Game recognizes game, and I need to take a minute to give the Leafs some props.
I am a sucker for a great hockey montages such as the fantastic pump-up videos made by Hockey Night in Canada.
Which brings me to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Sure, they are the Capitals foe in DC tonight, but their home introduction video is one of the best videos I’ve seen produced by a hockey team ever. You must watch it.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 7, 2017
The video begins with audio clips and generic video clips of Toronto, the Air Canada Centre, vintage Leafs, and the team’s fans. The real fun starts at the 27-second mark.
The clip is set to a song titled Knocking At The Door by Hamilton, Ontario band Arkells. The chorus “that’s me, I’m knockin’ at the door, I’m thirsty for more, for more, for more” perfectly describes the Leafs 2017-18 season. After just barely being beat by the Caps in the first round, the Leafs are looking for more this season with a young team that is only getting stronger.
The sliced video fits perfectly with the beat of the song. Everything, from the timing of the fist bumps, shots, celebrations and hits, goes with the bass and drums the Arkells play. The movie also includes clips of Justin Bieber and Toronto Blue Jays players, representing Canada and the city of Toronto.
The video was created by Tim Thompson, a Canadian indie filmmaker who makes the Hockey Night In Canada montages. Thompson has an incredible talent and an eye for detail that seemingly impossible to replicate.
The movie was follow up to on released in January titled “Maple Leafs Forever,” which focused solely on the history and legacy of the Leafs and the painful seasons leading up to the team they have now.
Props to the Leafs, and especially to Thompson.
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