Alberta’s Kurtis applauds as the Toronto Maple Leafs head into game seven

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Alberta’s own Kurtis Stevenson, also known as Alberta’s Kurtis, might be the biggest Toronto Maple Leafs fan the team has ever had. At least according to his online reputation.

Stevenson, a self-proclaimed “born-and-raised small-town Albertan who cracks beers and spreads cheers for the Leafs,” is far from his favorite team’s hometown. He resides in Redcliff, Alberta, a place of few Leafs fans, including his own family.

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“Actually, my son is a greaser fan like most of the people around me in Redcliff,” Stevenson said. His three daughters “don’t really care,” he said, “they all like dancing and not hockey.”

He greets his wife as “a saint” for allowing him to build his “dream man cave”in his basement. This is where she keeps her memories of him, a collection of more than 400 items. This includes 200 game-used or signed jerseys, 80 game-used helmets, 120 pairs of game-used gloves and his prized possession, a Leafs beer-dispensing cooler. Stevenson has been collecting memorabilia for 17 years.

Stevenson’s wife pitches in and helps keep the man cave filled with memories by sewing a cape onto a t-shirt, dressing mannequins and making custom Leafs shoes.

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As an Alberta resident, the expectation would be to root for the Oilers or Flames, but Stevenson says he became a Leafs fan out of convenience. Growing up, he didn’t have cable, so the only hockey he had a chance to watch was the early game every Saturday, which was the Leafs on Hockey Night in Canada on CBC.

Stevenson returned from watching the Leafs play in Toronto on Friday and returned home victorious, hungover and voiceless, a loss he attributes to “too much passion last night.”

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