All The Latest From Training Camp

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The Maple Leafs held an open practice at the ACC Thursday with a few thousand fans in attendance as the Leafs were put through a tough two-hour practice.

One player who wasn’t on the ice was Tim Connolly who was placed on waivers Thursday.

Here is how the Leafs lines looked:

Phil Kessel- Tyler Bozak-Joffrey Lupul
Clarke MacArthur-Mikhail Grabovski-Nikolai Kulemin
Leo Komarov-Nazem Kadri-James van Riemsdyk
Mike Brown-Jay McClement-Colton
David Steckel-Matt Frattin

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Leafs Scrimmage On Day Four Of Camp

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The Maple Leafs had a Blue and White  game Wednesday as the two teams were mixed with Leafs and Toronto Marlies. For those that want to know the score, Team Blue defeated Team White 5-1 as Nazem Kadri recorded a hat-trick in the first period.

For the second consecutive day, defenceman Jake Gardiner skated ahead of practice with strength and conditioning coach Anthony Belza.  Gardiner was on the ice for about 18 minutes. You can see some of the drills he was put through in the below video.

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Gardiner Returns To The Ice

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Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Gardiner skated for 15 minutes ahead of practice with strength and conditioning coach Anthony Belza. It was the first time that Gardiner has skated since getting hit during the Toronto Marlies December 8th game against Rochester.

Here is the video of Gardiner skating Tuesday.

The news wasn’t as good for James van Riemsdyk and Colton Orr who both had to leave practice early. Van Riemsdyk took a shot off his right ankle but according to head coach Randy Carlyle, van Riemsdyk has a bruise while Orr has a ...

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Day Two: Fans & Rielly

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The second day of Maple Leafs training camp brought some new-look lines and a packed house as fans filled the MasterCard Centre for the first of two open practices this week. Fans can come to MCC Tuesday as the practice is open again from 10am-12pm.

“It was nice,” Phil Kessel said on the applause from the crowd at Monday’s practice. “Fans are happy that we are back and they’re excited just like we are to get the season going.”

During his lengthy gathering with the media on Monday head coach Randy Carlyle ...

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Wrap Up From Day One Of Camp

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The Maple Leafs hit the ice Sunday on the first day of training camp with 31 players in camp but just 23 who can make the opening night roster in Montreal next Saturday.

Prior to the start of training camp, the Leafs announced that Keith Aucoin, Ben Scrivens, Matt Frattin, Nazem Kadri, Morgan Rielly, Mark Fraser, Leo Komarov, Ryan Hamilton, Jake Gardiner, Mike Kostka and Korbinian Holzer were added from the Toronto Marlies or junior in Rielly’s case.

The Leafs will also be signing restricted free-agent defenceman Cody Franson and free agent ...

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Leafs Continue To Skate Ahead Of Camp

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A full complement of Maple Leafs players skated at MasterCard Centre Friday as they continue to prepare for the start of camp. A few players hit the ice at 10 am for skill drills while the entire team joined them at 11 am.

Leafs TV was able to speak with three players following the informal skate. Check out the interviews with Carl Gunnarsson, James van Riemsdyk and Joffrey Lupul.

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USA Wins Gold At World Juniors

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The United States is on top of the hockey world following a 3-1 win over Sweden to win the Gold medal at the 2013 World Junior tournament. It is the second gold medal for the USA in three years as they won the 2010 tournament over Canada.

Leafs prospects Tyler Biggs and Garret Sparks won gold medals while Swedish prospect Tom Nilsson took home a silver medal. Biggs was on the ice for all three USA goals on the day. He finished the tournament with one point and a +6 rating. ...

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Three Leafs To Battle For Gold

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For the fourth straight year, Canada will not win the Gold medal at the World Junior tournament as they fell 5-1 to the United States in the first semi-final on Thursday. Canada was down 2-0 after the opening 20 and 4-0 after two periods. In the second semi-final, Sweden defeated Russia 3-2 in the shootout after blowing a 2-0 first period lead.

