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Twas the Leafs night before Christmas

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
 'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the rink

Not a creature was stirring, not even Domi, we think.
The jerseys were hung in the lockers with care,
In the hopes that Lord Stanley soon would be there.

The Leaf players were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Pat Quinn danced in their heads;
Like the Eagle in net and Sundin in the slot,
All were ready for Christmas, the presents were bought.

When in the halls of ACC there arose such a clatter,
Security sprang into action to see what was the matter.
Like Reichel's slapshot, there was a great flash.
Someone all in red was seen making a dash.

The shine on the ice from the Zamboni's last round,
Gave light to where a great big sleigh was found.
It was full of shirts, pucks, sticks and new gloves,
The card was signed "From your biggest fan, with love".

With footwork like Corson, this one was slick,
They knew in a moment it must be Saint Nick.
Like falling 'Mighty Ducks' in a line the gifts came,
Each tied, and wrapped, and tagged all by name;

"For Domi, for Darcy! To Gary and Eddie!
For, Jyrki and Aki! To Mikael and Jonas!
To the best in Ontario, to the top of the league!
New equipment for all of you on this Christmas Eve!"

Like the Leafs, the wild Flames will attempt to fly,
When they meet just after Boxing Day, under Alberta sky.
Up to the Air Canada Centre he flew,
A sleigh full of skates and St. Nicholas too.

He was chubby and plump, a typical Canadian fan,
Wearing a blue and white jersey and sporting a dark tan.
As the Maple Leafs were asleep in their beds,
The team of eight reindeer flew over their heads.

The next day, at practice they were shocked by the sight,
A hockey-mad Santa had shown his delight.
As a result of being first at this time of year,
St. Nick reminded their goals, they were near.

Toronto dreamed of the Leafs at Christmas, it's true,
All together they would work at was needed to do.
So the city heard them exclaim, err they drove out of sight,
"Merry Christmas to all, remember watching the Leafs play is always a sight!"

---by Jaime Burhnam,
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