The Ultimate Road Trip
All 89 Games with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ultimate Leafs Fan
by Mike Wilson and Lance Hornby, foreword by Brendan Shanahan
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Pub Date 06 Oct 2020 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2020
The Ultimate Leafs Fan makes it his mission to figure out what makes fans bleed blue
Mike Wilson, the man ESPN called the “Ultimate Leafs Fan,” attended every Leafs contest of the 2018–19 NHL season. With a foreword from club president Brendan Shanahan and colourful souvenir photos, The Ultimate Road Trip allows fans to vicariously experience the journey of a lifetime, and explores the passion of the sign-waving, fully costumed diehards who fill arenas from Alberta to Anaheim.
Who are these people? How did they get there? What motivates them to follow a franchise that hasn’t won a Stanley Cup in a half century?
Through 89 games, from October to April, the retired Bay Street trader explored all 31 rinks to document stories of Leafs love. Mike took every conceivable mode of transport, stayed in team hotels and on the couches of family and friends, then went into the cheap seats, private suites, the streets, sports bars, hotel lobbies, and many other unique locations where Leafs Nation gets together, to gather tales both hilarious and heart-wrenching. Media personalities, former players, and NHL celebrities gave Wilson their thoughts on what fuels the Leafs passion.
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Average rating from 6 members
The Ultimate Road Trip to 89 Toronto Maple Leaf games in Canada and all throughout the USA. Author Mike Wilson dubbed “The Ultimate Leafs Fan” take you on the most memorable trip, with stories from down memory lane to present day. Photos of Mike and all of the leaf die hard fans are full of life, you feel their excitement and most of all the LOVE of the game. A great read for all Maple Leaf fans.
This book was amazing! I loved hearing about all the adventures Mike went on during the season. I liked how he talked about his experience talking to people who were fans of the other team, not just the Maple Leafs. I also liked that he included the names of restaurants and bars that he dined at during his once in a lifetime adventure!