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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, surrounded by the city’s hockey fans, declares Monday ‘blue and white day’ in honour of the Maple Leafs, during a noon rally at Scotiaplaza, in Toronto, May 6, 2013. (J.P. MOCZULSKI for the globe and mail)
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, surrounded by the city’s hockey fans, declares Monday ‘blue and white day’ in honour of the Maple Leafs, during a noon rally at Scotiaplaza, in Toronto, May 6, 2013. (J.P. MOCZULSKI for the globe and mail)

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Leafs in the Playoffs: Then and Now Add to ...

In the nine long years since the Toronto Maple Leafs last made the playoffs, much has changed for the city’s Stanley Cup-starved fans. From the players on the team to the price of a ticket, here’s a look at the Leafs, then and now:

Fan favourites

Then: Veterans such as Tie Domi, Mats Sundin and Ed Belfour.

Now: Younger faces such as Phil Kessel, Nazem Kadri and James Reimer.

Cost of a cheap seat

Then: “We were lucky to get around $100 – and it was a tough sale,” said ticket broker Rob Pakulski.

Now: Almost triple. Mr. Paukulski said Game 3 seats will go for about $275 a pop. Or, if you feel like splurging, over on stubhub.com, lower goal seats can be had for $1,000. Each.

The venueThen: The area around the Air Canada Centre is a dead zone, consisting of parking lots and more parking lots.

Now: The ACC is part of the Maple Leaf Centre, surrounded by gleaming condos and mammoth sports bars serving “beer blend” cocktails.

But is there parking?

Then: Yes. Lots of it, with the average spot costing about $14.80, according to Team Marketing Research’s Fan Cost Index.

Now: Yes, but it’s scarce, and will cost at least $18. (This is the average year-round price. During special events such as playoffs, the price goes way up.)

The mayor

Then: A relatively newly elected David Miller hoists the official Toronto Maple Leafs flag outside of City Hall.

Now: Rob Ford tweets a photo of the Leafs flag hanging inside of his office. Clad in a Leafs jersey and scarf, he proclaims Monday “blue and white day” in Toronto.

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