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The Maple Leafs of My Youth (Vintage Leaf Memories Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Langlois
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Michael Langlois writes the popular “Vintage Leaf Memories” blog and has now authored “The Maple Leafs of My Youth” to help bridge the past and present for Toronto Maple Leaf fans around the world. Born in 1953 and a Leaf supporter since the late 1950s, Michael shares personal stories and memories about players, events and moments from his younger days as a fan that are part of the unique and lasting legacy of the Maple Leaf franchise. “The Maple Leafs of My Youth” is not a book about statistics, research or what is commonly known about the blue and white. It is in fact a very personal memoir of what it has meant to be a follower of the Leafs through very changing times, and why the franchise still matters to this day to countless supporters—despite decades without a Stanley Cup championship.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 891 KB
  • Print Length: 157 pages
  • Publisher: Prospect Communications Inc. (Oct. 24 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G6HXBLG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180,139 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart and Mind Nov. 26 2013
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“The Maple Leafs of my Youth” falls in the category of required reading for any serious fan of Toronto’s storied NHL hockey team. Author Michael Langlois foregoes the typical method of researching the life out of his topic and instead writes from memory and the heart, resulting in a “page turner” that gives us the rare perspective of a supporter’s memories of the Leafs team and their culture. Being slightly younger than the author and with a much less reliable memory, in reading this book I was able to understand the significance of the Leaf teams of the late fifties and sixties. With classic players like Johnny Bower, Bobby Baun, Tim Horton and the like, whose lore I more fully understand now, it is comprehensible why the Leafs inspire such dedication to this day. While fine as it is, I could really picture “The Maple Leafs of my Youth” as a coffee table book replete with historical photographs and illustrations. Hopefully, an illustrated version of this book will be available in the near future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Abiding Love of the Leafs Oct. 29 2013
By homeice
Format:Kindle Edition
Many books have been written about the storied history of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Few capture the genuine emotion and anxiety filled nights, huddled around the radio, or those old black and white television sets, as we thrilled over victories, as well as Michael Langlois has in this well written book. The tales of the author's family, his break with his father's love of the Habs, the joy of collecting the Beehive cards, and the hero worship so many of us shared in our youth and continue to enjoy to this day, are brought beautifully to light. He brings small town life in Ontario into sharp focus. When we became hockey fans we were united in a common endeavor. While hockey is a huge part of our history, it plays an even greater role in our hearts. The players, the owners and the whole cast of characters are described in this thoughtful book, penned from the creator of one of my favorite blogs: Vintage Leaf Memories. For Leaf fans everywhere, this is a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read for any sports fan! Oct. 26 2013
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For anyone who loves sports history, this is a great find! It provides a wonderful perspective on one of the all-time great sports franchises, helping to provide context for those of us who have mostly known the team in more recent years. Michael shares stories growing up as a hockey fan in an incredibly fun and relaxing way. I sure hope there is more to come!
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By James
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This book was a delight to read. Michael Langlois does an exceptional job of explaining the joys of being a young hockey (and Maple Leafs) fan during the '50s and '60s. A clear, well-written, and engaging book, I would recommend this to any hockey fan. I hope Michael keeps stories like these coming!
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5.0 out of 5 stars When Hockey was played on ponds Jan. 11 2014
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I am the same age as Michael, but I did not start following hockey until the mid-60's and sorry, Michael, I became one of those Hab fans. I would say I am familiar with 80% of the players Michael wrote about. The book was more than walking down memory lane; Michael brought a humanity to these men who were often heroes or the hated enemy, but not mere mortals like the rest of us. The book is a very engaging and personal recollection of a long gone (and I think golden) era of hockey as it was probably experienced by countless numbers of young ones from sea to shining sea.
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