Leafs fan Mike Wilson selling his memorabilia
had been for years.
“Whether you collect Leafs stuff, beer cans or shoelaces, that gene will be in you to the day you die,” Wilson said. “Deb and my two kids knew what I was going through the day it all left. I’d had that door signed by 80 present and former Leafs and it was so iconic. They even used it in the Luminato arts festival.
“I used the room for many fundraising events and worried about continuing that and if my role as a Leafs storyteller would become irrelevant. But right after they took it, I had an email from an officer at CFB Borden. He’d seen the show at the museum and said how much people, especially the military, appreciated me preserving it. That must have been a sign for me from the hockey gods. I felt a lot better after reading that.”
The email also underlined why he thinks citizens will want a permanent place in the museum’s plans for his collection, along with celebrating the Canadiens, Senators, Western teams, amateur hockey, women’s hockey, black players, First Nations and sledge hockey.
“The Hockey Hall of Fame covers the sport internationally and does a wonderful job, but Ottawa could focus on the history and future of the game solely from a Canadian perspective,” Wilson suggested. “Especially in a museum that’s our version of the Smithsonian.”
Thuet served six years on the Toronto Historical Board and enjoyed giving tours of Wilson’s Leafs-themed exhibit to all ages.