reports of its demise, Leafs-Canadiens Rivalry Endures

A Journey into Hockey

Clearly, it is not what it used to be – back in the days of the Rocket, Teeter, Beliveau, Kelly, Bower, Worlsey, Imlach and Blake.

But Toronto-Montreal in hockey is not just another game.

There is too much historically and culturally to this match-up.

You may decline to use the word “rivalry” – though I think it still applies.

The cities remain competitive and there is so much that has occurred between the clubs.

Yes, I must admit that after 50 years I am actually pulling for the Leafs. They have paid their price.

I figure if the time has come for the New York Rangers, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians – all once perennial losers – to win, it must be time for the Leafs too.

So, I’ll make a deal – if I pull for the Leafs to be competitive, you folks from Hogtown will not oppose the reintroduction of the Expos.

OK ?

Finally, you say Leafs-Canadiens means nothing ? Hers is why it still matters, at least to some of us.