May 7, 2013
Leafs fan's 'Toronto Stronger' sign draws ire
Did mocking 'Boston Strong' go too far?
By QMI Agency

Toronto Stronger
Bad blood has boiled over between Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins fans.

Prior to Game 3 between the Leafs and Bruins Monday night in Toronto, images of a Leafs fan holding a “Toronto Stronger” sign outside Toronto’s Air Canada Centre surfaced online.

This comes a day after a YouTube video highlighted the apparent aftermath of a Leafs fan being coldcocked following Game 2 of their Eastern Conference playoff series.

An obvious attempt to mock Boston’s “Boston Strong” mantra, a phrase used in the wake of last month’s Boston Marathon bombings, the man’s sign set off a Twitter firestorm that remained the topic of conversation well after Boston’s convincing 5-2 Game 3 victory.

On Saturday, Kyle Hay, of Toronto, attended Game 2 in Beantown with six buddies to celebrate his 23rd birthday as well as Toronto’s return to the playoffs.

Garbed in a mask, blue Mohawk and Wendel Clark jersey, Hay, like his friends, was heckled throughout the contest — eventually won 4-2 by the Leafs.

“We had peanuts thrown at us, beer and cups thrown at us. The Boston fans that were in our area were totally cool, they were telling those people to stop because they were also being hit by it all,” Hay recalled on Monday.



Though he doesn’t remember anything after getting up from his seat when the game concluded, while leaving the arena, Hay got separated from his pals in a stairwell and was hit in the back of the head with a punch, knocking him out cold.

--With files from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun





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