Standing on guard: Maple Leaf jerseys decorate walls at armoury.

A framed Leafs jersey to be hung at the Moss Street Armoury was presented to Master Corporal Adam Winnicki, Corporal Tom Jun and Corporal Daniil Saiko  by Jeff Budway of MLSE.

A framed Leafs jersey to be hung at Toronto’s Moss Street Armoury was presented to Master Corporal Adam Winnicki, Corporal Tom Jun and Corporal Daniil Saiko by Jeff Budway of MLSE.

When Canadian Forces master corporal Adam Winnicki embarked on a different kind of peacemaking mission, he and his colleague, Corporal Tom Jun, turned to MLSE for help.

Thanks to their initiative there will be three significant improvements to a gathering place for soldiers at Toronto’s Moss Park Armoury.

Master Corporal Winnicki is in charge of the junior ranks mess, a licensed ...

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Aidan Scott Is A Star

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Aidan is the seven-year-old Toronto boy whose spontaneous enthusiasm landed him on national television during the Toronto Maple Leafs annual visit to SickKids Hospital.

Check out the video from the visit: http://www.citynews.ca/2013/11/06/leafs-visit-sickkids-hospital-for-hockey-day/

“I’m telling you, the kid had charisma,” said forward Nazem Kadri. “He came right up to me and asked me to play air hockey with him. Wasn’t shy at all.”

Shy is not Aidan’s style.

“I’d like to say he gets his personality from his parents but Aidan is just such a special person,” said his mother Louise Donnelly. “That excitement and ...

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Back to the future: van Riemsdyk shifted to centre.

Is this man the answer to the Leafs long-standing search for a number once centre?

It was just an idea. A notion even.

Is this man the answer to the Leafs long-standing search for a number one centre?

Back in the summer of 2012, Randy Carlyle was wrapping up an 18-game stint as the Leafs coach when he wondered out loud about the possibility of moving James van Riemsdyk from left wing to centre.

“I made that comment over the summer months and it was big news,” Carlyle was saying.

“This was my first test on maybe I should shut my mouth.”

What Carlyle didn’t recognize was that since ...

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Nazem Kadri Answers The Bell And The Hockey Questionnaire.

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For a guy who makes a handsome living built on fractions of sentences, Nazem Kadri isn’t a particularly patient guy.

Ask him about the one thing he would change about himself and the 23-year-old London native sites the need to be willing to wait.

“I would be more patient,” Kadri said in his Five Questions feature. “I can get impatient and agitated sometimes. Sometimes I have to breathe and relax.”

He is breathing pretty easily right now.

In the three games he has played with Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk Kadri has scored ...

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Clarkson’s return means Leafs will stand a little taller.

The Leafs will benefit from the ferocity displayed by David Clarkson when he left the bench to confront Buffalo

Ten games gone and really what’s been lost?

The Leafs will benefit from the ferocity displayed by David Clarkson when he left the bench to confront Buffalo’s giant John Scott.

David Clarkson returns to the Leafs’ lineup Friday in Columbus after his ten-game suspension for leaving the bench to defend Phil Kessel’s honour against Buffalo’s vast John Scott.

Along the way Clarkson lost $269,000 in salary but you get the feeling he will still be fine financially.

The Leafs, meanwhile lost only three of the 10 games he sat out.  Their 14 points ...

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The invisible man: The Carl Gunnarsson story.

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Carl Gunnarsson is the invisible man.

Unnoticed, even in the hottest hockey market, the 26-year-old Gunnarsson is regularly among the top five Leafs in ice time. He was third last season with 21:16, second the year before.

This season he sits fourth in ice time among defenceman with 19:31 behind Phaneuf, Cody Franson and Jake Gardiner but he is the only member of that group who doesn’t see power play time. Gunnarsson’s three and half minutes on the penalty kill leads the blueliners.

Unlike most hockey players, you would reflexively define Gunnarsson by ...

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Marlies defenceman T.J. Brennan is on a run for the ages

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T.J. Brennan is on fire.

The Marlies defenceman scored seven goals in the Marlies first three games. He has two hat tricks and 10 points.

There is no precedent for this kind of offensive output by a Marlies defenceman. Even if you look North, Brennan’s feat is a staggering rarity. The last hat trick scored by a Leaf defenceman was authored by Ian Turnbull 31 years ago.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Marlies goalie Drew MacIntyre, a 10-year pro, “but I played with T.J. in Rochester (in 2011-2012) and I know ...

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If Leafs Stay Defensive 100 Points in Reach

Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer would be the key elements of a 100-point season.

Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer would be the key elements of a 100-point season.

Are the Leafs a 100-point team?

Of course they’re not, silly. They only have 12 points.

So how to explain the deluge of good fortune that is a 6-1 record with only one overwhelmingly convincing  victory (last weeks’ 4-0 win over Nashville) in the mix?

Let me give you a hint: the Leafs are actually better than people are saying because they are dramatically improved in the only stat that counts.

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Marlies prospect makes sure things don’t blow up in his face.

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It is a testament to Christopher Gibson’s dexterity that the Toronto Marlies 20-year-old goalie handles the puck as he would a hand grenade.

He has handled hand grenades. He prefers pucks but sometimes they don’t give the kid a choice.

Gibson is one of the more arresting stories on the Marlies, a private in the Finnish army who this summer fulfilled half of the 180 days of military service every Finnish male is obliged to provide. His North American peers, meanwhile, hung out at the cottage and worked out.

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One in 10,000 chance lands fan chance to drop puck

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It has been 20 years since Brian Brett dropped a puck and barring a recall on gravity he will do it again.

This time, though, there will be 20,000 spectators.

Brian Brett is the winner of the Leafs Drop The Puck contest.

Brian is a 32-year-old Brampton resident who works in marketing. He is also the winner of the Leafs Drop the Puck contest and as such will handle the ceremonial puck drop between Ottawa captain Jason Spezza and Dion Phaneuf when the Leafs open against the Senators.

Brian’s name was drawn from ...

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