TORONTO, Ont. – Fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs will get a chance to respond to the latest wrinkle in the so-called ‘Battle of Ontario’ Saturday night.
The rivalry took another twist this week, when the Ottawa Senators sent out an email to season-ticket holders offering a 20 per cent discount to their family and friends with one condition; they don’t sell their tickets to Leafs fans.
The Leafs fans will get their chance to potentially voice their displeasure Saturday night when the Sens visit the Air Canada Centre.
Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes told Sportsnet 590 The Fan the Sens’ decision likely comes after a specific incident involving fans last year.
“A lot of this in Ottawa stems from some ugliness that happened last year on St. Patrick’s Day,” Mendes said. “I think in hindsight, maybe scheduling a Leafs-Senators game on the 17th may not have been a wise idea.”
Besides any St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans, Sens fans are often drowned out by Toronto fans when the Leafs visit our nation’s capital.
“Yes they do take over, the Toronto Maple Leafs fans are obnoxious, totally obnoxious, you can’t even hear any Sens fans cheer and they do it on purpose,” said one fan.
The Sens’ new policy will also apply to fans of the Montreal Canadiens.