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Former Players Back On The Ice

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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.

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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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Phaneuf deal also says something about rest of blue line.

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Pieces.

That’s the new buzzword when assembling a team, be it in basketball, soccer or, in this case, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The word had a particular resonance, Wednesday, New Year’s Eve, as the Maple Leafs announced seven more years for Dion Phaneuf at about $7 million per.

“You need some players to play around the core,” Leafs GM Dave Nonis was saying at the press conference. “We think we are adding pieces that will help us win.”

Never mind that tantalizing idea for a moment. There is no question the Leafs, with Joffrey […]

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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.

The alumni game will […]

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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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Potentially Three Leafs Prospects In World Juniors

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It appears that the Maple Leafs will have three forward prospects taking part in the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships in Malmo, Sweden this year. Final rosters do not have to be submitted until December 25th, one day before the tournament begins.

All three players were picked at the 2013 NHL Draft. First round draft pick Frederik Gauthier (Canada), fifth round pick Fabrice Herzog (Switzerland) and seventh round selection Andreas Johnson (Sweden) look like they will be representing the Blue and White for their respective countries.

Gauthier plays for Rimouski in the QMJHL where he has […]

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Throwback Thursday: Darryl Sittler

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On December 31, 2013 many of your favourite Leafs of the past will lace ‘em up for a showdown in Motown. The Alumni Showdown between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings set to take place at Comerica Park will showcase some serious talent between the two rosters. So much talent that there will be two games taking place. Check out the roster’s HERE.

In anticipation of this big event, Real Sports Apparel will be hosting an All Access event with Darryl Sittler on Saturday, December 21st from 4:30pm-5:30pm, ahead […]

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Throwback Thursday: #SEAofBLUE

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If you haven’t already heard the #SEAofBLUE movement is in full force. Leading up to the biggest outdoor game between two NHL teams EVER, we are uniting LeafsNation to bring the #SEAofBLUE to the Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan on January 1st, 2014.

I’m always amazed but not surprised by the passion of LeafsNation. Near or far there are always Leafs fans proudly reppin’ the blue and white. January 1st will be no different.

When I originally heard about #SEAofBLUE one image kept appearing in my head. This one:

 

Last May thousands […]

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24/7 To Begin This Sunday

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The countdown to the Winter Classic is on and this Sunday it is the first episode of the HBO show 24/7 Road To The Winter Classic.

A sneak peek with a look at the head coaches for the teams, Randy Carlyle and Mike Babcock.

Fans in the United States can watch the show Saturday night at 10pm while those in Canada will have to wait until Sunday, December 15th at 7:30pm to watch the show. all four episodes will air on Rogers Sportsnet.

Here is the full schedule of air times for the show […]

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The #SEAofBLUE Rolls On

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One week in, the #SEAofBLUE movement is going strong. With over 23,00 social interactions, Leafs Nation is getting geared up for the Winter Classic on January 1st at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

We have already given away a pair of tickets to the game on Twitter which we will do again this Friday. So make sure you are following @mapleleafs.

Don’t forget to use #SEAofBLUE in your tweets, photos, Instagram photos & videos and you will be on this page: www.mapleleafs.com/seaofblue

Two members of Leafs Nation were already winners for just […]

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