It should surprise no one who reads Spacing that I have a bit of an obsession when it comes to maps. And, as my close friends and Spacing editors can attest, I also have a a deep love of the Toronto Maple Leafs (obviously, I like to punish myself).
Before I started Spacing, I had worked as the art director of The Hockey News for five years. The only person I had any influence in hiring during my time there was a great designer named Jamie Hodgson. He took over from me when The Hockey News and I parted ways in 2003, and he was hired away to be the art director of Sportsnet Magazine last summer.
With the current NHL lockout playing havoc with my emotions, I decided to combine my two passions of hockey and map-making by telling the history of the Leafs through a subway map. I approached Hodgson with my idea and the timing worked out perfectly as they were working on a special Maple Leafs publication.
The edition just hit newsstands — The Greatest Leafs of All Time — and the Maple Leaf City Transit Commission subway map appears on the coveted last page of the magazine.