Welcome to the Official Site of Leafs Nation - MapleLeafs.com
MapleLeafs.com proudly sponsored by ROGERS™ Welcome to the Official Site of Leafs Nation - MapleLeafs.com

Blue And White Aspirations

Percy Would Love To Get Drafted By Leafs

Tuesday, 05.31.2011 / 2:26 PM ET / Draft Central 2011
By Mike Ulmer  - Mapleleafs.com commentator
Share with your Friends

Blue And White Aspirations

Leafs against Los Angeles Kings. Spring of 1993. I think you know where this is going.

Third round of the playoffs. Wayne Gretzky’s stick cuts Doug Gilmour. Referee Kerry Fraser makes the most famous non-call in Maple Leafs history. Saved by Gretzky’s stature in Game 6, the Leafs are done in by his stick in Game 7 in Toronto.

Stuart Percy, now a member of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors team contesting the Memorial Cup is precisely nine days old when Fraser blows the call.

No one said this was going to be easy.

Four years later his dad, Steve, rolls out some new wallpaper and splays it across the wall of his son’s bedroom. The wallpaper is blue and white with the Leafs logo.

By now, Stuart is wearing Leaf jerseys on which his grandmother sews numbers. He has Maple Leaf mittens and he insists on falling asleep, still in uniform, in front of the Leafs’ game. He has a little Leafs hockey stick that he uses to chase around a ball of tape which periodically irritates his grandfather who prefers an unobstructed view of the set.

Any wonder then that Stuart Percy would love to be selected by the Maple Leafs at the NHL draft next month.

“That would be awesome, a dream come true,” he said.

Percy, a six-foot-two defence-first rearguard is ranked 53rd among North American skaters. The Leafs have two late first-rounders, a second and two thirds. Who knows?

This has all come about organically. His dad Steve worked as a vendor, trolling through the crowd at Maple Leaf Gardens selling popcorn, pop and souvenirs and the family love affair with the team shows no signs of wear. At 18, Stuart still sleeps surrounded by the Leaf wallpaper under the protective gaze of Mats Sundin and Tie Domi. He still has the little toy stick.

There is no record, of course, as to whether little Stuart Percy was in the TV room in Oakville when Kerry Fraser elected not to raise his striped right arm. One question has been answered, though.

“I guess,” said his dad, “this is why Stuart has always been impatient with bad refereeing.”

torontomapleleafs.com is the official Web site of the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club. The Maple Leafs and mapleleafs.com are trademarks of MLSE.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2016 MLSE and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

Terms Of Use | Contact Us | Employment Opportunities | Advertise on mapleleafs.com | Privacy Policy | icon AdChoices | NHL.com Terms of Use | Site Map