As we close the chapter on 2021, let’s look back at the wonderful and crazy storylines that happened with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The 2020-21 season didn’t even take place in 2020 this year as the Toronto Maple Leafs started their season in January, 2021. With the world in disarray, the NHL, along with many other leagues, had to start later than expected.
The Canadian government banned the public from the arena and we spent an entire season watching games without fans in attendance. Although many people wanted to get out of their house and enjoy a hockey game, those pleasures were disrupted as the Leafs played every regular season game without a single fan in attendance.
Ontario is limiting capacities once again, but there will continue to be fans in the stands for the foreseeable future. It just won’t be a full arena.
When I look back on watching those games without fans, it’s something I don’t even remember happening. The idea of seeing a professional sporting event with nobody cheering is so bizarre and the fact that happened for 56 regular season games last year with the Leafs is crazy to me.
However, at the end of the day, the 2020-21 season was a great escape for many of us, and the 2021-22 season continues to be as well.
Let’s look at the top-five storylines from the past year.