Morgan Rielly On The Long Wait For The Long Ride

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It took an agonizing wait but Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Morgan Rielly was named to Canada’s World Junior Championships roster.

They used to call it the Turk: the author of the call that comes when you want it least.

“Coach wants to see you.”

Just 18, Leafs prospect Morgan Rielly knows what that means. Or, as the 18-year-old fifth overall pick from last year’s draft will tell you, what not getting a phone call means.

A year after a knee surgery scuttled his season, Rielly is heading to Ufa, Russia for the World ...

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A Heartfelt Message to Senators Fans: Get A Life.

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Irritating Little Brother Is Watching You.

Dear Ottawa Senators Fans:

What is it with you people?

Even without hockey, you manage to feel aggrieved.

A Sens fan named Spencer Callaghan (above)  noticed a whole lot of Leafs’ gear at a Roots Store at Bayshore Mall in Ottawa. Spencer took a picture, forwarded it to a Senators fan group and notified the company via their Twitter account.

Not being fools, Roots acquiesced and removed all the offending Leafs material.

People. Where will your paranoia end?

Someone decided Leafs material sells. It’s not an indictment of your city ...

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Salming Could Be Best Leaf Ever

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That Borje Salming is the best-ever Leafs defenceman is above debate.

The real question is whether Salming is the best player in franchise history.

To cast Salming as the greatest star in the Leafs firmament is to push him past Syl Apps, Johnny Bower, Turk Broda, Wendel Clark, Charlie Conacher, Doug Gilmour, Tim Horton, Ted Kennedy, Frank Mahovlich, Darryl Sittler and Mats Sundin.

Salming’s number 21 is one of 18 banners hanging from the rafters at Air Canada Centre. Those banners account for 46 Stanley Cups. Not one of them belongs to Salming.

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Matt Frattin continues torrid goal pace.

Winger Matt Frattin owns a share of the Marlies goal-scoring lead with seven goals in eight games.

Winger Matt Frattin owns a share of the Marlies goal-scoring lead with seven goals in eight games.

Matt Frattin’s numbers will leave you gobsmacked.

Despite playing just eight of the Marlies 21 games, the right-hand shooting right winger owns a share of the team’s goalscoring lead with seven.

Last spring Frattin scored 10 times in 13 playoff games before he was knocked out of the final contest of the third round. In 23 regular season AHL games Frattin scored 14 times.

That’s 31 goals in 44 AHL regular and post-season contests. Extrapolate that ...

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The new style of hockey smiles.

Times change.

Bobby Clarke’s gap-toothed smile. Times change.

He is the hockey player’s best friend.

For the last seven years, Marlies dentist Dr. Matthew Orzech has been cleaning up the damage from stray pucks, sticks and punches.

Quick. How many times has one of his players lost a tooth?

Fifty? One hundred?

“Three,” Dr. Orzech said. “Because of the protection from mouth guards, it’s almost unknown for a player to lose a tooth.”

So much for the image of the gap-toothed hockey player.

“Mouthguards are mandatory and even when a player gets a direct hit in the mouth ...

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Leafs GM spends a night on the street.

Leafs GM Brian Burke learned that members of the LGBT community are over-represented at places such as Covenant House.

Leafs GM Brian Burke learned that members of the LGBT community are over-represented at places such as Covenant House.

For Brian Burke, walking in another man’s shoes meant sleeping on someone else’s cardboard.

The Leafs GM took part in the Covenant House Sleep Out, Thursday night.  Burke and a group of prominent Toronto business people slept on a piece of cardboard on a chilly late fall night to support the charity which supplies food, counseling and other services for homeless youth.

“To put this in perspective, I had a nice sleeping bag and ...

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A day to savour how far the game has come.

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There is no one day in which ignorance and stupidity fade from the mainstream and becomes the sole property of the ignorant and the stupid.

But if you look back from the high ground you can see how far the question has come.

For the first time, two European players have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the same glittering year. One of which, of course, is the superb Maple Leaf Mats Sundin, cheek to jowl with Pavel Bure, Joe Sakic and Adam Oates in the Class of 2012.

There ...

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War Stories: Hockey’s Unknown Soldier.

Windsor native Joe Turner was projected to be a star goalie with the Detroit Red Wings.

There is in the Hockey Hall of Fame a trophy called the Turner Cup.

Windsor native Joe Turner was projected to be a star goalie with the Detroit Red Wings.

When you won the championship of the old International Hockey League, they gave you the Turner Cup. It looks a bit like the Stanley Cup with a bowl on top and bands widening from top to bottom.

There was a bid to restore a new version of the IHL a few years back but that petered out. The Turner Cup is now ...

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Marlies embrace Royal road trip.

You need to remember three things on a road trip, said Leo Komarov.

You need to remember three things on a road trip, said Leo Komarov, a veteran of three KHL seasons but an AHL rookie.

Gentlemen of the Toronto Marlies, the world is yours.

Or more precisely, Abbotsford B.C, Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Oklahoma City.

The Marlies will be on the road for two weeks while the Ricoh Coliseum is turned over to the Royal Winter Fair, an agricultural institution that gives new meaning to the term “hockey barn.”

The Royal is 90 years old, 83 years older than the Marlies. You may not ...

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Gardiner sharpening his aim with the Marlies.

Jake Gardiner is using the lockout to improve his shooting ability in the AHL. It's working. He has three goals in five games.

Jake Gardiner is using the lockout to improve his shooting ability in the American Hockey League. It’s working. The 22-year-old has scored three goals in five games.

Mats Sundin will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame November 12.

Let’s play a game.

Who is the best guess for the next Leaf to be inducted?

Stop thinking about it. The answer is Jake Gardiner.

The great thing about the Hall of Fame question is that it makes you consider posterity right away. Based on all the players in the system, who is the ...

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