The Lighter Side of Hockey: A Toronto Maple Leafs Christmas Story

December 24th, 2010 by Jon Neely Leave a reply »
Ah yes, Christmas. A time to spend with family and friends, sip eggnog, and receive cards from people you weren't sure still existed.

It's the most wonderful time of the year (though some would argue playoff time rivals it) and allows people to take a few days and step back from their lives and enjoy the holiday.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, though mired in yet another slump, still took some time out of their busy losing schedule to hold their annual Christmas Party. Here is an eyewitness account of the night that was. 

It all began with rumours swirling about Tomas Kaberle. His father was accused of telling a Czech newspaper that his son not only hated the team's coach, Ron Wilson, but would not be attending the evening's festivities because of it. 

Amidst the speculation Kaberle showed up, and walked in the room wearing a large white beard. I sheepishly asked him who he was supposed to be and he replied,

"No-Trade Claus."

Of course. 

He couldn't be reached for comment at the time, but word is GM Brian Burke supported Kaberle's beard at the party, and would not ask him to remove it under ...

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