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Toronto Maple Leafs ‘Dart Guy’ backlash predictably begins

Toronto Maple Leafs ‘Dart Guy’ backlash predictably begins

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The Stanley Cup Playoffs are a time when any fan, given the right circumstances, can become a sensation.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Green Men of Vancouver, supporting the Canucks. Tony X., the hilarious St. Louis Blues dude who discovered hockey last postseason. And now Jason Maslakow, the 37-year-old Waterloo, Ont., native and Toronto Maple Leafs fan forever known as “Dart Guy.”” data-reactid=”16″>The Green Men of Vancouver, supporting the Canucks. Tony X., the hilarious St. Louis Blues dude who discovered hockey last postseason. And now Jason Maslakow, the 37-year-old Waterloo, Ont., native and Toronto Maple Leafs fan forever known as “Dart Guy.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="He had a leaf painted on his face, his beard dyed blue, a Stanley Cup shaved into his head and, in the inspiration for his name, a Du Maurier Signature King Size cigarette dangling from his mouth. Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post caught up with him at Game 2 between Toronto and the Washington Capitals, for which Dart Guy had driven down from Ontario to watch.” data-reactid=”17″>He had a leaf painted on his face, his beard dyed blue, a Stanley Cup shaved into his head and, in the inspiration for his name, a Du Maurier Signature King Size cigarette dangling from his mouth. Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post caught up with him at Game 2 between Toronto and the Washington Capitals, for which Dart Guy had driven down from Ontario to watch.

He asked why Dart Guy hadn’t smoked it yet. “It’s [bleeping] 3-3, for [bleep’s] sake!” was the reply. Classic.

Dart Guy became a sensation, with dozens of Leafs fans changing their avatars on social media to his image and a cottage industry of memes growing around him.

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For a fan base that’s been accused of being buttoned up at best and militant at worst in recent years, this was a delightful bit of messy whimsy.

People really, really loved it!

Which, as we know, means the backlash arrives in 3…2…ah, there it is:

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="From Chris McKee of Tip Of The Tower comes a lament about glorifying a smoker:” data-reactid=”58″>From Chris McKee of Tip Of The Tower comes a lament about glorifying a smoker:

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Did we all miss the ritualistic slaughter of Carlton The Bear and the coronation of Dart Guy as the new mascot?

Great question:

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Yeah, it’s about time the Leafs “partnered with Kids Up Front Toronto, the leading donated-ticket distribution charity in Canada” or donated tickets to mental health organizations instead of throwing free nights at the rink to sweaty overweight men with ciggys.” data-reactid=”112″>Yeah, it’s about time the Leafs “partnered with Kids Up Front Toronto, the leading donated-ticket distribution charity in Canada” or donated tickets to mental health organizations instead of throwing free nights at the rink to sweaty overweight men with ciggys.

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I mean, considering recent alternatives…

Honestly, we want him to sing the national anthem with a cigarette dangling from his mouth like Elwood Blues.

Well, like Auston Matthews said:

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Look, smoking is terrible and awful and as a society we’ve come a long way from 1967, when clouds of smoke hung over the ice and every airplane smelled like Don Draper’s esophagus.

But being concerned that the Leafs’ support of Dart Guy is going to turn the Air Canada Centre into a dystopian hellhole of lung-tarring plumes from cancer sticks is just misguided. Everyone knows that’s actually Maple Leafs Square…

Hey, maybe Dart Guy is following Will Smith’s advice: “I just bite it. It’s for the look, I don’t light it.” Who know!

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter. His book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK, is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.” data-reactid=”151″>Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter. His book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK, is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.

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