- Mitchell Kozack
The Leafs goal song was good… until it wasn’t.
I want to take you back. It’s July 1st, 2018, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are fresh off a game seven loss against the Boston Bruins. You’re disappointed, slightly worried, but also hopeful. Disappointed because the Leafs lost in the first round again, slightly worried because two of the most important forwards on the Leafs (James Van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak) are most likely not going to re-sign due to salary cap limitations, and hopeful because there are rumours going around about the possibility that New York Islanders captain John Tavares might sign with his hometown team, the Toronto Maple Leafs.
And you know what? HE DID!
You and your Leafs friends and family were on cloud nine. This was one of the biggest signings the Maple Leafs have ever made and any worries or doubts that you had in the Leafs, faded away into excitement, happiness, and the idea that this Leafs team was about to make your dreams come true.
At the beginning of the 2018-2019 season the Maple Leafs announced that they were going to use the song “You Make My Dreams” by Daryl Hall & John Oates as their goal song. This song was perfect, it displayed the excitement and hopefulness that the Maple Leafs and their fanbase had going into the new season. This time was going to be different; they were about to make our dreams come true and we were ready for it.
And for a while this goal song was amazing, it was fun, and it was magical…until it wasn’t.
Fast Forward four seasons, the Maple Leafs have lost three first round playoff series and one play-in round series during the COVID-19 shutdown season. The hope that was once there, is still there, but it’s not the same. The glow that this young group of players once had is gone, the hope we had that the Maple Leafs were going to break the Stanley Cup curse is gone and has turned to apathy; the once promising goal song has withered away to mean almost nothing.
It is not the same.
Maple Leafs fans are almost all in agreement that it is time for a change. This goal song is over. You Make My Dreams had some amazing moments, John Tavares’ first goal as a Maple Leaf, all the goals in the 3-0 comeback win against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 4 of the play-in round and who could forget Auston Matthews’ sixtieth goal in front of a full Maple Leafs crowd… absolutely magical.
But it’s time. The magic has worn off. The Hall & Oates classic had great moments, but it is time for something new. Something that gives the Maple Leafs and Leafs fans something to look forward to after every home game goal. Something that reignites the spark that every fan and player has deep within them and, most importantly, something that shows the passion of what it means to be a Toronto Maple Leaf.