Throwback Thursday: Forces Night

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The connection between the Canadian military and the Leafs goes back to when Conn Smythe decided to use the maple leaf as the team’s logo. Smythe had served as a soldier in the Great War and his uniform proudly showcased a maple leaf which lead him to put the iconic Canadian symbol on the sweaters of his team. Not only did the team wear the leaf on their sweaters but many players would also serve our country throughout the years.

Today the connection continues in the form of Canadian Forces Night. ...

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#HockeyTalks Night On Tuesday

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The Leafs along with the other six Canadian teams are taking part in #HockeyTalks for the second consecutive year.

Hockey Talks is a month-long initiative of the seven Canadian NHL clubs to bring increased dialogue and awareness to mental health and effective treatments. The goal is to help bring this topic to the forefront in the public realm and alleviate misconceptions/stigma that has been unfairly associated with mental illness.

Leafs players will have Hockey Talks helmet decals and a group from Centre for Addiction & Mental Health will be in the Leafs community ...

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Throwback Thursday: The masked men

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In the words of Joe Bowen this week’s Throwback Thursday features ….”The Pillowed Protectors of the Pipes, Tenders of the Tinseled Twine, Representatives of the Roped Rotundas, Keepers of the Cabled Cabanas,” or in simple terms, goaltenders.

It has been long understood that goalies are interesting and maybe even a bit quirky. From stories of superstitions to just outward weirdness (Ilya Bryzgalov in 24/7) they’ve got to be a tad bit crazy to defend the net from high-speed rubber pucks.

What I’ve always found most interesting though is the headgear they sport. Over the years the style ...

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The Leafs & Saskatchewan

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There are two indispensable men in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan.

One is ready to declare Saskatchewan an outpost of Leafs Nation.

The other, Mayor Rob Saunders, has to be a bit more diplomatic.

“I’m a Leafs fan, always was” said Wes Ringland, the Zamboni driver at the Centennial Civic Centre Arena that will be the centerpiece of Hockey Day in Canada, Saturday.

“They’re a good Canadian team and my favourite player is Wendel Clark. It’ll be an honour to shake his hand.”

Former Leaf Colby Armstrong, one of the favourite hockey sons of the Saskatchewan side of ...

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Clarkson, McLaren Placed On IR

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Head coach Randy Carlyle told the media following Friday’s practice at MasterCard Centre that David Clarkson and Frazer McLaren were both placed on Injured Reserve.

Clarkson has been dealing with elbow bursitis while McLaren has a bruised shoulder.  The Leafs are expected to recall someone from the Toronto Marlies. Carlyle mentioned that possible names who could be called up include Jerry D’Amigo, Troy Bodie and Jamie Devane.

Forward Dave Bolland skated once again before practice as he continues to make his way back from the lacerated ankle. Carlyle said that he “looked ...

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Throwback Thursday: Get your program!

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For many fans, buying the Official Program at a Leafs game is routine. For others it’s a souvenir. Either way, $5 gets you a book with the starting line-ups, bios on the players, photos, recent news and community initiatives and some fun features.

Programs have been sold at sporting events for years. And while the layout and quality has changed, they remain a part of the experience. I mean how many times have you been greeted by the sound of “Get your program here!” when you enter the arena?

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Throwback Thursday: Classic Memories

2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Toronto Maple Leafs v Detroit Red Wings

January 1st, 2014. A day I’ll never forget. Just over a week removed from the largest outdoor game in NHL history, the images are just as vivid in my head. While it may have taken many of us a while to thaw out from the cold, it will definitely take much longer to forget the atmosphere at the Big House on New Years Day.

With an abundance of snow falling and below zero temperatures, the #SEAofBLUE endured the elements to cheer the blue and white on to victory. Wings chants echoed ...

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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.

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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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