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Kulemin, JVR & Kessel To Play In Olympics

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Maple Leafs forwards Nik Kulemin (Russia), Phil Kessel (USA) and James van Riemsdyk (USA) will represent their respective countries at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Kulemin was named to Russia’s team on Tuesday while Kessel and JVR were announced to the USA team following the Winter Classic last Wednesday.

Kessel had a goal and an assist in six games as a member of the silver-medal-winning U.S. team at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. This will be van Riemsdyk’s first Olympic experience.

Playing for the host Russians will be Kulemin’s first time playing in the Olympics although […]

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Let The Festivities Begin

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The 2014 NHL Winter Classic is just two days away but the biggest story  on Monday was the Leafs and Red Wings Alumni practices at Comerica Park. It was a chance for many old friends and foes to get caught up before they face-off against each other Tuesday afternoon (1pm CBC).

The players reacted like youngsters when Gordie Howe was escorted to the ice for the group photo.

Johnny Bower and Gordie Howe, two Hockey Hall of Famers and hockey legends shook hands and hugged at centre ice following the group photo.

The alumni game will […]

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Alumni Rosters Announced

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The Leafs and Red Wings are set to face-off in the Winter Classic on January 1st but on December 31st, it will be the Alumni Showdown as Leafs and Red Wings alumni battle at Comerica Park.

There will be two games  and we know you are wondering who will be suiting up? Below are the rosters for both teams as of December 20th.

Toronto Maple Leafs – Game 1 roster

Forwards:  24 – Dan Daoust; 21 – Mark Osborne; 19 – Bill Derlago; 9 – Stew Gavin; 15 – Pat Boutette; 12 – Rob […]

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Potentially Three Leafs Prospects In World Juniors

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It appears that the Maple Leafs will have three forward prospects taking part in the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships in Malmo, Sweden this year. Final rosters do not have to be submitted until December 25th, one day before the tournament begins.

All three players were picked at the 2013 NHL Draft. First round draft pick Frederik Gauthier (Canada), fifth round pick Fabrice Herzog (Switzerland) and seventh round selection Andreas Johnson (Sweden) look like they will be representing the Blue and White for their respective countries.

Gauthier plays for Rimouski in the QMJHL where he has […]

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24/7 To Begin This Sunday

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The countdown to the Winter Classic is on and this Sunday it is the first episode of the HBO show 24/7 Road To The Winter Classic.

A sneak peek with a look at the head coaches for the teams, Randy Carlyle and Mike Babcock.

Fans in the United States can watch the show Saturday night at 10pm while those in Canada will have to wait until Sunday, December 15th at 7:30pm to watch the show. all four episodes will air on Rogers Sportsnet.

Here is the full schedule of air times for the show […]

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The #SEAofBLUE Rolls On

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One week in, the #SEAofBLUE movement is going strong. With over 23,00 social interactions, Leafs Nation is getting geared up for the Winter Classic on January 1st at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

We have already given away a pair of tickets to the game on Twitter which we will do again this Friday. So make sure you are following @mapleleafs.

Don’t forget to use #SEAofBLUE in your tweets, photos, Instagram photos & videos and you will be on this page: www.mapleleafs.com/seaofblue

Two members of Leafs Nation were already winners for just […]

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Introducing The #SEAofBLUE

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#SEAofBLUE is a movement that symbolizes the collective passion of Leafs Nation.

It will unify our players, alumni and fans as one of the greatest rivalries in hockey is re-kindled in advance of the biggest game in NHL History, January 1st at the Big House in Michigan.

What is the #SEAofBlue? Brooke & Matt fill you in on how you can be a part of the movement.

Below is a rundown of some of the contests and sites where you can find #SEAofBLUE photos and videos throughout the month.

Mapleleafs.com: Check out the fan mosaic […]

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Lupul Skates Ahead Of Practice

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The Maple Leafs returned to practice Monday as they prepared for a busy week as they host San Jose and Dallas before finishing the weekend with back-to-back games Saturday in Ottawa and home to Boston on Sunday.

Joffrey Lupul skated prior to practice as he makes his way back from a groin injury. He didn’t join the rest of the team for practice as he is expected to be out of the lineup a little while longer.

After missing Saturday’s game in Montreal, Cody Franon was held off the ice as a precaution with […]

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Leafs Look To Regroup Ahead Of Weekend

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The Maple Leafs practiced in Buffalo Thursday afternoon as they looked to put Wednesday’s 6-5 shootout loss behind them and focus on games against division rivals Buffalo and Montreal this weekend.

Randy Carlyle was asked what happened in the third period against Pittsburgh where the Leafs were unable to register a shot on goal.

“We stopped skating, we didn’t execute, we did not move. We lined four across and we’re not a four across hockey team,” Carlyle said.

There was one line shuffle at practice as Trevor Smith moved up to the third line with […]

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24/7 – Road To The Winter Classic Promo

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The countdown is on to the Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Michigan at The Big House between the Leafs and Red Wings on January 1st, 2014.

Leading up to the game will be 24/7 Road To The Winter Classic which will track the Leafs and Red Wings journey on and off the ice to the game in Michigan.

