Fan For All Seasons : Following the 75 Year History of Toronto's Maple Leafs

Fan For All Seasons Following the Year History of Toronto s Maple Leafs A Fan For All Seasons chronicles the expansive history of the Toronto Maple Leafs years through the eyes of their most recognized and devoted fan year old Tom Gaston is the Leafs longest reignin

  • Title: Fan For All Seasons : Following the 75 Year History of Toronto's Maple Leafs
  • Author: Tom Gaston Kevin Shea
  • ISBN: 9781551682624
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Fan For All Seasons chronicles the expansive history of the Toronto Maple Leafs 74 years through the eyes of their most recognized and devoted fan 84 year old Tom Gaston is the Leafs longest reigning season ticket holder, owning seats for than 60 memorable seasons and attending games since the team s 1927 inauguration He was at the very first game played in MapleA Fan For All Seasons chronicles the expansive history of the Toronto Maple Leafs 74 years through the eyes of their most recognized and devoted fan 84 year old Tom Gaston is the Leafs longest reigning season ticket holder, owning seats for than 60 memorable seasons and attending games since the team s 1927 inauguration He was at the very first game played in Maple Leaf Gardens in 1931, and has been to every one of the Maple Leafs opening nights since He has watched the Toronto franchise play in nine decades, in three arenas and in eleven Stanley Cup victories and today, still attends most home games A Fan For All Season remembers the excitement of the Leafs first seasons in the 20 s, through the early years of the 30 s, the thrilling Cups of the 40 s, 50 s and 60 s, the frustration of the Ballard era passing through the Leafs dressing room in the 70 s and 80 s, the mixed emotions of saying goodbye to Maple Leaf Gardens in the 90 s and the anticipation of a Stanley Cup victory in the new millennium Over the years, Tom Gaston has become a personal friend of the Maple Leaf organization and with many of the players and management, both past and present Through his close relationship he has enjoyed special honour and privilege and candidly recounts the many entertaining and exciting events he witnessed and participated in during his 74 years as a Maple Leaf Fan A Fan For All Seasons takes a highly personal and very original historical perspective on the Toronto Maple Leafs, one of the NHL s most storied franchises.Author Biography Tom Gaston was recently featured in a Sports Illustrated article, profiling him as an extraordinary fan He appeared ina MasterCard television commercial describing Bill Barilko s 1951 Stanley Cup winning goal and his photo graced the tickets for the Toronto Maple Leafs opening night of the 2000 01 season He has been an active volunteer at the Hockey Hall of Fame for over 20 years and for his commitment, the honoured member inductee book has been dedicated in his name and reads, In honour of Tom Gaston, a great friend and volunteer of the Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum Dedicated, Friday November 4th, 1994 Tom Gaston passed away January 2002.Kevin Shea is a native of Windsor Ontario, where he played junior A hockey He recently co authored Centre Ice, the Smythe Family, the Gardens and the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club, with Tom Smythe and is currently working on his next book with retired Maple Leaf star, Ron Ellis, releasing Fall 2002.

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