(November 15, 2004) -- Leafs Nation - The Magazine the popular official publication of the Maple Leafs fan club, hits the shelves in bookstores and newstands across the province this month.
Here, mapleleafs.com gives you a chance to preview the magazine with two excepts. The first is from the cover story featuring Doug Gilmour, the former Leafs captain who first captured the hearts and emotions of Leafs fans in the early 90's. In the second, Leafs Nation gets to know Toronto rockers The Tea Party, who have released their seventh album Seven Circles.
Killer turns the page and finds happiness (and tee times) in his next 30 years.
By Stephen Night
Toronto has always been a good sports town, but it was a special place to be for sports fans in the early 1990s.
The Argonauts of the Canadian Football League won the Grey Cup in 1991 and the Blue Jays, riding the flashy confidence of Roberto Alomar and the big stick of Joe Carter, won back-to-back World Series titles, the second, in 1993, in heart-racing, walk-off-home run fashion. But nothing grabbed the attention of the city like its beloved Toronto Maple Leafs returning to playoff glory, even if it fell short of capturing the Stanley Cup, a drought that passed its 37th year last spring.
In fact, if you were at a Blue Jays game during April or May of 1993 or '94, one of the regular features was spontaneous loud cheering in the middle of an uneventful at-bat from the hundreds of fans gathered around TV monitors at SkyDome or listening surreptitiously on headphone radios after the Leafs had scored a playoff goal.
Attending an early-season baseball game wasn't about to prevent fans from getting their playoff hockey fix.
Leading the charge for the Leafs was the wiry, tireless Doug Gilmour. The scruffy, manically intense veteran from Kingston, Ontario, seemed to be on the ice at all times, in the middle of the action, scoring goals, setting up others, absorbing teeth-rattling bodychecks and forechecking with the persistence of a hive full of angry hornets.
Leafs Nation The Magazine recently caught up with Gilmour, a Leafs season-ticket holder, on the patio of Aurora's Magna Golf Club, one of the country's most exclusive, to chat about his 20-season NHL career, more than 1,400 career points, his short-lived second début as a Leaf, hollow hockey sticks and his future in the mortgage brokering business.
Martin knows from loud. When he personally engineered, produced and mixed Transmission, the band's classic 1997 album, its demo CD caused a minor meltdown at the head office of the band's record label, EMI. "Transmission was the heaviest, darkest rock record this country ever yielded," he says proudly, "and my first mix had so much sub-sonic, bottom-end stuff that it literally blew the speakers on the Artist & Repertoire guy's stereo - twice. Now that's rock 'n' roll!"
Seven Circles is serious rock and roll, too. In fact, with its seamless marriage of blues, Eastern-rock and electronica, it's the logical sonic follow-up to Transmission. "It really is," Martin agrees. "We experimented a bit with [1999's] Triptych and [2001's] The Interzone Mantras, learning how to write tighter rock songs - our previous material had leaned on the 'epic' side of things.
Nothing wrong with that, but our current approach is about getting to the core of a song and saying what we need to say as quickly and as purely as possible. To us, music's truer when you don't overthink it."
"For me, our new single is a blast from a huge cannon," says Tea Party drummer Jeff Burrows - a.k.a. the 'other' Jeff, a.k.a. J.B.
"The writing on the wall says look over here and listen up, because we've come out of the gate fighting on this one."
Unfortunately, due to the current NHL labour situation, this will be the only issue of the magazine published this season. Look for Leafs Nation on your local newstand shortly.