The series will air in the United States on HBO and in Canada on Rogers Sportsnet. The first episode will be on December 15th in Canada.

HBO has just released this promo for the series. Check […]

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Leafs Take On The Pens

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The Leafs begin a three-game road trip tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins who currently sit in first place in the Metropolitan Division and third in the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh has lost only three times at thome this season.

Tonight is the second of three meetings between these two teams. The Leafs took the first meeting 4-1 at Air Canada Centre on October 26th. Dave Bolland with two, Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel scored. Toronto will be back in Pittsburgh on December 16th to close out the season series.

Below is the […]

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Kadri Set To Return Thursday

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The Leafs were on the ice at MasterCard Centre as they prepared for Thursday’s game against the Nashville Predators. Nazem Kadri will be back in the lineup following his three-game suspension for his hit on Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom.

Tyler Bozak and Mark Fraser both practiced but they remain doubtful to return to the lineup against the Predators.

Here is how the Leafs lines and defence pairings  looked on Wednesday.

All of the practice video with Randy Carlyle, Kadri, Bozak, Kulemin and Trevor Smith is below.

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The Leaf Premieres November 21st

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Over the last century, the sweater of the Toronto Maple Leafs has had – at different times – different stripes, different points and different fonts.

One thing has remained.

The Leaf.

On Thursday, November 21st, after the Predators/Leafs game on Leafs TV, the first episode of our new show, The Leaf presented by BlackBerry will air.

Over the course of this season The Leaf will look at what it means to be a Toronto Maple Leaf from every perspective: players, fans, the community, our partners and the people of MLSE who work with, for […]

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Bozak Skates Ahead Of Practice

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The Maple Leafs practiced Tuesday at MasterCard Centre prior to departing for a two-game road trip to Minnesota and Buffalo.

Tyler Bozak skated prior to the main group as he works his way back from a hamstring injury. He is not eligible to come off IR until November 21st.

According to head coach Randy Carlyle, Bozak could skate with the main group as early as this Saturday.

The Leafs lines were shuffled at Tuesday’s practice. Check them out here.

Post-practice video with Carlyle, Joffrey Lupul. Dion Phaneuf, Jake Gardiner, Carter Ashton and Cody Franson.

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All Access With Raymond & Bernier Next Monday

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The only Leafs Nation All Access powered by Real Sports for this season is taking place on Monday, November 18th from 4-5pm at Gate 6 at Air Canada Centre with Jonathan Bernier and Mason Raymond.

Take part in our largest ever Leafs Nation fan Q&A where 100 lucky fans will have the opportunity to attend the autograph session. Wrist band policy is in effect as they will be given out starting at 10am at Real Sports Apparel.

There will prize giveaways and special offers during the event so stay tuned for more details.

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Fraser Ready For Action

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Maple Leafs defenceman Mark Fraser deemed himself ready to go following Wednesday’s practice at MasetCard Centre.

Fraser is hopeful to play against his former team, the New Jersey Devils Friday at the ACC. He has been out of the lineup since October 2nd against Philadelphia with a knee injury.

The Ottawa native has been skating and practicing with the team but wasn’t quite ready for action during the recent three-game Western Canada road trip.

It will now be up to head coach Randy Carlyle to decide when Fraser returns to the lineup and who comes […]

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Movember Is Here!

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Halloween has come and gone and now it’s time to take part in Movember and grow your mo!

Several Leafs players have joined Team MOple Leaf Sports & Entertainment this year including James van Riemsdyk, Mark Fraser, Cody Franson and Colton Orr.

Fans are encouraged to support or join Team MOple Leaf Sports & Entertainment to raise awareness by prompting conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

In addition to the awareness and fundraising, the Maple Leafs will host a Movember Awareness Night on November 19, 2013 when they play host to […]

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Leafs Back To Work Friday

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After a day off in Vancouver on Thursday, the Leafs took to the ice for a spirited hour long practice at Rogers Arena a day before their three-game Western Canada road trip comes to a close.

The Leafs lines saw a slight change as Nikolai Kulemin practiced on a line with Jay McClement and Joffrey Lupul with Carter Ashton skating as an extra. Ashton was supended two games by the NHL and will miss Saturday and next Friday’s game at home against New Jersey.

When he spoke to the media following practice, […]

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Bernier Chats With Kevin Weekes

Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer would be the key elements of a 100-point season.

The Maple Leafs have the best goalie tandem in the NHL and NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes recently chatted with Jonathan Bernier.

They discuss  Bernier’s play in the QMJHL, his start with the Kings, being here in Toronto and the relationship he has with James Reimer.

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Leafs Begin Road Trip

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The Leafs’ three-game road trip kicks off tonight in Edmonton with plenty of members of Leafs Nation expected in the house.

It appears that James Reimer will get the start between the pipes for the Leafs and Richard Bachman will get the call for the Oilers.

Joffrey Lupul will take part in the pre-game skate and is a game-time decision. Lupul told the media that his grandmother put off a trip to Mexico to see him play.

Nikolai Kulemin and Mark Fraser both took part in the morning skate but will not play […]

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