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World Juniors Begin


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


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


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



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


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


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!


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


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.

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War Stories: Conn Smythe And The Shrapnel That Found Steel

Conn Smythe loved the military life that nearly killed him.

Five times.

That was, by Conn Smythe’s own count, the number of times the odds were against him ever returning from war.

The man who founded the Maple Leafs fought in both World Wars and saw unspeakable carnage first-hand.

In World War I he fell into command when his superior was killed by mortar shell. It fell to him to move the battery’s 12 horse-pulled guns through heavy shelling. Many of the animals dropped dead when freed from their harnesses.

He collected guns and ammunition from dead comrades. At Vimy he charged into a ...

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