Some things never change, I suppose. Especially when it comes to hockey and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
And now that I’m on a bit of a roll with neat old ads and stuff from old newspapers, I think you’ll find this very interesting. Because even though these Letters to the Editor of the Toronto Star date back to 1940, they very well could be today.
Hope you enjoy.
To the Sports Editor:
“Well, here we are at the end of another sports year. Living as I do in Hogtown (Toronto), I glance back through the months to count the renowned trophies that are now being displayed in Hogtown. But I seem to have lost track of some of them.
Can you help me out? Where is the Grey Cup, the Stanley Cup, the Allan Cup, and the Memorial Cup?
Where, oh where, can they be?”
“PS. – By the way, may I take this opportunity of lodging a protest over the foolish and most confusing custom of referring to hockey seasons in terms of two years, such as 1934-35, 1935-36, 1936-37 etc.
The hockey leagues have already opened their 1940 seasons. True, they beat the gun, but what difference? The 1939 championships were won last spring – in 1939. Why anyone wants to confuse us by tacking 1939 onto the front of the 1940 season is more than I can see.”
LETTER NUMBER TWO
“Being a constant reader of The Star I would like to express my objection to the remarks of President John Kilpatrick in Lester Patrick’s plan to cut down whistle blowing.
I have attended hockey and baseball games for over 20 years and have always made it my business to ask as many real fans of both games as possible what type of game they prefer.. Evidently Mr. Kilpatrick is an American so we will take his national game of baseball to start with. Nine out of ten ball fans would prefer a ball game ending in a 6-5 score to one finishing in a 1-0 score.
As for hockey, I would say the percentage increases. If you would make a survey of hockey fans here in Toronto, or anywhere else in the NHL, you will find it 12 to 1 in favour of a more open game, meaning bigger scores and lesser whistle blowing. After all, it’s the fans who keep the NHL in existence and it seems it is high time they were taken into consideration. Even if it is only to the extent of finding out if they want less whistle blowing and a more open game with more scoring. After all, you must remember the sports writer’s opinions and the fans who pay are often of oppoite views.
I don’t say go back to the old seven man hockey, but before the blue line was brought into effect there was some wonderful hockey played. Not all whistle blowing. Did you ever hear of a fan leaving a game that finished in a scoreless tie that felt he got his money’s worth?