Cheers to 5 Years

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Nazem Kadri
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Today, MLHS celebrates reaching the half-decade mark of existence. On this day 5 years ago, MLHS was a newborn blog adorned with a site banner I fashioned in about 5 minutes in MS Paint. To say I didn’t expect it to grow into one of the leading Leaf fan communities online, or for it to provide the opportunity to meet so many great people over the past 5 years, or for it to lead to opportunities such as publishing a magazine about the team and becoming acquainted with a few of the team’s players and members of management …. well, unexpected would be a whopping understatement. Thank you to everyone who has helped along the way and all those who continue to make MLHS what it is.

We have some exciting stuff coming down the pipe, starting as soon as this Thursday when we’ll be doing some live blogging and comprehensive coverage on the Leafs‘ 2013 rookie tournament from the press box in London.

To celebrate the onset of September, with the preseason events getting underway this week, let’s turn it over to BigBadBoss, who as always will get us right fired up with his videos on the YouTubes.

Tuesday morning links…

Here’s the rookie tournament roster and schedule.

Most Leafs bloggers took the long weekend off before getting back into season mode, except for Michael Langlois who has a piece up on the new Leaf he is most excited about seeing this season.

Darren Dreger “updates” the Kadri situation, using 22 words to say very little.

Editor in Leaf: Three Leafs with something to prove.

Blue Chip Prospects: Toronto Maple Leafs Season Preview

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Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]
  • JMAC17

    Five year anny, first day of school for my little guy, the day off work to enjoy the silence…man this is starting out a great day!
    Congrats Alec.  This really has blown up to be a great place, your hard work along with all the other contributors here is really appreciated.
    Keep the hits coming!

  • Burtonboy

    Bravo Alec. This site is obviously a major success and you have to feel a sense of satisfaction and pride at what you and the others involved have accomplished . Well done. 
    For me I ‘m just happy to be a small part of the most amazing Leafs community on the net. Hope there are many more yrs too come for all of s.

  • Joe_17

    Saw 5 years and a picture of Kadri :(
    Congrats on the success guys. Well earned. Theres still a few of us around who were here on day 1. Looking forward to many more years.

  • B_Leaf

    Hey Alec, I have been here from the beginning…thanks. It has been interesting not only to see the growth of the site but your growth as a person and in all things hockey. Cheers!

  • mcloki

    Congrats on five years gentlemen. You’re on your way to becoming a respected tradition. Keep up the good work.
    Morning gents. I’m ready for some hockey.

  • darthNihilus

    Happy Anniversary Guys. Been a fan and reader since 2009. Love this place-it owns all things Leafs. Amazing job and much thanks to Alec and all the writers, commentors. Love you MO FO’s! Now lets get this season started! (and stuff it in the mouths of the naysayers)

  • Jordan29

    This is so awesome. I had no clue that 5 years ago stumbling on some small site would turn out like this. I honestly learned a lot from you guys hockey wise and non hockey wise. Lets keep it going!

  • Mind Bomb

    Happy Birthday, MLHS, and good morning Everyone.
    Been a long fun time :) this next 5 years will be fun as we will make the Playoffs every year and win 2 cups to complete our first decade :)

  • Burtonboy

    Jordan29 I remember the 1st time I meet you Jord. Wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into. lol. Its certainly been interesting watching the site and the members evolve over the yrs.

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy Jordan29 Hhaha there was a lot more swearing from Jor back then :)

  • Burtonboy

    Mind Bomb Burtonboy Jordan29 Now he’s a money grubbing capitalist lol

  • Jordan29

    Mind Bomb Burtonboy Jordan29 ya I didnt type a lot on sites until here so I didnt realize how much swearing there was cominng out of my mouth lol.

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy Mind Bomb Jordan29 Hhaha BB

  • Bobsyouruncle

    Jordan29 You’re still noob!!!!     lol  
    Happy Birthday MLHS.  
    Looking forward to wasting another 5 years.

  • MLHS_Luke

    Congrats Alec!  The best part about this site is that it completely weaned me from HB.
    I wonder who the longest ‘active’ poster is..Not that I post much anymore, but I’ve been here a while.

  • MLHS_Luke

    -Keon- I remember that – you were the angry guy with the fish avatar, iirc..

  • Mind Bomb

    Jordan29 Mind Bomb Burtonboy  NO worries Jor, we have all had our meltdowns on here :)

  • MLHS_Luke

    -Keon- Really?  huh.. I was sure it was fish.  dawell.

