Good morning Toronto Maple Leafs fans!
So we had some big news yesterday when we received the schedule for our newest team, the PWHL Toronto TBA's!
So the TBA's will be playing at the former Maple Leafs Gardens, the Mattamay Athletic Centre which hosts the Toronto Metropolitan University hockey teams.
With the schedule comes more news, like season ticket prices. Of course the TBA's are giving the highest price to some of the worst seats: on the glass.
This is one of the little things about our beloved game that rankles me.
They are some of the worst seats for 90% of the game. When the action is in front of you it can't be beat, but then it's obstructed a lot of the rest of the time.
They sound like they should be the best, like courtside at a basketball game, but the glass, stanchions, benches, penalty boxes, goalie all get in the way depending on where you are. They're the glamour seats but not great for watching the game.
What you want in an NHL rink is mid level of the lower bowl or front row of the upper, centre ice. You have a great view of the whole rink, and the only obstruction is the people who get up and walk around DURING PLAY.
That's a rant for another time.
I've sat rinkside plenty of times, so I speak from experience. Heck my first ever NHL game was on the glass for Panthers at Sabres in 96. Seeing Hasek up close was amazing but couldn't see much down the other end.
Also seeing this team on the glass in 2017, when we were fighting for a playoff sport was excellent but I paid for neither of those games so I won't complain much.
I will give one compliment to my local OHL team. They get ticket pricing, in that seasons seats for the top half of the bowl cost more than the lower half. That's the way.
Here's some other things to chat about.
Another shootout win for the Leafs:
The Calgary Flames traded defender Nikita Zadorov to the Vancouver Canucks.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have a goalie goal!
Hockey Canada gets about one serious complaint a day.
PWHL camp cuts are out and the waiver wire has opened.
Finally, Morgan Rielly is climbing his way up the Leafs game played list. By the end of this contract he'll be number one by a wide margin.
Way to go Mo!
Enjoy your day everyone!