'Here in Toronto, the hockey team is everything,' says Leiweke, now a Maple Leafs chief executive. He expects to feel strong emotions when his former team comes to town.

Tim Leiweke, the chief executive of AEG and No. 1 Kings fan for 17 years until his surprising departure last March, has learned some important lessons since he became president and chief executive of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment last April.

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