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You’ll Never Guess How Maple Leafs Fans Reacted To Phil Kessel’s Tweet About Fishing During The Playoffs


Despite a fantastic season from Phil Kessel, the Toronto Maple Leafs missed qualifying for the playoffs after a giant mid-season collapse. Shockingly, Leafs fans still seem pretty upset about that, and they’re not letting Phil off the hook.

While four NHL playoff games were on the slate Tuesday night, Kessel sent out the following tweet (which has since been deleted) and let his 203,000 followers know that he was spending the night fishing:

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The responses were quite predictable:

This response was my favorite, however:

Anyways, with the less-than-kind responses he got, Phil sent this follow-up tweet (also since been deleted) a little more than 20 minutes after the original:


Kessel pretty much tossed trolls an alley-oop with his “doesn’t get much better” wording but, considering he’s basically the anti-reason for the Leafs struggles this season (and also a human), give the guy a damn break.

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  1. […] Poor Maple Leafs fans. The team faltered late in the season and fell from from third in the Eastern Conference to out of the playoffs entirely. So when the team’s top scorer (and fan punching bag), Phil Kessel, sent out what he thought to be a relatively harmless tweet about night fishing with friends, it was no surprise that the Toronto faithful let him have it. […]

  2. […] While several other NHL teams were battling it out en route to the Stanley Cup, Kessel went night fishing with his buddies. There’s nothing wrong with fishing during the offseason, but Maple Leafs fans pounced all over him for the way he worded his tweet. Next Impulse Sports captured it before Kessel deleted it. […]