As the sign on the Paradise Double Ice Complex suggests, it really is "Leafs forever" for some diehard fans who lined up in the cold rain overnight for a chance at tickets.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are starting their training camp in N.L. Friday morning, with a pre-season game set for Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators.
The ticket giveaway for the training camp events started at 8 a.m., with a line of people anxious for a chance to see their beloved Leafs up close and personal.
Austin Bowring and Steven Rideout couldn't miss the chance to see their team in their neck of the woods.
"We love the Leafs, and this is an opportunity that we couldn't pass up," Rideout said.
The two lined up outside at 10 p.m. Thursday just for the chance to get tickets.
"The weather's not bad now, but last night it was wet, it was cold. We think in the end it's gonna be well worth the wait," said Bowring.
They couldn't get tickets for the pre-season game against the Sens, but Bowring said they'll take in the training camp Friday, and likely spend their night lined up again for tickets to Saturday's event.
If they catch a cold in the weather, at least they'll know what to do: Rideout and Bowring are nursing students at Memorial University.
"We're missing class for this, but … please forgive us, all our professors at MUN," said Bowring with a laugh. "This is really important to us. We'll make it up somehow."
Leafs forward Auston Matthews told reporters during a media scrum after opening day that he anticipated the fan turnout before landing in St. John's, but the superstar said he's having a little bit of a trouble understanding the local accent.
"They're awesome out there. They're cheering, I mean it's a practice, it's a crowded arena in there and everyone is cheering," Matthews said.
"It's great to see. The people here are so nice. It's been fun being here. It's our first day and I look forward to being here the rest of the week."
The Leafs Nation is made up of "diehard Leafs fans" like Derek Falls, who flew into St. John's from Brantford, Ont., with friends who are all in town for the Leafs training camp.
This is his second consecutive year following the training camp.
"We plan on doing it continuously every year after this, yes. It's a very great time," he said.
As for why he'd take such a trip for the training camp, Falls said it's well worth it for the experience.
"It's personal. You get up close with the players and it's just so enjoyable for everybody," he said, adding that it's also a good chance for a little vacation, and he plans to take on the role of tourist when he's not taking in Leafs events.
"It's our first time down in Newfoundland, so we're pretty excited about it."
Matthews said it was also his first time on the Rock as well. He said he expects to get officially screeched-in on Saturday.