Toronto Maple Leafs

Until recently it wasn’t clear to anyone in Ontario whether this is Toronto’s hockey team, lucrative sports franchise, or a 30 year experiment to determine how much damage autocratic management can do to a community amenity and national institution. Recently appointed president, Ken Dryden, who has been the most intelligent person in hockey since the 1970s, changed all that in three years and made it the NHL’s equivalent of the Dallas Cowboys. When the NHL wakes up and shrinks itself to the 20 or so financially viable franchises it can support, the Leafs may soon be the only NHL franchise in Canada.

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