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Toronto Maple Leafs share their side of why boy was asked to leave, debunking father's story

Published April 11, 2022 at 5:04 PM

We've officially added another layer to the story of the boy who was asked to leave the hockey game because of Nick Suzuki's stick. The Toronto Maple Leafs' and Scotiabank Arena have finally offered an official statement on what occurred Saturday night.

Not surprisingly their version of the story differs greatly from the account provided by the boys father. John Lu of TSN shared the following statement:

MLSE and its fan services team works in every case to deliver a world-class experience for each fan, while ensuring the safety and enjoyment of their fellow attendees is protected. In this case, with 10 minutes remaining in the game, a fan was notified by security as he was walking in the concourse with a hockey stick, that due to fan safety protocols, MLSE's fan services would assist them to check the stick until the end of the game as it poses a safety hazard for other fans. While the fan in this case did not want to check the stick, and instead made their own decision to leave the game, the protocol remains an important one for fan safety and our Fan Services team will continue to work with all attendees at any event in our venues to ensure a first-class experience for all while ensuring adherence to event protocols.

So according to the release the boy was asked to leave with only 10 minutes remaining in the game, which creates a lot of holes in the original story.

It will be interesting to see how this story plays out.
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