Leafs hit road trip on a roll with Bozak key

Playing between Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak has been red hot.


Playing between Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak has been red hot.

He was a skinny, five-foot-nine 18-year-old on the bubble for the 2004-2005 version of the Junior A Victoria Salsa. You should know in the intervening years the Salsa refashioned themselves as the Victoria Grizzlies.

That fits. Tyler Bozak knows something about the elements that go into an overhaul.

“The NHL seemed the furthest away my first year in Victoria,” he said in a recent interview. “I went for a tryout and I was an undersized guy. I wasn’t ...

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The Leafs & Saskatchewan


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


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!

Program Arena Gardens

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?

Today’s throwback is ...

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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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Rubber meets road as Leafs enter key phase


The wind at your back.

The wind in your face.

Those are the two scenarios the Maple Leafs find themselves contemplating as they head to what may be their most crucial stretch of hockey.

The seventh-place Leafs, owners of 47 Eastern Conference points, visit the 45-point Carolina Hurricanes, Thursday. The next night’s opposition: the Washington Capitals, own 46 points.

The math says by Saturday morning the Leafs, sitting somewhere in the post season top eight all season long and nine gaudy points above the eighth spot on Halloween, might be perched on the porch ...

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Kulemin, JVR & Kessel To Play In Olympics


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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Gleason adds muscle to Leafs blue line


Needing more heft and a little more menace the Maple Leafs added Michigan native Tim Gleason in a New Year’s deal with the Carolina Hurricanes that saw John-Michael Liles and prospect Dennis Robertson head to Carolina.

Assuming the Leafs didn’t contribute a little to Liles’ salary, the trade is basically a saw salary wise. The six-foot- 215-pound Gleason has two more years after this one at a cap hit of $4 million per. Liles, meanwhile, will carry a cap hit of $3.875 million over the next two and a half seasons.

What ...

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Former Players Back On The Ice


They used to call Gordie Howe Power.

It was a nickname built on his ferocious strength. Sometimes Gordie would grasp a door knob while someone on the other side was about to pull the door open.

No matter how hard the person on the other side would pull, no force on earth could overcome Gordie Howe.

Except, of course, for time.

When one of the greatest players in hockey, one of the greatest men in hockey, stepped onto a red carpet to drop a puck Tuesday he had to be steadied and directed a ...

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One year later, the fun bus rolls on.

Ulmer Rides Bus

They went through snow.

They went through wind.

They waited better than a year.

Finally, on New Year’s Eve in picturesque Ann Arbor, Michigan, Will and Lisa’s travelling road show hit their destination.

When the lockout scuttled last year’s Winter Classic, few fans were more disappointed than Will Milne.

Will, 24, a Leaf fan and an alumni from Queen’s, had managed to acquire a block of 40 tickets to the game. At the time MLSE employee Lisa McLaughlin, was working in ticketing. She made the deal possible. The two are friends and the idea of ...

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