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Tim Leiweke Really Loves Toronto, Takes Shots at Los Angeles
Former Anschutz Entertainment Group President and CEO and current Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment President and CEO Tim Leiweke gave an interview with Maple Leafs sideline reporter Paul Hendrick for Maple Leafs TV. Let's just say some of his comments were interesting.
When Hendrick asks Leiweke about experience the atmosphere of the city with the Leafs in the playoffs, Leiweke took a couple of unprovoked shots at Los Angeles.
"We didn't have that in LA, and we won the Stanley Cup," Leiweke said. "We finally saw it at the end. It took us getting to the Finals in order to awaken that town. It's not a hockey town."
That's fine. Los Angeles is not a hockey town given the decades of mismanagement of the Kings. But Leiweke didn't stop there.
"So I came here and I'm like oh my goodness look at this. This happened in day one. This happened the first day of playoffs. You had more built up passion in that hockey team and that organization on an away playoff game than we ever did including winning the Stanley Cup Game 6 home ice at STAPLES Center. So it just shows you the potential."
You can take that for what it's worth.