It was last week, when I sat glued to the TV screen.
Toronto Maple Leafs playing for the cup! ( with Boston!)

Even though Boston won, the Leafs played good and hard.  It was a blast to see them move into a semi-round. (when was the last time?)

While I was watching, the old feelings came back.  The feelings of being proud of the team and the excitement of the speed and the skates.  I was transformed back into a teenager again, shouting in my living room at a team that was playing thousands of miles away!

And yes, I ran into my bedroom and I jumped into my team’s jersey and I wore the shirt with pride. I wore it though the whole game, even when I felt the first tear fall, in the last few minutes of the game.

I asked myself what went wrong? We were leading 4-1 in the third period. But then I realized it didn’t matter at all.  Why you may ask?  The team finally hit the big time.  They had a glance at a level they have not achieved in a long time: a place to compete for the Cup.  The Leafs could and should have done better but in that one game, they were lightening.  They had wings on their skates and a drive that outdid Boston.

If the same team members play next season, then I bet that the Leafs will go farther.  There seemed to be a connection between all the players with like a huge spider’s web.

All I know is that it was a great game.  It made me realize that I still love the team and I will always support them even though I am miles away.  The city I live in has their own hockey team, but it is not the same and for some reason I don’t feel close to them at all.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are still my team no matter what and my dream of them winning the Stanley Cup before I die, came a bit closer last week.

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, her team is always the Toronto Maple Leafs. Instead of falling for movie stars, Rochelle fell for hockey players. As she grew up, her passion grew to include wanting to be the first female NHL player, the first female 'water' girl for her team and catching a true NHL puck. She did try for the puck, only to learn that A) the puck could have killed her, if she tried to get it or B) you needed to buy one. Years later Rochelle still loves the game! Now a days instead of wanting to join the players, (don't let her fool you, she still wants to join the team) she writes about them. Her one wish in the world is to be alive when the Toronto Maple Leafs win their next Stanley Cup! Rochelle has a certificate in Marketing/Communications at the British Columbia School of Technology and a writing certificate from Simon Fraser University. She has started her own writing company, "From Rochelle's Pen".

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