It’s Blue and White Day!

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

It’s been a long time since the Hound Line: Russ Coutnall, Wendel Clark, and Gary Leeman—the days of old when I first fell in love with hockey. And yes, the Toronto Maple Leafs franchise has changed (I’m still grieving over the loss of The Maple Leaf Gardens and despise the fact it’s been turned into nothing more than a big-box supermarket! Argghh!).

But, the city of Toronto (and my household) have been loyal fans of the Leafs since…well…oh Lord…when did they last win the cup again?…*cough, cough—ahem.* (No comment.)

And yet, here we are, nine years later since the Leafs were in the playoffs that those who choose to wear the sacred colours of white and blue, can now do so with a vengeance!

It’s Blue and White Day today!!

Even my son’s public school is participating in this euphoric support of our boys from Hog Town. Michael couldn’t wait to put on his hockey jersey even with the expected temperature high of 21 degrees later today! Here’s a shot of him with his best friends (who don’t own jerseys themselves, but wore blue and white today, nevertheless) and his little sister who demanded that she be in the picture, too. You can’t see it under her jean jacket, but she’s wearing a white T-shirt under there to show her support!

Blue and White Day - M with friends


From L to R: Raekwan, Mercedes, Michael, Hisham. It’s obvious who’s the hardcore fan here, isn’t it? My son! (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.


How can we stop ourselves? After Saturday’s 4-2 win against the Boston Bruins in the second game of the Playoffs, who can deny the excitement?!? My husband and I happened to cheer so loudly when Riemsdyk scored in the third period that our baby girl, Mercedes, cried! We were THAT loud!

And I was so excited that I couldn’t help myself, but take my camera out and shoot a photo of the Three Stars and the final score! Ay! It’s been nuts at my house ever since!

TML three stars

(c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.


TML final score


(c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.


Even walking home from dropping off my son at school today, our neighbour proudly showcased his love for our boys in blue and white:

TML flag


(c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved


The TML fever has reached an all-time high and I’m proud to be a part of the buzz.

Car flags are waving as drivers in blue and white listen in on Sports Radio. Halloween make-up paint has been resurrected from the closet. Sports pools are pooling with hopeful bets on our boys. Blueberry cupcakes with vanilla icing topped with maple leaf décor are being baked in kitchens as we speak. Even our pets are wearing TML sweaters!—But, most importantly, the dream of Stanley coming home to Toronto is just a wee bit closer!!



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My husband and I are pumped for tonight’s game! (It looks like I’ll be ordering pizza and chicken wings again!!)

Go, Leafs, go!!

Are you wearing your blue and white?


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