Throwback Thursday: Happy Birthday Borje

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On April 17, 1951 one of the best defencemen in Leafs history was born in Kiruna, Sweden. In his 16 seasons with the blue and white he appeared in 1,148 regular season games and 81 playoff games, the 3rd most in Leafs history and the first to hit the 1,000 NHL game mark for European players.

He was inducted in to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996, had his number 21 raised to the rafters of Air Canada Centre ten years later in 2006, and has a list of accomplishments to his ...

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Throwback Thursday: On The Road

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Nowadays professional athletes travel in style when visiting other teams in the league courtesy of nice charter planes catered to their needs. And as the Leafs continue their “road” trip in Florida, today’s throwback features a group of Leafs boarding their bus to hit the road in 1958.

Pictured left to right are goalie Ed Chadwick, Ron Stewart, George Armstrong, Dick Duff, and Bob Baun.

 

 

 

 

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#MusicMonday: The Music Man

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For 26 years Jimmy Holmstrom has been the man behind the organ at Leafs games. And if you ask anyone who has had the pleasure of watching a game from the organ loft they’ll tell you stories of Jimmy and his passion for the team. I got a chance to catch up with the man responsible for pressing play on the music, the keys on the organ, and most importantly the button for the goal horn.

BP: What’s your story with the team? 

JH: I am a life-long Blue & ...

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Throwback Thursday: Brothers

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While there has been family ties in all areas of the National Hockey League for years the most significant has been the presence of sibling players. With 47 pairs lacing them up for the same team and many others bearing rival sweaters the brotherly connections go back to the days of Henri and Maurice Richard, Frank and Peter Mahovlich, and all the way up to the current siblings like the Staal, Schenn, and Sedin brothers.

As we look forward to tonight’s matchup with the Boston Bruins we also take a look back ...

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#MusicMonday: 13

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What does Mats Sundin have in common with Black Sabbath?

Think really hard….

 

13. The number Mats Sundin wore for the blue and white, and also the name of Black Sabbath’s latest album released in June of 2013. The story behind the album’s name is an entertaining one and while it has nothing to do with the legendary Leaf it is true to rockstar status stemming from rebelling against record execs. Learn more about that HERE. 

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Throwback Thursday: Fighting with Philly

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As the Leafs are set to face-off with the Flyers tomorrow night in Philly for the final time this season, today’s throwback photo brings us back to a match-up between the clubs just over 10 years ago. With a few meetings in the post-season in the early 2000′s this rivalry was an interesting one to watch. This photo from 2003 is just a snapshot of some of the excitement the tough guys provided for the fans in that era.

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#MusicMonday: Down With Webster

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While there are many musicians that call themselves fans of the Blue and White only a few could be considered diehard. One of those musicians is Tyler Armes, bassist and keyboardist for the Toronto band Down With Webster. While Tyler is in Los Angeles he took some time to talk Leafs, the team he grew up cheering for.

 

BP: You’re a diehard Leafs fan…so tell us the story behind your love for the Blue and White? 
 
TA: I grew up in Toronto playing hockey my whole life, and as you know we take ...

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Throwback Thursday: At the Gardens

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The Leafs will face off against long-time rivals the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday for the last time this regular season. Today’s throwback features the last time the Habs and Leafs played at Maple Leaf Gardens fifteen seasons ago.

Posing for the face-off are former Leafs first round pick Vincent Damphousse and Mats Sundin. And dropping the puck, considered by many to be the greatest Montreal Canadien, Maurice “The Rocket” Richard and the greatest Leaf Ted “Teeder” Kennedy. 

Take a look….

 

 

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#MusicMonday: Kip Moore

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On February 28th, Air Canada Centre welcomed Universal Music Artist Kip Moore. The country singer-songwriter from a small town in Georgia showed his true colours at the home of the blue and white when he donned a Leafs Winter Classic sweater during his set. Here’s some pictures and video from those of you on Twitter and Instagram.

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Check out his most recent release Young Love.

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**For an awesome opportunity to rock out with Black Sabbath and see the Leafs play the Sens ...

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Throwback Thursday: Leafs vs. Kings

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As the Leafs are set to face LA tonight in California here’s a flashback to Maple Leaf Gardens and an early match-up between the Kings and Toronto.

This photo is from the mid 70s and features Rogie Vachon sporting the purple and gold in net for the Kings and Leaf George Ferguson. Not sure who the other King player is sporting the impeccable ‘stache.

