Back when I started pulling together thoughts around launching a site back in the summer of 2009, I’m not sure I had a clear vision of what I was hoping the site would become. I just knew that, after having followed the Toronto Maple Leafs—sometimes up close, sometimes from a distance—for 50 years, I had stories to share about Leaf players, games and moments from the past. I did not necessarily anticipate that VLM would become what it is now—a place where we remember the past but can also talk extensively about our thoughts, views and perspectives on the current club, its management and how the future looks.
And I’m very pleased with how the site has evolved. I very much appreciate the tone of those who comment here from time to time. Those individuals time and again provide legitimate insight, some humor, and strong, well-stated opinions. But those views are always presented in a thoughtful, respectful manner and for that I am very thankful.
I recognize that some fans may not have a deep and abiding interest in what has come before. They are Leaf fans and quite properly consumed with the present- and the foreseeable future. From my perspective, however, I can’t help but look back at and appreciate the history, the rich legacy, of what Maple Leaf hockey has meant to me for as long as I can remember. Blue and white in my life has meant Maple Leaf hockey, full stop.
I've written my own recollections of many of them (check out the "categories" section on the right-hand side of the site) and hope to continue to do so for some time yet.
The thing is, whether an individual spent one game or a thousand with the team, he will always be a Maple Leaf to me- and I’m sure to those who have a similar fondness for the team and an understanding of what it means to be a Maple Leaf.
Some of you have been kind enough to share your memories here. And I would love to see even more people share their personal recollections of times past, and their opinions on the Leafs as we see them now. I realize time is precious and it’s hard to find the time to write a comment on a blog site at times. But the more people who share their thoughts and opinions, the more inter-active and engaging the site will become.
If you do visit on a regular basis, leave a comment here and let me know. Or drop a line—I can be reached at Michael@prospectcommunications.com Without feedback, it's difficult to know if people appreciate this kind of site.
Last time I checked, visitors from 135 countries had dropped by the site. That goes to show just how widespread support for the Maple Leafs still is. It’s stunning, really. It’s not just a “brand”—the Leafs are something very special for fans around the world.
Again, thank you to those who have helped make the site a pleasure to pull together every day. I hope even more of you will take the time to say hi.