Junior Tourney Draws Closer

Leaf prospect Tyler Biggs is accruing a solid record of international experience.

The 2013 World Junior Championships are set to begin on Boxing Day and on Thursday it was a chance for four of the teams to play in precompetition games in Finland.

With less than a week to go before the start of the tournament, it appears that the Leafs could have four prospects taking part in the tournament. Morgan Rielly (Canada), Tyler Biggs (USA), Garret Sparks (USA) and Tom Nilsson (Sweden).

Canada fell 3-2 to Finland with Rielly being held pointless in the game with an even rating in 17:34 of action. ...

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Arenas Played First Game December 19th

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Today is a special day in the history of hockey in Toronto. It was on this date, December 19th, 1917 that the Toronto Arenas played their first ever game against the Montreal Wanderers.

While the Arenas would lose the game 10-9, they would go on to win the O’Brien Cup which was the NHL Final over the Montreal Canadiens winning the two-game total-goals series 10-7.

Toronto would go on to win the Stanely Cup as they defeated the Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA Champions) winning the best of five series, 3-2.

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Kids Turn Out For Free Clinics Tuesday

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Many students in the GTA were off school Tuesday but thanks to the Leafs and Marlies quite a few of them found themselves at MasterCard Centre for free on ice Leafs and Marlies clinics.

They opened the sessions with a meeting at centre as you can see below.

After a short warmup, it was a visit to the Marlies dressing room.

One lucky participant was interviewed by CityTV.

In the short video below, you will see one of the drills that young players did.

A much better video with a wrap up of the events ...

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Biggs, Sparks Named To Preliminary US Roster

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With the World Junior Championships set to begin on December 26th, two more Leafs propsects were invited to junior camps on Tuesday. Forward Tyler Biggs and goalie Garret Sparks have been invited to the USA Junior camp which begins on December 18th.

Biggs was the Leafs first round selection in 2011. He is playing his first season with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals and he currently has 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists) in 30 games. He is second on the Generals in scoring.

Sparks was selected 190th overall in the 2011 draft. The Elmhurst, Illinois ...

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Rielly Invited To Canada’s World Junior Camp

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Maple Leafs prospect Morgan Rielly was one of 37 players who have been invited to Canada’s World Junior Camp that begins December 10th in Calgary. Canada opens the tournament December 26th against Finland.

Rielly spoke with the Moose Jaw Warriors web site shortly after the announcement:

“This is something that I’ve been working towards my entire career,” said Rielly.  “I’ve grown up watching the World Juniors and having the opportunity to play for Canada would be a dream come true.  The camp will be hard, there are lots of great players there, ...

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Latest With Leafs Prospects

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We are back with our weekly look at how Maple Leafs prospects performed in the OHL and WHL.

Morgan Rielly’s production has slowed down this month as he has just three assists in 10 games. He recorded one helper in Moose Jaw’s 5-1 loss to Edmonton last Friday. Ther Warriors have lost four straight games and sit tied for third in the Eastern Conference’s East Division. They have played two games on their seven game road trip as they begin the B.C. portion of the road trip Tuesday in Victoria. Despite ...

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New Mobile App Is Here!

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The brand new Maple Leafs Mobile powered by Rogers has arrived for iOS, Blackberry and Android. You can download the app at this link.

If you currently have the old Maple Leafs app, it will stop functioning at the end of the month.

We are working on sending an App Update through the Apple and Blackberry App stores to update current users of the old version, but in the meantime, you are free to download the New app today. Unfortunately, iPhone and Android users will not receive an update.

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Sundin Back At The ACC For Legends Game

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The Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Game took place Sunday in front of a packed Air Canada Centre as fans were able to watch the 2012 Inductees, Mats Sundin, Adam Oates, Joe Sakic and Pavel Bure in game action after receiving their HHOF Honoured Members blazer and ring.

Mats Sundin was the last player introduced and he got a standing ovation from the adoring crowd as you will see in the video below:

Sundin, Sakic, Oates and Bure post for a picture prior to the start of the Legends Game.

The game featured Team Gilmour vs. Team Trottier. ...

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Rielly Racking Up The Points

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It was another strong week for Leafs 2012 first round pick Morgan Rielly. The Mosse Jaw Warriors defenceman picked up one goal and three assists in four games last week. His lone goal was the game winner and pretty sweet as you can see in this video.

Rielly currently leads all WHL defencemen in scoring with 19 points (four goals, 15 assists). He has five points in the last five games and he was recently named to the WHL roster to face Russia in the Subway Super Series on November 14 & 15.

Another prospect ...

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The Week That Was For Leafs Prospects

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It was a relatively quiet week for the Leafs prospects playing in the CHL.

After a recording five assists on October 13th, Morgan Rielly has three points (one goal, two assists) in the last three games with a minus 1 rating. He is currently tied for second in the WHL scoring amongst defencemen with 15 points. His 12 assists lead all WHL defencemen.

