Despite being an Islanders fan for about the past 14 years, I am an original Brooklyn-ite. Like many people my age that reside on Long Island, I moved with my family from Brooklyn when I was young. At the age of 8, in the middle of the third grade, my family decided to leave Mill Basin for Nassau County.
I can’t say I was a hockey fan at the time. In fact, I didn’t follow sports at all. Aside from being enrolled into the typical Little League baseball and soccer games that most kids went through, sports didn’t matter to me. And hockey? It wasn’t even something I really thought about unless I was hanging out with my friend who lived on East 53rd street that happened to be a Rangers fan.
The Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs will once again do battle tonight, this time on the night that Mats Sundin's jersey number goes to the rafters of the Air Canada Centre. These two teams have been in different places all season, with the Maple Leafs fighting for a playoff spot and the Canadiens struggling to even come close. This is a welcome change, of course, for Maple Leafs fans, for which the situation is usually flipped, but for Habs fans, it's an unusual and painful experience.
Tonight the oldest and most historic rivalry in the NHL is reborn, and both teams d...