 

 

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#MusicMonday: Rod Stewart

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In this #MusicMonday I caught up with David Clarkson to chat about music and why he’s such a big Rod Stewart fan.

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Did you know that Rod Stewart has a son that plays in the Western Hockey League? Liam Stewart, Rod’s son with ex-wife and supermodel Rachel Hunter, plays centre for the Spokane Chiefs.

 

**Stay tuned for an opportunity to win an experience of a lifetime with Black Sabbath and the Toronto Maple Leafs courtesy of Universal Music Canada.

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Throwback Thursday: Together for a cause

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Phil Kessel mixing drinks. Joffrey Lupul serving sliders. Tyler Bozak sitting at your table. This only happens at one event. The Players’ Gala presented by BlackBerry.

Tonight the entire Toronto Maple Leafs team, Toronto Raptors, and Toronto FC will stroll down the Black carpet with supporters of the MLSE Foundation to raise money for the Regent Park revitalization project.  A very cool event that brings MLSE teams together once a year.

While there is a lot going on tonight make sure you’re following along on twitter: @MapleLeafs, @BrookePashley, @MLSEFoundation and of course ...

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#MusicMonday: Pre-game Playlists

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Whether in the dressing room or during warm-ups it’s music that plays a big role in getting in to game mode. For the Leafs, the pre-game playlist is very important. In fact, the team handpicks the songs that will flow through the sound system at Air Canada Centre as they take to the ice prior to the game.

The 15 minute warm-up features a mashup of upbeat songs and while I’m not sure who has the ultimate stamp of approval in the dressing room, their selections get two thumbs up from ...

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Throwback Thursday: All-Star Game

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What we’ve seen over the past few weeks is the very best of the worlds hockey players representing their countries and competing against each other in the Olympics. Now that opportunity only comes once every four years but on a yearly basis since 1947 we’ve seen the best of the National Hockey League showcased in an All-Star Game.

In the early years of the All-Star Game the defending Stanley Cup champions would play a selection of players from around the league. That format has changed over the years, to East vs. ...

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Twitter Reacts To Canada’s Gold

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Throwback Thursday: 15 years at Air Canada Centre

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Fifteen years ago today and after a long tenure filled with many memories at Maple Leaf Gardens the Leafs would move further south to a new arena constructed at Bay St. and Lakeshore Blvd. called Air Canada Centre. Occupying a site that previously housed Canada Post’s Toronto Postal Delivery Building, the new arena would retain some of the original building’s facade while the inside featured all the new bells and whistles.

In it’s first week, the building would host a Leafs game, a Toronto Raptors game, and soldout concerts of the ...

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Throwback Thursday: 1985

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1985. Mullets, acid wash jeans, Wham, Madonna, and Foreigner topping the charts, Back to the Future and The Goonies at the movies, and The Cosby Show, Family Ties, and The Golden Girls on TV but more importantly Wendel Clark is chosen first overall in the NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The defenceman from the Saskatoon Blades transitioned to left-wing in the NHL and quickly stole the hearts of Leafs fans with his passion, fist, and bodycheck.

Here’s a look back to the day he was drafted….

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#MusicMonday: Black Sabbath

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For a hockey team, music can be relied on to set the tone, pump you up, or celebrate after a big win. And with the Leafs being one of the youngest teams in the NHL it’s easy to see why their playlist features a lot of top 40′s, rap and techno.

However, as we learned in the 2nd episode of HBO’s 24/7, Leafs Head Coach Randy Carlyle’s taste in music is quite different. Carlyle is more of a classic rock guy and specifically favours the musical stylings of one of the best ...

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#MusicMonday: Spotted in the Blue and White

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Over the years many famous faces have been seen rocking the Maple Leafs sweater. Actors, comedians, and of course some of our favourite musicians.

Last October this picture of Lorde circulated on Twitter after her show at the Danforth Music Hall. Seems fitting that she’s rocking the blue and white as her songs are often played in-game at Air Canada Centre. And while jet planes, islands, and tigers on a gold leash may not impress her, maybe a fast paced hockey game would. HERE‘s a video of her performance.

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Throwback Thursday: 1964

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In 1964 and for the 3rd consecutive season the Maple Leafs would find themselves in the Stanley Cup Final. And for the 2nd year in a row it would be against the same opponent, the Detroit Red Wings. With a roster full of future Hall of Famers, the Leafs, down 3 games to 2, faced a dramatic Game 6. With the game tied 3-3 in the 3rd period, Bob Baun suffered an ankle injury off a Gordie Howe slapshot. After being carted off the ice on a stretcher the game ...

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