It was the only one of the Leafs original Stanley Cup banners not used as a paint tarp and now it's being preserved.
Countless hockey stories have been swapped in the rec room of Toronto Maple Leafs super-fan Mike Wilson — amid what is likely the largest private collection of the team’s memorabilia.
It just seemed like a natural progression for Wilson to write a book about his vast assemblage and the hockey-world notables it has attracted to the basement of his Toronto home.
The third annual charity gala and auction raises funds for the Canadian Safe School Network, to raise awareness of bullying in classrooms, homes and the amateur sporting world.
Burke, now president of hockey operations for the Calgary Flames, and Bobby Orr continue to honour Brendan’s memory after he died in a 2010 car accident.
“Whether you’re in the gay community or not, I’m a big supporter,” said Orr. “Like so many people, I think this bullying thing is out of hand.”
When the Luminato Festival’s artistic team began working on Trove, assembling 50 ‘fascinating, precious, storied objects and artworks’ rarely seen in T.O., they came to the basement museum of ‘Ultimate Leaf Fan’ Mike Wilson. The door is part of his largest private collection of the team’s memorabilia, one of the most popular conversation pieces among an estimated 2,000 Leaf-related items
Pictures and news clips were presented to Col. Chris Hadfield and relatives by team historians Mike Wilson and Paul Patskou, Wilson’s Toronto “museum” is world’s largest private collection of Leaf memoribilia.
Toronto life invites readers to take a closer look at the ultimate Toronto Maple Leafs fancave
We recently hosted the Toros reunion and Lance Hornby wrote a great article covering the event for The Sun.
"A Night for Change" was hosted by Mike Wilson and lends a hand to the Canadian Safe School Network and their campaign against homophobia. Check out the stories by clicking here.
John Derringer, host of Q107 Radio, mentions the Ultimate Leafs Fan in his broadcast.
The guys at the Hockey Writers Blog feature Mike's collection and his place in the annals of hockey history.
Mike Wilson is featured in the Toronto Star on May 20, 2015.
One of the first articles on Mike's incredible collection written in 2008. It offers a in-depth walkthrough of a great deal of the gallery.
Watch Mike Wilson as he is interviewed by CTV News' Suneel Joshi about the incredible collection of Leafs memorabilia at his home. The story was featured on January 13, 2015.
Astonished guests come upon 2,000-plus Leafs artifacts, arranged in displays that rival the Hockey Hall Of Fame. But what Wilson values the most in his career collection are the 2,000-plus tales that go with every piece.
Meet Mike Wilson and check out all his Leafs memorabilia! Boy can this guy collect! His collection started at a very young age and from a single stick, his collection has grown.But what Wilson values the most in his career collection are the 2,000-plus tales that go with every piece.
There are hockey fans and then there is Mike Wilson. The Toronto man has been collecting memorabilia for the last 50 years. His collection features the rarest of the rare and even rivals the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Half a century ago, Toronto native Mike Wilson recieved his first piece of Leafs memorabilia: a stick used by three-time Stanley Cup Winner Carl Brewer. From a single stick, his collection has grown into the Leafs Lair.