Maple Leafs' fans deserve better: Leiweke

Tim Leiweke at the Air Canada Centre on Monday. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

Tim Leiweke at the Air Canada Centre on Monday. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:01 PM ET

As Tim Leiweke watched the final two weeks of the NHL season, surely he must have fumed.

There was no need for deep-rooted hockey expertise from the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president to sniff out players going through the motions without emotion.

What Leiweke witnessed — along with those who live and bleed with the team — was a group that a month ago looked like a cinch to provide ownership with at least one round of playoff revenue only to fritter away the opportunity.

That the Leafs did so with embarrassing play that was as soft as it was sickening, given the magnitude of the losing streak, had to make watching the debacle even more infuriating.

In the end, the collapse prompted an acceleration of Leiweke’s first major hockey move in the MLSE empire, an impetus that resulted in Monday’s unveiling of Hall of Famer Brendan Shanahan as the Leafs team president and alternate governor.


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