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Toronto Maple Leaf Fans Litter Ice With Beer - Stay Classy Leafs Nation


A couple weeks ago, the great Rich wrote an article about how the Toronto Maple Leafs are the NHL’s most embarrassing team because of their dirty play and lack of accountability. Today I’m not writing about the team being embarrassing, I’m writing about the fans and

particularly the fans that were at the First Niagara Center last night. The fans that felt the need to litter the ice with beer after the Leafs fell to the Buffalo Sabres in overtime on Friday night.

I get it, I really do. The Leafs haven’t been playing so well the last few games and then to lose to a team like the Buffalo Sabres who are last in the NHL and well on pace to become the worst team in NHL history is a tough pill to swallow. It’s like kicking a guy when he’s down, but that’s hockey. A team goes through hot streaks and cold streaks: They lose games they should win and win games they should lose.

That’s the beauty of this great game we love called hockey. But to litter another team’s home ice with beer because they beat your “mighty” team is B.S. Even worse than just littering the ice, some beer cans even hit Buffalo Sabres players who were celebrating the win. Come on guys, the Sabres don’t win often, especially at home, let them celebrate in peace will ya?

“After a home win you get beer cans thrown at you. We’ll take it” ~ Drew Stafford cracking jokes after the win.

Oh Leaf fans, sometimes you can be so childish. You make it far too easy for other teams and fan bases to hate Leafs Nation and throwing full beer cans at Buffalo Sabres has to be an ultimate low point. The NHL knows how you fans like to throw things on the ice, like your “waffle” stage a few season’s ago, but please leave those childish antics at home will ya?

The Leafs and Sabres have a pretty classic NHL rivalry as they are separated by a short 2 hour drive up the QEW and as a result the ACC is often filled with blue and gold and the First Niagara Center is more than often filled with blue and white, which can sometimes nullify the home-ice advantage for either team.

Since I live in Toronto and cheer for the Buffalo Sabres I’ve seen this rivalry first hand, including one game I got cornered by 3 drunk Leafs’ fans and thought I would have to fight to get my way out. There is just something about Toronto Maple Leaf fans who think they’re better than the rest of the NHL and it’s laughable at best. Yes the hockey passion runs through the veins of people in Leafs Nation but you really shouldn’t consume alcohol because it makes you do really, really, stupid things.

There are lots of ways to show your team pride when they’re on the road and the Sabres fans aren’t exactly angels themselves. Throwing beer at the opposition while they’re trying to celebrate a win has to be a new low.

Yes, the Toronto Maple Leafs lost the last place Buffalo Sabres in overtime, but it happens and it’s no reason to pout like little children who just got their favourite toy taken away and throw beer on the ice and at players. When you boo the Buffalo Sabres and chirp Ryan Miller with your “silver medal” and “Miiilllleeerrr” chants, that’s one thing and it’s kind of fun. But throwing beer at the opposition who outplayed your team is a whole different level. Stay classy Leafs Nation!

If Leaf fans should be mad at anyone for their OT loss, it’s not the Sabres, nor the refs, but the Maple Leafs themselves. They didn’t play well enough to win and then took a penalty which left them down a man in OT. That’s a recipe for disaster in today’s NHL.

To all the Buffalo Sabres fans reading this, do everyone a favour and DO NOT sell your tickets to Leaf fans please! Let’s try to win back our home ice advantage and make sure our boys don’t have beer cans thrown at them after wins. Maybe losses, but never wins! Remember to stay classy Leafs Nation, how would you like it if a team invaded your arena and littered the ice with beer?

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  • Kevin Canessa Jr.

    Well said, CC. As a Devils fan, I’ve always hated it when the fans of the NYR come to games against the Devils — but over the last few years, the percentage of their fans has dropped. And a lot of that is because STH and fans will not sell to Rangers fans. Sabres fans need to jump on board and do the same.

    • Jes

      Doubt that’ll ever happen. Usually we’re out numbered in our own arena which is pretty embarrassing.

      • Timothy Redinger

        Even when the team is doing well the Toronto fans will outnumber us. Always have always will. When you can sell all your Toronto home games at a high value that pretty much helps you pay for your season tickets – wouldn’t you? I hate that people do it from a fan standpoint, but from an economic standpoint – why not? If Leafs tickets at the ACC weren’t so expensive and hard to get more fans might get to see their team at home. The best thing we can do is make it miserable for them to come to Buffalo.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          It’s a lot cheeper for me to attend a game in Buffalo than Toronto

      • Caitlin Campbell

        It is quite embarassing and it happens against the Leafs, Habs, Sens and many other teams.

        • Jes

          Really I’ve never watched game in Buffalo before so ya I would not know.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I agree we need to stop selling to Leafs fans- except me because I’m really a Sabres fan from Toronto :)

  • Jes

    Absolutely despicable behavior. Well said CC. Now watch the Laugh Nation come on these boards and just ripping you a new one. Those bastards….

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Well, she didn’t make a joke about the Leafs logo, so she’s safe. I drew all of their ire that day!

      • Caitlin Campbell

        I know I seem to be safe… I’m shocked!

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Thanks Jes- glad you liked this one.

  • Kevin

    Great article CC. How does that happen that so many Queen fans get tickets. I always felt they buy them up soon as the schedule came out. But there has to be more. Can that many STH be standing in the mezzanine area selling their tickets? If I was a sth i would not want to miss this game. So they must be scalping them.

    • Dan

      Easy answer. Stubhub. On most nights, there are over 2,000 seats for sale at any given time. My Section 117 was selling for over $250 per ticket for the Toronto game. As long as season ticket holders can make such a high margin on their tickets, like it or not, the reality is they will continue to sell these games.
      I am from Ontario and I will go to my grave happy if the Leafs never win another Cup. Interestingly, from my observations the # of Leaf fans in Southern Ontario is declining….I bet no better than 25%.

      • Caitlin Campbell

        That’s a good point Dan- I’ve noticed a lot of folks in Southern Ontario do not root for the Leafs anymore. Is there dynasty falling? Could Markham steal some of their fans if and when they’re granted a team?

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I agree Kevin I would not miss a single battle between Leafs and Sabres if I had ST’s.

  • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

    I was just going to write a post about how many Leafs fans were in attendance last night, and their ridiculous behavior – but now I don’t have to! Nice work. I know the foul-mouthed fools who came out to jump down my throat two weeks ago don’t represent all the Leafs fans, and neither do the idiots who threw beer last night . . . but then again, I bet there were far more fans chucking beers than there were who visited this site to bash me. Pretty soon, the more sensible Leafs fans (if there are any) won’t be able to say, “They don’t represent all of us,” because it would seem that the morons do, indeed, represent a pretty big chunk of them.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I agree. I know some great Leafs Nation members on twitter and here in Toronto, but jeesh some of them just give the whole “nation” a bad name. take a loss like a man and just leave knowing the other team beat your team.

  • Timothy Redinger

    Where are the Toronto Trolls now?

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      No crap! At least I was only on the team’s case!!! lol

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Maybe they just agree with the fact their fans are embarrassing? haha

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  • mambobananapatch

    I apologize on behalf of us civilized Leaf fans. I don’t know a single one of us who would behave like that, and I certainly wouldn’t associate with them if they did.

    Sometimes I understand why people hate us.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      We full heartedly accept your apology! hahah glad you see it too