Not so Sympathetic to Dave's Cause….
For thirty years Dave Keon avoided the Maple Leafs like the plague, and for a while, he was right to do so.
But I keep hearing about Dave Keon’s hatred towards the Maple Leafs, and it disgusts me that this man keeps a grudge against a team that just wants to honor him. As Pete Stemkowski said, everyone he’s had a grudge against has been dead or gone since the beginning of the 90s.
You look at the guys from Rick Vaive, to Darryl Sittler, to Lanny McDonald, all the Leafs legends have gotten over this feud.
Now, I’ve also read that part of his little boycott is over the retirement of jerseys. While I think his number (along with the numbers of Lanny McDonald, Wendel Clark, and Doug Gilmour) should be lifted to the rafters, why retire them? I know it’s far into the future, but if this tradition continues in one or two hundred years, there’ll be no more numbers for anyone, and pretty soon, traditional hockey numbers like 4, 19, and 9 will be out of circulation.
Dave Keon was a great player, and a great Leaf, and he was mistreated, but the past is the past, especially when the past is dead.