On a cold January morning in Toronto, the hockey team that won the Stanley Cups in 1984 and 1988 were about to leave the city for the first time in four decades.
For a team that had been building for the past two decades, this was a major event.
In the past few decades, the Toronto Maple Leafs had made several trips to the Stanley, including the last trip in 1993.
The franchise, with an annual budget of $7 million, has never won a Stanley Cup, and it has been in the final since 1993.
But in this particular moment, they were celebrating the team’s second Stanley Cup in four years.
They were celebrating their fans’ devotion to the sport.
And they were also celebrating the fact that they had just finished a season that began with a game in which the Leafs were the team with the fewest points in the entire NHL.
The Leafs were 5-1-0 in the regular season.
They won five of their first six games.
They took the first four games of the playoffs, and they won their first four of the post-season.
The team had already won the Presidents’ Trophy, a trophy that includes two Stanley Cups, the Conn Smythe Trophy, and the Art Ross Trophy.
But that was all it was.
A season that had begun with three losses in the first five games, they ended with just two victories.
The season was finished.
The players had to be released from their contracts, which had already been extended by a year.
They had to decide whether to stay or leave.
They could go into the off-season with a Stanley, and there were a lot of people looking for a job.
The NHL Players’ Association had been negotiating with the team to extend its contract for a few more years, and its board would be meeting in the spring of 2020 to determine the team that would take over for the next 30 years.
And that was it.
It was a sad day.
But it was also the beginning of a new chapter in the life of a hockey franchise.
The team’s owner, Wayne Gretzky, was retiring at the end of the season.
The city had not seen an NHL championship since the Boston Bruins won it in 1991.
The Maple Leafs, who had just played the Toronto Arenas in the finals of the NHL championship series, had been swept by the Anaheim Ducks in the third round of the Stanley finals.
The arena was filled to capacity.
Fans were booing every time a player made a play on the puck.
It looked like hockey was over.
But this was the team Gretzkys had always wanted to see in Toronto.
And now it was over with.
The Stanley Cup had been won in the most spectacular fashion.
And the Leafs had become the team of the past.
And with it, the Leafs, the franchise that had won three Stanley Cups and won a World Cup, would have the chance to go back to the big time.
This was the time to prove it.
Gretz had always been interested in winning, and this was an opportunity to prove that.
In fact, he had wanted to do it since he was a teenager.
His parents were from Toronto, and he had been playing hockey since he could walk.
In addition to being a successful actor and a successful businessman, Gretz is an accomplished artist and a gifted designer.
He is also a father.
But when he was 16 years old, Gretza went to live in Los Angeles with his father, Don.
He wanted to go to college.
His father had a business partner named Ted Leonsis, who owned the Los Angeles Kings hockey team.
They did well in the early 1990s, and Gretz was very happy.
He loved being with the Kings.
He was excited to play in a city where he felt comfortable.
His mother, Gloria, had always supported the Leafs.
She always felt that the team was a reflection of the city and the city’s hockey tradition.
Gretza was so excited to be on the team.
He had played for the team for the last two seasons.
And he was thrilled to finally be on a winning team.
In his first year, he scored 24 goals.
But the year after that, he was on pace for 40 goals.
And as the season wore on, he started scoring less and less.
By the time he was 20, Gretzi had scored just nine goals in a season.
He scored a career low 21 in a game against the Dallas Stars.
And in the playoffs he finished with just 13 goals in 25 games.
The next year, Gretzy started scoring in bunches.
He started scoring again in the conference finals.
But by the time the season was over, Gretzer was averaging just five goals in 18 games.
His career had come to a sudden halt.
By then, he already had a son and a daughter.
And it was clear that his playing days were numbered.
But there was no easy way out of this predicament. He