Maple Leafs jersey tosser kept his, threw wife's

NHL linesman Steve Miller collects a Maple Leafs jersey thrown to the ice. (USATSI)
NHL linesman Steve Miller collects a Maple Leafs jersey thrown to the ice by a fan. (USATSI)

If you hadn’t heard, jersey tossing has become a new local pastime in Toronto, Ontario. Maple Leafs fans have been showing their displeasure with their team in various ways like the traditional booing, but the most irate fans are discarding their blue and white sweaters and using the ice surface as the receptacle.

That practice recently got three Maple Leafs fans banned from the Air Canada Centre for a year. They also got ticketed and fined by police during Monday’s loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. One of those fans was a gentleman named Trevor.

Trevor, who did not reveal his last name, was unique among Maple Leafs jersey throwers because he threw a jersey while wearing one. As he told the Toronto Sun, the jersey he threw to the ice did not belong to him. Rather it belonged to his wife, who was apparently attending her first Maple Leafs game.

So why did he do it?

From the Sun:

“It was the worst Leafs game I’ve been at,” he told the Toronto Sun Tuesday night.

“I’m fed up with how management’s doing things, fed up with how some guys are playing or not playing — they’re just not showing any heart and soul, man. It was my wife’s first game and I asked her for her jersey and that’s what I threw,” added Trevor, whose ticket carries a $65 fine. “She gladly gave it to me. I wasn’t about to throw my Wendel Clark jersey — that has been the heart and soul of the Leafs for years.”

Oh. 

Well that was a rather memorable first game for Trevor’s wife, I’m sure.

Trevor was apparently quickly surrounded by security and escorted from the building in addition to receiving a citation from a Toronto Police officer.

The Maple Leafs are in Ottawa Wednesday night for a Battle of Ontario game against the Senators. Security staff at the Canadian Tire Centre are reportedly on alert for Maple Leafs jersey-throwers. That teed up a rather terrific headline opportunity for the front page of the Ottawa Sun.

The Maple Leafs are currently 1-6-0 under new head coach Peter Horachek and have scored just two goals over their current five-game losing streak. So, yes, there were more jerseys thrown on the ice Monday than goals scored by the Leafs in over a week.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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