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Mike Johnson–Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club: Official Centennial Publication

mike johnsonFor me, playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs had an added significance because I grew up in Toronto. I had spent several hours practising on the ice of Maple Leaf Gardens  while growing up, and in those moments early in the morning, I would look around the rink at 6:00am, with the lights off, and allow my mind to think: what if? So when I was able to play for the Leafs, it was a childhood dream fulfilled. As I played a little more with the Leafs, I had an even better understanding of how much the Leafs mean to the fans of the team and the city that I grew up in. This was obvious when I could see the pride and joy shared by my parents, family and friends when the team or I had any degree of success. My three years in Toronto was an amazing, whirlwind experience that I was lucky enough to share with family and friends, and was a time in my career and in my life that I am very proud of. I wish it hadn’t ended as quickly as it did.

Mike Johnson, Player, 1997-2000

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The author Kevin Shea

Kevin Shea is a hockey archaeologist – digging through the past to find treasures. Hockey is more than a simple passion to Kevin – it's his life. Shea is the award-winning author of 12 hockey books, is the Editor of Publications and Online Features for the Hockey Hall of Fame and he teaches hockey history courses at a Toronto college.

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