Toronto GM Sean Hanley offers a very Maple Leaf take on the traditional Christmas Eve story 'Twas The Night Before Christmas'. Enjoy!
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through Scotiabank Arena
Not a creature was stirring, not even Darnell Nurse. The jerseys were hung in the lockers with care, In hopes that Lord Stanley soon would be there.
The Leafs were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of Bruce Cassidy danced in their heads; Like Tristan Jarry in net and Ryan Strome in the slot, All were ready for Christmas, the presents were brought.
When in the halls of Scotiabank Arena there arose such a clatter, Security sprang into action to see what was the matter. Like Evgeny Kuznetsov wrist shot, there was a great flash. Someone all in red was seen making a dash.
The shine on the ice from the zamboni's last round, Gave light to where a great big sleigh was found. It was full shirts, pucks, sticks and new gloves, The card was signed "From your biggest fan, with love".
With footwork like Mitch Marner, this one was slick, They knew in a moment it must be Saint Nick. Like falling Ducks in a line the gifts came, Each tied, and wrapped, and tagged all by name;
"For Marleau, for Hainsey! To Jarry and Subban! For Clifford and Schwartz! To Brown and Savard! To the best in Ontario, to the top of Beard Hockey! New equipment for the Leafs on this Christmas Eve!"
Like the Leafs, the Senators will attempt to fly, When they meet after Boxing Day, under Ontario sky. Up to Scotiabank Arena he flew, A sleigh full of skates and St. Nicholas too.
He was chubby and plump, a typical Canadian fan, Wearing a blue and white Jersey and sporting a dark tan. As the Leafs were asleep in their beds, A team of eight reindeer flew over their heads.
The next day, at practice they were shocked by the sight, A hockey-mad Santa had shown his delight. As a result of being .500 at this time of year, Saint Nick reminded their goals, they were near.
Toronto dreamed of the Leafs at Christmas, it's true, All together they would work at what was needed to do. So the city heard them exclaim, as they flew out of sight! "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night".