5 Things for Toronto Maple Leafs Fans to Do This Off-Season

Zach Hyman, Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs (Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)
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LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 21: Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs  . (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Turn Off any UFC

If you are an MMA fan you will have seen Auston Matthews and Frederik Andersen turn up to UFC 263 with Justin Bieber. Bieber is a long time and well known Toronto Maple Leafs fan, having previously played some shinny with Matthews and Marner.

It is hard to begrudge any Leafs player time off after a condensed season, but there is a bit of a fine line here. Matthews and Andersen were at a UFC fight just two days before the Montreal Canadiens dropped the puck against the Golden Knights. It was a game that every Toronto Maple Leafs fan expected to be sat in front of their TV for, watching the Buds play as one of the final four fighting for the cup.

Toronto obviously isn’t there, but seeing Matthews and Andersen (even though he didn’t play against the Habs) casually strolling into a different event is a tender situation. They would have to know that Leafs fans would see, or at least get the notification, they were in attendance. Is it wrong to be at little rustled because they should still be playing hockey?

It’s also hard to blame Leafs fans for feeling hard done by because they invested in the team for the long haul. On the flip side, Matthews did have an exceptional, record-breaking season and he deserves time off to come back rejuvenated, stronger and better for next season.

To deny him the chance to relax would be wrong, but perhaps the timing could have been a bit better. He is caught between a rock and a hard place but if you’re one of those sensitive Leafs fans, it might be better to steer clear of watching any major sporting events because you know there is a chance a Leafs player might pop up.

On that note, might as well avoid all of the golf courses too because everyone knows how much hockey players love golf.