Congrats to the Leafs… Organisation.

After all the drama caused this week by the ”law” that the Ottawa City Counsil wanted to adopt in order to fine everyone entering the Corel Center with a Maple Leafs jersey on to make a small donation to the local food bank, the Maple Leafs organisation responded the best way they could today.(

The Maple Leafs announced Friday they would donate $5,000 to the Ottawa Food Bank and Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank in an effort to support the thousands of Leaf fans who want to wear their Toronto jerseys at the April 3 game in Ottawa.

”We look forward to Leafs fans filling the Corel Centre wearing their blue and white jerseys and supporting their favourite team,” John Lashway, vice-president of communications and community development for the Leafs, said Friday in a statement. The Leafs are strongly committed to giving back to the community and have been a long-time supporter of the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto.

”It’s great to see the Ottawa city council getting involved in its community in this manner. Our organization looks forward to joining with our fans to support those efforts.”

Of course most people realized that this was only an original way to support the Ottawa food bank while increasing the rivalry between the two teams and I’m glad that the Leafs organisation realized it aswell. The best thing in all that is that they even challenged the Ottawa organization and added to the growing rivalry by stating the following:

The Leafs are also challenging the Senators to meet or exceed their financial donation to the food banks in Toronto and Ottawa.

The Leafs added they had no plans of enacting a canned food admittance tax to visiting Senators fans at the Air Canada Centre.

In the end, I think that for once we’ll be able to say that the winners are the poors.

Congrats to Ottawa & Toronto.