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Happy Maple Leafs fans cheer NHL draft lottery

Is it possible to use every happy meme on the internet? Maple Leafs fans were seemingly trying to, after the Toronto team won the first overall pick in the NHL draft lottery on Saturday evening.

Social media erupts with animated dancing and high hopes for 2016-17

Toronto Maple Leafs' fans didn't hold back the cheers after the team won the first overall pick in the NHL draft lottery. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

Is it possible to use every happy meme on the internet? Toronto Maple Leafs fans were seemingly trying to, after the team won the first overall pick in the NHL draft lottery on Saturday evening. 

Social media — especially the hashtag #NHLDraftLottery — and parts of the real world exploded with activity when the draw was made shortly after 8 p.m.

Twitter saw a lot of animated dancing... 

... fist pumping ... 

... frantic arm flailing ... 

... still more dancing ... 

... and other random, animated GIFs of very happy people.

The Toronto Maple Leafs haven't picked first since 1985, when they selected Wendel Clark of the Saskatoon Blades.

Saturday's draw puts the team first in line to snap up American centre Auston Matthews, who is now the focus of many hopes and dreams by many long-frustrated Leafs fans. 

But as others seemed to remind the online crowd, Matthews is just one man. And the lottery is just one early step toward the 2016-17 season.


 

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