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.

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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.”

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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