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Welcome to Vintage Leaf Memories

This site has been developed with the “old days” as its primary focus and memories of the Toronto Maple Leafs in particular.

I was born in 1953, so the time period I most want to focus on is from the mid-1950’s to the early 80’s. Anything later than that is not “vintage”, in my mind.

In the initial stages this will be a site that largely brings together my recollections of being a Maple Leaf fan in the late 50’s and early 1960’s and on into the 1970’s. I will share stories about my own memories – some vivid, others perhaps a bit vague but fairly accurate. Like many of you, I have many fond sports memories, and will sometimes delve beyond hockey and the Leafs.

I’ve had the opportunity to interact with many figures from the sports world over the years, either as a fan or as a young broadcaster. I started my modest broadcasting career in 1976, and had a tremendous time interviewing quite a number of athletes at length in a format that was engaging and not confrontational. As a result, I developed a positive rapport with many of those individuals – athletes, coaches, managers and scouts.

With that in mind, I’ll share some memories from a few of the interviews I conducted from those years, between 1976 and 1984.

I’m hoping to actually include some of those old interviews on this site, as those following this kind of site may well find those conversations – and the subject matter – quite revealing 30 or so years later, in some instances.

Too, my objective is to include some new interviews, with athletes or individuals from that wonderful era of hockey and other sports, if possible.

Finally, it is my hope that you will want to take part, and share some memories of your own.

Warm regards,

Michael Langlois