  • Burtonboy

    -Keon- When I first came on I was using the same one . When I saw yours I switched to Snoopy and never looked back

  • Burtonboy

    -Keon- Yep exact same one .

  • Komas Taberle

    Good morning all!
    To the owners of the site and all the regular contributors, congratulations and happy birthday to the best Leaf site in the world!

  • Burtonboy

    -Keon- Yeah I saw him lurking in the weeds lol

  • Robbies

    Congrats to Alec et al
    From a convalesing Leaf diehard living in the
    Land of the Scabs….. This is my lifeline!!!
    Go Blue

  • http://www.unclejakescards.ca/ unclejakescards

    wow , congrats !!! but only 5 years ? is it just me , or does anyone else feel like its been more like 10 years ?? lololol

  • Mind Bomb

    -Keon-  Alec Hired me not long after that, Although I have not had a raise in a while Alec, but at least I am getting paid to be here, not like you lugs P
    :)

  • MLHS_Luke

    -Keon- I can’t remember if I was here on day 1 or not.  I think it was day 1 or 2.  Our avatars used to say our join date, which was cool.  I guess we probably can’t bring that back (WordPress –> Disqus –> Livefyre probably make it hard to track that).

  • phaneufoundlander

    You have my sympathy living in toiletville.

  • phaneufoundlander

    I like the way you think Bomber !!

  • Burtonboy

    Watch the live stream from the Leafs & Legends Charity Golf Classic TODAY starting at 1:30pm.
    It will be streamed on the Leafs site . Should be lots of management and player interviews.

  • Burtonboy

    TheCanucksnaphook Burtonboy sneek in like you always do lol

  • Spayde_D

    MLHS – Research well done, articles well written, and success well earned. Here’s to another 5 years.

  • Spayde_D

    More of the same, but for those of you who like these. 
    New season preview:
    http://youtu.be/dYyZrJkGM4Y

  • Mind Bomb

    TheCanucksnaphook Burtonboy  Get R Done Phook

  • Mind Bomb

    phaneufoundlander  Morning Lander, I got Tickets to this Saturday for Toronto vrs Pit. We booked a Hotel Room, and will hit the Strip Bars after, gonna be an event in London this weekend :)

  • Mind Bomb

    TheCanucksnaphook Mind Bomb Burtonboy Hahha I think you heard go ahead honney I will take care of the Horses for you :)

  • LightmyLeaf

    I actually thought it was a lot longer (in a good way)….congrats Alec and all, 
    thanks for the hardwork, the insight, and for single-handedly pulling Leaf nation together….
    ..Just in time for the ride to the SC! 
    Just remember doubters and haters…when the bus gets rollin’, no broken ankles allowed….

  • JMAC17

    Jordan29 Mind Bomb Burtonboy lol…I think I remember more than a few posts that were just a string of FUCKS!

  • Mind Bomb

    JMAC17 Jordan29 Mind Bomb Burtonboy  Hahha Jmac. 

    Good times Good times

  • Wardus

    Congratulations guys! Definitely the best hockey site on the Web… At least for us leaf fans. 😉 Even though I mostly lurk, I have read pretty much everything, articles and comments, since the beginning. Keep it up everybody… You guys (and gal(s?)) Rock!!

  • JMAC17

    TheCanucksnaphook Me too. I dont think I found this place till a few months after it launched.
    I remember being crushed when Alec left HockeyBuzz…was the only thing worth reading!

  • Dink

    35 in dog years

  • Mind Bomb

    MLHS_Luke -Keon-  Was there one before Word press ?

  • Doorman

    Happy Birthday MLHS!!!  Time goes by PDQ when your having Fun!!!  LOL

    5-0 Leafs  Every Game this Year!!!  lol

  • Mind Bomb

    Doorman  Morning D man, you know, to commemerate our 5th year, we should look at a Hockey Fantasy pool for MLHS
    Its a good idea !

  • Doorman

    Mind Bomb Doorman Not Me!!!  lol

  • Leafs rule

    Doorman Nope Doorsey u wrong this time lol,6-0 to remember the hab beat down over and over and over again

  • Doorman

    Leafs rule Doorman IM NEVER WRONG!!!

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Happy Birthday MLHS, great site, great articles and best of all a superb community that makes it fun, interesting and always entertaining. here’s to many more years.

  • Leafs rule

    Doorman Leafs rule LMaooooof,so you say ,:)

  • Uncle Otis

    Cheers to us
    and cheers to you
    and if on that we can’t construe
    To fack with it all and  and here’s to you!
    Happy Anniversary Alec and the MLHS crew :)