It’s been 50 years since the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup. And this Sunday will mark the 25th edition of Sir Elton John’s Oscar viewing party in Beverly Hills, which raises massive amounts of money each year for the entertainer’s AIDS Foundation.
Why are we connecting these two storied brands? You can thank Mike Myers. The SNL alum attended the inaugural John affair in 1993. It was his first big Hollywood party, following the breakout success of Wayne’s World. As Myers has related several times over the years, he was amazed at one point to be introduced, without warning, to a familiar Canadian face. John’s then-boyfriend and now-husband, David Furnish, went to the same Scarborough, Ontario high school as Myers and was a classmate of the comedian’s best friend.
What we didn’t know until reading Myers’ recent book Canada is the rest of the Oscar party story. Per Mike:
Elton is a sports fan, having once owned the English soccer team Watford FC. At that party, he and I had the most in-depth conversation about what the [Toronto Maple] Leafs needed to do to turn the organization around. With encyclopedic knowledge, he went player by player through the Leafs roster. By some stroke of good fortune, I had spent the day reading my Hockey News.
We’re guessing that it is through Furnish that John became such an astute fan of the Toronto hockey team. The following NHL season, 1993-94, is the last time a Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup.
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