The team behind the players

The road to a championship starts with human resources
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/12/2001

The first of a two-part look at the human resources management at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., the company that owns the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Raptors. Next issue, a closer look at the successful merger of the two very different organizations.

When the puck slid down the ice and into the empty Toronto Maple Leaf net with just seconds left in game six of the conference semifinal, a conspicuous group of blue- and white-clad Leaf fans, resigned to their fate, made their way down 20 rows and past thousands of delirious and very unsympathetic New Jersey Devils supporters at the Continental Airlines Arena.

A disappointing loss ended the season for the players. For the 50 some employees of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., (MLSEL) — the team behind the team — who had been flown down to East Rutherford, New Jersey to cheer on their side, it would be back to work the next day.