Fellow 2012 draft pick, Matt Finn is also putting up solid numbers for the Guelph Storm. He sits fourth in OHL scoring for defencemen (12 points) but leads in ...

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Hugh Arthur Smythe Passes Away

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It is with sadness that the Maple Leafs organization learned of the passing of Hugh Arthur Smythe the son of Leafs founder Conn Smythe.  Hugh passed away at his home in Toronto Sunday at the age of 85.

The Smythe family will always be connected with the Maple Leafs as Hugh’s father Conn bought the Toronto St. Pats in 1927 and immediately had the Toronto franchise name changed from the St. Pats to Maple Leafs. He also switched the uniform colours to blue and white from green and white.

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Rielly Has Impressive Weekend

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Maple Leafs prospects continue to have excellent starts to their season none better than Morgan Rielly who had a huge weekend for Moose Jaw.

Rielly, the Leafs first round pick in 2012 recorded five assists and was a plus five in the Warriors 9-0 win over Prince Albert. He has been on a tear picking up seven helpers in the last four games. For the season he has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) and a plus 4 mark. He sits tied for second in scoring amongst defencemen in the WHL.

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Prospects Have Stellar Weekend

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It was another strong weekend for Maple Leafs prospects as the CHL season is in full swing.

There was much interest in how 2011 first round pick Tyler Biggs would perform in his first season in the OHL and so far so good. Biggs had two points on the weekend to give him eight total for the season (five goals, three assists) along with a plus nine rating and 12 penalty minutes. The power forward had his five-game point streak snapped Sunday which saw him pick up eight points over that span. ...

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That’s A Wrap From Stirling

It was another busy day in Stirling as our journey at Kraft Hockeyville 2012 ended with two more stops.

First up was a visit to the Honeywell House with Leafs alumni Tom Fergus, Dan Daoust and also Carlton The Bear. The players took questions from the youngsters in attendance. In the photo below you see who sat at the front of the class.

Following the hour-long visit, it was off to the Stirling & District Recreation Centre for a hockey clinic run by the Leafs Hockey Development team. The four NHL Alumni ...

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Stirling Celebrates At Alumni Game

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The town of Stirling was treated to an NHL alumni game Sunday at the Stirling & District Recreation Centre as the highlight of the first day of Kraft Hockeyville. There were 17 former NHL players on the ice along with Hockey Night In Canada’s Ron MacLean plus several local residents. And a surprise visitor even made it but I’ll tell you about that later.

Take a look at the photo below which lists the players, coaches, officials, trainers and more.

Prior to the game getting started I took a quick video of the arena ...

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Kraft Hockeyville Kicks Off

The Kraft Hockeyville 2012 celebration in Stirling-Rawdon got off to a fun start Sunday afternoon with a parade to the Stirling & District Recreation Centre where tents were set up with activities for kids like rock climbing, slides, alumni signings, the Leafs Mobile Fan Zone and much more.

During the procession to the Stirling & District Recreation Centre there were bands playing, tractors, fire trucks and the Olympia ice cleaning machine.

Members of the community followed behind the parade including the Stirling Blues minor hockey team which you can see in the video ...

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New Mobile App Is On The Way

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We have some exciting news as the new Maple Leafs Mobile powered by Rogers will be available for download in October.

However because we’ve switched providers, the thousands of you who have the current application or those who would like to get the new and improved version will need to visit your App store or mapleleafs.com/app. You will not receive an “Update Notification” from your App store. Once you have the new app, you can delete the old version from your device.

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Burke Has Plenty Of Praise For Rielly & Warriors

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The CHL season kicked off last weekend and I had a blog entry on Monday with a full wrap up of how Leafs prospects performed.

Brian Burke was in Moose Jaw Friday to watch 2012 first round draft pick Morgan Rielly and the Leafs GM was impressed with what he saw as he told Marc Smith of www.discovermoosejaw.com.

“This guy has the whole package. He can skate, he makes intelligent decisions, he makes safe decisions, he’s good offensively, he’s good defensively, and he plays in every situation, so I think it’s just going ...

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Prospects Wrap Up

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The first weekend in the CHL ended and we take a look at how the Leafs prospects performed.

Mississauga captain Stuart Percy recorded one goal over the weekend as the Steelheads split their first two games of the season. Percy scored in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Barrie as he was also a +2.

Tyler Biggs played his first two OHL games for the Oshawa Generals and the rugged forward dropped the gloves in his first game. He picked up his first OHL point (assist) in Friday’s 4-2 loss to Sudbury.

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Prospects To Begin Season

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The 2012-13 Ontario Hockey League season is set to begin tonight with Leafs prospect Tyler Biggs playing his first game in the OHL with the Oshawa Generals against Peterborough.

“I’m really excited to get everything going,” Biggs said in an interview with the Toronto Star. “I’ve been waiting all summer just to play hockey, to be part of something and I think we can do big things here.”

Biggs was the Leafs first round pick, 22nd overall in the 2011 NHL Draft. He played one season at Miami University in Ohio where he had ...

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