Throwback Thursday: Happy Birthday Borje

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On April 17, 1951 one of the best defencemen in Leafs history was born in Kiruna, Sweden. In his 16 seasons with the blue and white he appeared in 1,148 regular season games and 81 playoff games, the 3rd most in Leafs history and the first to hit the 1,000 NHL game mark for European players.

He was inducted in to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996, had his number 21 raised to the rafters of Air Canada Centre ten years later in 2006, and has a list of accomplishments to his ...

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Leafs To Select Eighth Overall

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The 2014 NHL Draft lottery was held on Tuesday and the Florida Panthers will have the first overall selection on June 27th in Philadelphia after winning the lottery and pushing Buffalo to number two.

The Maple Leafs retained the eighth overall pick after having just a 3.6% chance of winning the first overall pick.

This will be third time in Leafs history that they will have the 8th pick in the NHL Draft. In 1970, the Leafs chose Darryl Sittler and in 1992, Brandon Convery was selected.

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Throwback Thursday: On The Road

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Nowadays professional athletes travel in style when visiting other teams in the league courtesy of nice charter planes catered to their needs. And as the Leafs continue their “road” trip in Florida, today’s throwback features a group of Leafs boarding their bus to hit the road in 1958.

Pictured left to right are goalie Ed Chadwick, Ron Stewart, George Armstrong, Dick Duff, and Bob Baun.

 

 

 

 

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#MusicMonday: The Music Man

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For 26 years Jimmy Holmstrom has been the man behind the organ at Leafs games. And if you ask anyone who has had the pleasure of watching a game from the organ loft they’ll tell you stories of Jimmy and his passion for the team. I got a chance to catch up with the man responsible for pressing play on the music, the keys on the organ, and most importantly the button for the goal horn.

BP: What’s your story with the team? 

JH: I am a life-long Blue & ...

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Lupul To Have Knee Surgery

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Joffrey Lupul was not on the ice Monday and head coach Randy Carlyle updated the status of the Leafs forward following practice in Tampa Bay.

“He is going to have surgery done on his knee,” Carlyle said. “It’s a meniscus procedure and will be done arthroscopically. It will be three weeks to a month recovery.”

Lupul will miss the final three regular season games and finishes the season with 44 points (22 goals, 22 assists) in 69 games.

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Throwback Thursday: Brothers

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While there has been family ties in all areas of the National Hockey League for years the most significant has been the presence of sibling players. With 47 pairs lacing them up for the same team and many others bearing rival sweaters the brotherly connections go back to the days of Henri and Maurice Richard, Frank and Peter Mahovlich, and all the way up to the current siblings like the Staal, Schenn, and Sedin brothers.

As we look forward to tonight’s matchup with the Boston Bruins we also take a look back ...

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Brown A Finalist For Most Outstanding Player Of The Year

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Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Connor Brown is the Erie Otters finalist for the Most Outstanding Player of the Year. The award is voted on by sports writers and broadcasters in the OHL.

Brown was selected by the Leasf in the sixth round (156th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He led the Canadian Hockey League in scoring this past season with 128 points on 45 goals and 83 assists.

The Toronto native was featured on an episode of The Leaf – presented by BlackBerry. Watch the episode below or mobile users can ...

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#MusicMonday: 13

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What does Mats Sundin have in common with Black Sabbath?

Think really hard….

 

13. The number Mats Sundin wore for the blue and white, and also the name of Black Sabbath’s latest album released in June of 2013. The story behind the album’s name is an entertaining one and while it has nothing to do with the legendary Leaf it is true to rockstar status stemming from rebelling against record execs. Learn more about that HERE. 

Black Sabbath is currently touring North America making stops in London, Hamilton, and Ottawa among other cities ...

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Throwback Thursday: Fighting with Philly

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As the Leafs are set to face-off with the Flyers tomorrow night in Philly for the final time this season, today’s throwback photo brings us back to a match-up between the clubs just over 10 years ago. With a few meetings in the post-season in the early 2000′s this rivalry was an interesting one to watch. This photo from 2003 is just a snapshot of some of the excitement the tough guys provided for the fans in that era.

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#MusicMonday: Down With Webster

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While there are many musicians that call themselves fans of the Blue and White only a few could be considered diehard. One of those musicians is Tyler Armes, bassist and keyboardist for the Toronto band Down With Webster. While Tyler is in Los Angeles he took some time to talk Leafs, the team he grew up cheering for.

 

BP: You’re a diehard Leafs fan…so tell us the story behind your love for the Blue and White? 
 
TA: I grew up in Toronto playing hockey my whole life, and as you know we take ...

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