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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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Mike Kostka on loving the game and a little extra incentive.

Going into Friday's home game against Hamilton, defenceman Mike Kostka led the Marlies with five points.

Playing with prized defenceman Jake Gardiner, Mike Kostka had five points in the Marlies first five games.

A few months after he devastated the Marlies by accident, Mike Kostka has been handed the keys to the kingdom.

You might remember Kostka. His overtime ricochet off an uncovered stanchion at the Ricoh Coliseum put the Norfolk Admirals up three games to zero in what would soon become a sweep of the Calder Cup finals.

Unwilling to hold a grudge, the Leafs signed the free agent defencemen to a two-way deal this summer.

There will […]

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Salming among those speaking out against bullying.

A father of four, Borje Salming has added his voice to the campaign against bullying.

Friday, 250,000 Toronto students observed a moment of silence in memory of British Columbia bullying victim Amanda Todd.

In the wake of that silence comes a cacophony of denunciation for bullying and support for the bullied.

Add the voice Borje Salming, often cited as the Leafs greatest player, to the chorus.

Like celebrities Lady Gaga, Eminem, Michael Phelps and Chris Rock, Salming endured a torrent of bullying. In the 1970s, the most prominent Swedish player to break into […]

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Johnny Bower Wins Poll. Too Bad You’re All Wrong.

The numbers don't lie.  Turk Broda, shown in a 1946 game is the Leafs greatest goaltender.

The great Johnny Bower acknowledges his fans.

Leaf fans: Johnny Bower says thanks.

The China Wall was voted the Leafs best ever-goalie by an overwhelming margin in our Facebook poll. .

“I’m just happy to be in the top 100,” said the Leafs Hall of Famer. “I’m so excited to hear that.”

Hard to argue with the ageless one who won the kudos a mere 42 years after his final Leafs game.

There are, however, a few dissenting opinions. Add an influential name to poll respondents William Fam, Paul Skinner, Steve Kis.

Nancy Bower.

That’s right. […]

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Mind the gap: three decades between minor league stints.

The biggest name shuttled from Air Canada Centre to Ricoh Coliseum is a well-rounded goalie who can talk a bit.

Joe Bowen is back in the minors, broadcasting home Marlies games 31 years after his apprenticeship ended – wait for it – in the Montreal Canadiens’ organization.

“Amazing,” Bowen said, “considering how I feel about them now.”

Leafs broadscaster Joe Bowen.

Bowen spent seven years as the play-by-play voice of the Sudbury Wolves in the Ontario Hockey League when word reached him of an opportunity with the American League’s Nova Scotia Voyageurs.

The Voyageurs […]

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New goalie coach St. Croix preaches flexible approach


He may have been tutored by the great Jacques Plante but the Leafs new goaltending coach found his first mentor when he was eight-years-old.

“I was playing in my hometown of Kenora, Ontario” said former NHLer Rick St. Croix. “A coach came into the room and said ‘who wants to play goal?’ I threw up my hands and said ‘I do, I do.’ My brother Vic was there. He’s 10 years older than me.  He had played a little bit of goal so he gave me equipment and helped me get […]

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Kadri says he is ready for prime time.


The stars seem aligned for Nazem Kadri.

The Maple Leafs are freeze-dried until further notice. Barring a groundbreaking deal the Leafs will eventually need a skilled centreman on the first line, especially since coach Randy Carlyle has labeled the prospect of James van Riemsdyk in the middle an offhand remark gone viral.

Ah but to have a superbly-skilled young pivot with sparkly draft credentials. Maybe a player who has put up something close to a point a game in the American League; someone who delivered at that rate in the AHL playoffs. […]

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Gardiner, Scrivens and Kadri among Marlies in supercharged AHL season.


The last time the NHL locked out its players (2004-2005) Jason Spezza, a player with 114 NHL games already under his belt ran away with the American Hockey scoring title. At 21, Spezza was skating for the Sens affiliate in Binghamton when he carded 32 goals and 117 points in 80 games.

Manchester winger Mike Cammalleri, a player with 59 NHL games with LA already to his credit ripped home 46 goals and finished second in the scoring race.

Leafs’ prospect Kyle Wellwood, in his second full season in the AHL finished […]

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