After recently trading our former captain Dion Phanuef, The Toronto Maple Leafs are looking for a new captain to lead the team on and off the ice. The Observer imagines what a job posting for this coveted role might look like.
Job Title: Captain, Toronto Maple Leafs
Job Description: The captain is expected to be a role model for the rest of the players on the roster. He is also expected to train with and mentor various prospects in the system to prepare them for a future career in the National Hockey League. This position involves regular travel. The selected candidate must be a team player and create the best possible experience for every member of the Maple Leafs. There is the possibility of relocation at any time.
· Be compared to former captains throughout your tenure as captain of the Maple Leafs. Guys like Dave Keon, Ted Kennedy, Daryl Sittler, Doug Gilmour, Wendel Clark and Mats Sundin are names you will become very familiar with.
· Track record of proven leadership and ability to be a presence in the locker room.
· Able to handle criticism from fans on a daily basis.
· Ability to be a teacher to the bevy of prospects that will cycle through the Leafs lineup over the next few seasons.
· Ability to dodge numerous jerseys and various other objects that may be thrown on the ice.
· General knowledge of Nelson Mandela.
· Always salute the crowd after home games, no matter what.
· Ability to handle the media.
· Be prepared for media questions such as, “Are you playing to get your coach fired?” or “Are you the reason your coach was fired?”
· Also, you will need to field questions about purposefully tanking, lack of scoring, scoring too much, bad goaltending and good goaltending,
· Get used to using the phrase ‘Shanaplan’ a lot.
· Face trade speculation daily (either about you or a teammate).
· Represent the Maple Leafs brand with pride.
· Must like Mike Babcock.
About us: The Toronto Maple Leafs is one of the most storied franchises in the National Hockey League.
The mission of our team is simple: Build through the draft and win a Stanley Cup. As a team member, will be backed by one of the best front offices in the NHL that bolsters a great scouting department and veteran leadership. If you play at the highest level and manage to stay in good standing with the media and fans, you may one day find yourself enshrined in Legends Row in front of the Air Canada Centre.
Have you always dreamt of being a captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs? Apply today and make your dream a reality.