Author of book on Leafs has cautious optimism

- February 21st, 2013

Peter Robinson loves the Maple Leafs as much as anyone else in Leafs Nation.
Okay, amend that. Robinson loves the Leafs more than just about any other fan.
But the author of Hope and Heartbreak in Toronto: Life as a Maple Leafs Fan — a book that was published last year and details Robinson’s obsession with the team — is showing some restraint in this abbreviated 2012-13 season.
Nearly 13 months will have passed when Robinson heads down to the Air Canada Centre from his Barrie home on March 6 since his previous visit for a Leafs game, which came on Feb. 7 last year. A reader of his book is taking him to the game when the Leafs play host to the Ottawa Senators.
“This year, it’s just that I’m exercising some self-control, which I didn’t have before,” Robinson said with a bit of a chuckle. “At some point, there might be some questionable judgment about going to 100 games (since the 2004-05 lockout), like I did.”
And remember, this is support of a franchise that was the only one not to participate in the Stanley Cup playoffs between lockouts.
The book is a fascinating read not only for Leafs fans, but hockey fans as a whole. Through anecdotes and detailed descriptions, Robinson puts the reader at each game. And if that’s not enough, there’s a financial breakdown of each game Robinson, the editor of Prospect Hockey magazine and the golf columnist for CBC.ca, attended. It’s the kind of thing that might give his accountant — and wife — shudders.
But Robinson also brings keen insight into why the Leafs have struggled in recent years.
Though he might not attend as many games in the future as he has two young children and likes to travel, Robinson is optimistic. But it’s cautious, not the kind that comes from delusional fans who think the Leafs should have traded Dmitri Khristich for Wayne Gretzky years ago.
“Honestly, there is always hope,” Robinson said. “And it’s ironic that (Brian) Burke’s vision is coming to fruition. It’s a good, young team, but they don’t have the horses yet.”

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  1. Grabbo1 says:

    I got this book for Christmas, along with the Down Goes Brown book. Both are great reads and a similar style of writing.

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