As I mention on today’s show, we all have our own “favourite” players—and we have our own reasons. Someone who is a favourite of mine may be a player you don’t even like. It’s subjective, it’s personal, and that’s why these discussions are enjoyable. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to personal “likes”.
There isn’t always a rhyme or reason for why we gravitate to certain athletes—kind of like why we first started cheering for a particular team in the first place. But loyalties tend to run deep and all things being equal, once we decide we really like somebody, that rooting instinct seems to be there (in most cases) for life.
Everyone who visits VLM has their own “list”, I’m sure—Leafs past or present who are a bit special to you as a Leaf supporter. And that’s as it should be. The individuals I talk about in today’s podcast all, in my view, distinguished themselves in a Maple Leaf uniform. They are all part of not only my personal Leaf memory bank but also, in my opinion, an important part of the Maple Leaf legacy.
I won’t go through all the names I talk about on the show, but I do discuss a few Leafs who did not make my “Top Ten” ranking. But they may just be on yours.
Nonetheless, if, like me, you developed a fondness for star players like Dickie Duff, right, (or in today’s terms, a Phil Kessel, say) or some lesser-known blue and white alumni who evoke great memories for you, it's nice to have this kind of discussion from time to time.
I hope you enjoy Episode 14.
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