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The Toronto Marlies begin the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs with a best-of-five series against the Milwaukee Admirals, AHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators on Friday.
The Marlies were defeated both times by the Admirals this season losing 3-2 and 5-1.
Rookie forward Miikka Salomaki led Milwaukee in scoring with 50 points while the team had five players with at least 40 points.
Goalie Marek Mazanec started 31 games in net for the Admirals in 2013-14 and posted a 18-10-3 record with a .914 save percentage and 2.44 GAA.
The Marlies finished the season with ...
Fifty years ago on April 23, 1964 the Leafs forced a game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals with the Red Wings in dramatic fashion. Proving that hockey players are some of the toughest athletes out there, Bob Baun was the saviour with an overtime goal after returning to the ice following an exit in the third due to a blocked Gordie Howe slapshot to the ankle. Later to find out it was broken.
Here’s Bob along with some of his 1964 teammates at Air Canada Centre this past season.
Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Andreas Johnson was named the Swedish Hockey League Rookie of the Year after recording 24 points (15 goals) in 44 games for Frolunda. He ended the season fifth in team scoring.
The other nominees were two teammates Alexander Wennberg and fellow Leafs prospect Tom Nilsson and also Kevin Fiala from HV71.
Johnson was selected by the Leafs in the seventh round, 202nd overall during the 2013 NHL Draft. During the recent World Junior Championship, Johnson had six points (three goals, three assists) in seven games.
Watch some Johnson ...
The Maple Leafs will have several players wearing the Red and White at the upcoming World Hockey Championship in Belarus from May 9-25.
Players who are confirmed playing for Canada include James Reimer, Morgan Rielly and Nazem Kadri. This will be the second time Reimer has played in the World Championship while Rielly and Kadri have both represented Canada at World Junior tournaments.
The only other Leaf at this point who will definitely be playing is Jake Gardiner for the USA.
If more Leafs players are added to their respective countries, we will be sure to ...
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 ...
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.
The weighted odds of winning the lottery ...
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.
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 & ...
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.