Uploaded by: Martin Arnold
This is just gorilla math, but here goes.
Roughly 1/2 the players in the NHL are from Canada. Give or take.
Roughly 1/2 of those 1/2 are from Ontario.
Roughly 1/2 of those from Ontario are from the GTA.
Again this just a rough guesstimate, but let's say 1/10th of the league is from the GTA.
That's two guys per team.
So every game the Buds face a couple of doods that are amped up and looking to make their mark. And it doesn't have to be a Wayne Gretzky homecoming for that to be a problem (tho that was indeed a problem). Na, every random dood from the GTA amps it up for the game versus his hometown team.
Remember Vince Dunn last year? The guy is a known commodity now, but a year ago not many people outside of St. Loo had heard of Vince Dunn. Till you guessed it, he comes into Toronto and plays like Bobby Orr.
And for his hard work, all his buddies in the GTA serenade him with a spray painted snowbank.
Tonight, it was Casey Cizikas' turn.
He's killing a penalty like his life depends on it, swings the momentum, and then the Leafs are fucked.
It happens all the time. Sure Tom Wilson is known for whacking people, but versus Toronto last month he notches a couple of points while playing like an uncaged gorilla.
Once you factor in riled up cowboys that hail from SWONT, and not necessarly the GTA, you pretty much face a crap-ton of doods every night that have the Leafs game circled on their calendars.