A Christmas Gift for Every Member of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs - Santa Claus (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Toronto Maple Leafs - Santa Claus (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Toronto Maple Leafs – Martin Marincin #52, Ilya Mikheyev #65 and Trevor Moore #42 (Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Martin Marincin

The gift of premium binoculars, a cozy blanket, and a seat cushion.

Martin Marincin re-signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs this offseason, likely with the expectation that he’d get to play the game he loves. Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out that way. Marincin has been a healthy scratch staple. In fact, he has only managed to appear in seven games for the Leafs along with three additional games for the Marlies.

Since it appears inevitable that Marincin will be spending more time in the press box than down at ice level, we wanted to help make the Slovakian cozy.

That’s why we have sent him a package that he can bring with him to his alternative vantage point at the games. With a new pair of premium binoculars, a cozy blanket, and a portable seat cushion, Marincin will be able to watch the Leafs play more comfortably than anyone else in the arena.

Nic Petan

The gift of a frequent flyers card

Nic Petan has spent all season doing his best impression of a pinball. He has been bounced back and forth between the minors and the NHL. On September 30, just before the start of the season, Petan was placed on waivers and reassigned to the AHL. He didn’t have to wait long before being recalled by the Leafs, it happened just three days later.

In total, Petan has already been moved in nine different transactions this season. He is currently with the Marlies, but there’s no doubt that more traveling is in his future. That’s why we got Petan his very own frequent flyers card.

We were actually surprised to learn that Petan wasn’t already collecting points for all his moves. He came to Toronto on a trade from the Winnipeg Jets for Par Lindholm. With all the points he will certainly accrue, he can fly back to Winnipeg and visit friends or go to Delta, British Columbia to see his family.

Ilya Mikheyev

The gift of an original Andy Warhol

Ilya Mikheyev has been a fabulous addition to the Maple Leafs. He puts his speed and skill on display every night and has been producing well for the team. When Mikheyev retires back to his place, he likes to enjoy bowls of soup made by his girlfriend, Kristina.

Reminding him of his home in Omsk, Russia, Kristina will slowly stew marinated beef to make her own borscht. Mikheyev has said that he has a daily bowl of soup, which earned him the nickname “Souperman”. We considered getting him his own brand of borscht, but the fanbase and team themselves have already been designing custom labels just for him.

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We then realized that Mikheyev is an educated man with refined taste. The winger earned two degrees while he played pro hockey in his home country. Mikheyev has an undergraduate degree in sports tourism and a master’s degree in sports science. We felt that a man of his intellect would enjoy more than just soup itself, but an homage to it. That is why we got him Andy Warhol’s most famous painting from 1962, Campbell’s Soup Cans. We managed to convince the MoMA in New York to loan the painting to Mikheyev.