The Leafs will have three players in the Gold Medal game as Tyler Biggs and Garret Sparks will represent the USA while Tom Nilsson is on team Sweden. The ...

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USA Routs Czech Republic To Advance To Semi-Finals

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

The first semi-final at the 2013 World Junior Championships is set following the USA’s 7-0 romp over the Czech Republic. With the victory, the USA will now face Canada Thursday in the first semi-final (4am TSN) as the winner advances to the Gold Medal game.

The USA scored five power-play goals (three in the second) to easily handle the second place team from Group A. If you missed the game live, you can watch a replay at 10:30am TSN and 7:30pm on TSN.

Leafs prospect Tyler Biggs didn’t have a point in ...

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Quarter-Finals All Set At World Juniors

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The 2013 World Junior Championships have moved on to the quarter-finals and all four Leafs prospects are still alive to win the Gold medal.

Morgan Rielly and Canada faced Russia with top spot in Group B on the line and Canada came out on top 4-1 thanks to two first period power play goals during a five minute man advantage.  Canada will now get a bye to the semi-finals where they will face the winner of the USA/Czech Republic game while Russia takes on Switzerland in the quarter-finals Wednesday (8am, TSN).

Rielly was held ...

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Canada Continues Perfect Record

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Sunday brought the showdown between Canada and the USA and it was an intense game with Canada just hanging on for the 2-1 win. Canada was ahead 2-0 after 40 minutes and despite having several chances to increase the lead it was nail biting finish.

With the win, Canada is now 3-0-0 and leading Group B with 9 points. Russia is second with 8 points and the winner of the New Year’s Eve game between the two rivals will finish first and get a bye to the semi-final. Watch the game Monday (9am ...

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Quiet Day At World Juniors

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Saturday saw just one Leafs prospect playing at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia as defenceman Tom Nilsson and Sweden defeated Latvia 5-1 to move to 2-1-0-0 giving them eight points and top spot in Group A.

The Swedes led 2-1 after two periods despite a huge shot advantage (32-11) after 40 minutes of action. Nilsson continues to look for his first point of the tournament but the stay at home blueliner had one shot and a +1 rating.

Sunday will be a huge day at the tournament as Morgan Rielly ...

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Huge Game From Rielly Leads Canada

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Leafs prospect Morgan Rielly was outstanding for Canada in their 6-3 come from behind win over Slovakia to improve to 2-0-0 at the 2013 World Junior tournament.

“As a team I think this will help us down the road,” Rielly told TSN after the game. “We understand that every team in this tournament is pretty good and we have to play well every night and tonight we were put to the test and we played well down the stretch.”

If you missed the game, you can watch a replay tonight at 7:30 pm on ...

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Latest From World Juniors In Russia

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Thursday was the second day of the 2013 World Junior tournament and just one Leafs prospect was in action as Tyler Biggs and the USA routed Germany 8-0.  Biggs didn’t record a point in the win but he had two shots along with an even rating and two penalty minutes.

Fellow Leafs prospect Garret Sparks was the third goalie for the US on Thursday.

If you missed the game, you can watch it again tonight on TSN2 at 7:30pm.

All three Leafs prospects will be in action early Friday morning as Morgan Rielly and ...

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World Juniors Begin

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The 2013 World Junior tournament begin early Wednesday morning with two Leafs prospects playing their first game.

Morgan Rielly is manning the point for Team Canada and in a big 9-3 win over Germany, he recorded one assist along with a plus one mark and three shots. If you missed the game, a replay will be on TSN at Noon ET and 7:30pm ET.  Canada will have a day off on Thursday before being back in action Friday against Slovakia (4:30am ET, TSN).

The second Leafs prospect playing Wednesday was Swedish defenceman ...

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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.

Alf Skinner led Toronto ...

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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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