In The Media

Toronto Sun

ULTIMATE LEAFS FAN: Hockey's strong history in the West


Next time I complain about getting to a Leaf game in Toronto traffic, I’ll just remind myself about navigating the streets and highways to fly in here and see the Kings and Ducks.

Toronto Sun

Ultimate road trip looks back on Boston rivalry


Almost 100 years before there was an Auston Matthews on the Maple Leafs, there was a Matthews Arena in Beantown.

Toronto Sun

Finding the blue lining in Steeltown sports


In a city painted black and gold, Brett Lawrence’s Jeep is a distinctive Maple Leaf blue.

Toronto Sun

ULTIMATE LEAFS FAN: Chasing hockey history in Winnipeg


At 1123 Grosvenor Ave. stands a modest two-storey residence that was the childhood home of iconic Canadian rocker Neil Young.

Toronto Sun

ULTIMATE LEAFS FAN: On the road in Detroit, Washington


You watched Auston Matthews’ game winner in Detroit on Oct. 11, but I credit him with an assist the day before.

Toronto Sun

ULTIMATE LEAFS FAN: Leaf Moose loose in California


I did not know I’d come all the way to San Jose to find myself in a herd of moose. The Digital Moose Lounge to be exact — a club of Canadian ex-pats who invited me to their sold-out private party to watch the Leafs play the Sharks.

CBC

Leafs set to embark on the most anticipated season in franchise history


Wilson earned the title of 'Ultimate Leaf Fan' for having one of the most incredible collections of Leafs memorabilia. He's also old enough to remember watching the Leafs win four Stanley Cups during the 1960s.

Toronto Sun

Is THIS the year long-suffering fans have been waiting for?


Mike Wilson doesn’t intend to miss a moment of this season. The 64-year-old ‘Ultimate Leafs Fan’, who once held the largest private collection of team memorabilia, will augment his season ticket home attendance by travelling to all 41 road games and hopes to be around for 16 playoff wins.

The Toronto Star

Ultimate Leafs fan sells most of collection to Ottawa museum


The Canadian Museum of History has bought more than 1,700 hockey-related items from Mike Wilson.

Toronto Star

Maple Leafs 'lost' 1962 Stanley Cup banner re-appears


It was the only one of the Leafs original Stanley Cup banners not used as a paint tarp and now it's being preserved.

Toronto Sun

Sharing hockey stories with Leafs fans


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.

Toronto Sun

Hockey legends take on bullying


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.”

The Toronto Sun

Legendary Leafs door part of Luminato


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

The Toronto Sun

Chris Hadfield's familial connection to the Maple Leafs


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

A look inside the secret basement Toronto Maple Leafs museum


Toronto life invites readers to take a closer look at the ultimate Toronto Maple Leafs fancave

Toronto Sun

In the Media: Toros Reunion


We recently hosted the Toros reunion and Lance Hornby wrote a great article covering the event for The Sun.

A Night for Change


"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.

Q107

Q107 talks about The Ultimate Leafs Fan


John Derringer, host of Q107 Radio, mentions the Ultimate Leafs Fan in his broadcast.

The Hockey Writers

Mike Wilson: His Role in Hockey History


The guys at the Hockey Writers Blog feature Mike's collection and his place in the annals of hockey history.

The Toronto Star

Ultimate Leafs Fan in the Toronto Star


Mike Wilson is featured in the Toronto Star on May 20, 2015.

Canadian Sports Magazine

A castle for the perfect treasure


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.

CTV

The Ultimate Leafs Fan featured on CTV News


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.

Toronto Sun

Maple Leafs superfan Mike Wilson has huge collection of team souvenirs


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.

NHL MAPLE LEAFS

Every Nation is Leafs Nation


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.

CBC SPORTS

Maple Leafs superfan builds own Hall of Fame


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.

ESPN

Welcome to the Leafs Lair


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.