Volume 96, Issue 69
Friday, January 31, 2003

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To the Editor:

After being personally attacked over the past week, I felt the need to clarify my argument that Toronto fans should get over the fact that the Maple Leafs are not "Canada's team" just because they wear a blue maple leaf on the front of their sweaters.

In a league where nearly 60 per cent of NHL'ers are Canadian, the Maple Leafs roster is only 45 per cent Canadian, compared to Vancouver and Calgary's 55 per cent, and Edmonton and Montreal's 58 per cent (only 41 per cent of Senators are Canadian). The Maple Leafs are one of four Canadian clubs without a Canadian captain and one of only eight or nine in the entire league.

I have high respect for the New York Yankees because they win championships, expect success and nothing less, and don't call for [manager Joe] Torre to be fired after the Yanks lose a series.

Similarly, Montreal also maintains high respect around the NHL. The "CH" symbol on their chests represent all the greats that have played for them in the past (50 of which are in the Hockey Hall of Fame, compared to Toronto's 40), as well as a tradition of winning year after year.

In the end, I think that we all root for one logo: the red Maple Leaf emblem representing the Canadian Hockey Association and our nation's game.

Lee Manchur
Computer Science I

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