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MLSE’s Tim Leiweke camps out for Covenant House.


A sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard.

That’s all the comfort Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke will be afforded as he joins 73 corporate and community leaders braving sub-zero temperatures at the Covenant House Executive Sleep Out, Thursday night in downtown Toronto.

The event supports $20 million in programs to provide shelter, food, education and support to the estimated 3,000 youths without shelter who turn to Covenant House every year.

For Leiweke the event holds a special relevance. He was 12-years-old when his mother’s death from cancer jolted a […]

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Throwback Thursday: Cujo & Ovi


While the notion of standing in front of a net as a shot comes flying from Zdeno Chara seems insane to me, it also garners my utmost respect. One because I’d never do it and two because of the sheer fact that the game is literally in (or out) of their hands and that’s a big responsibility. Soft goals, good goals, ‘shouldn’t have been’ goals, ‘he never would have stopped that’ goals….it all comes down to the goaltending. As Jacques Plante put it….“Goaltender is a normal job. Sure! How would you like […]

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Kadri Set To Return Thursday


The Leafs were on the ice at MasterCard Centre as they prepared for Thursday’s game against the Nashville Predators. Nazem Kadri will be back in the lineup following his three-game suspension for his hit on Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom.

Tyler Bozak and Mark Fraser both practiced but they remain doubtful to return to the lineup against the Predators.

Here is how the Leafs lines and defence pairings  looked on Wednesday.

All of the practice video with Randy Carlyle, Kadri, Bozak, Kulemin and Trevor Smith is below.

Randy Carlyle

Nazem Kadri

Tyler Bozak

Trevor Smith

Nikolai Kulemin

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The Leaf Premieres November 21st


Over the last century, the sweater of the Toronto Maple Leafs has had – at different times – different stripes, different points and different fonts.

One thing has remained.

The Leaf.

On Thursday, November 21st, after the Predators/Leafs game on Leafs TV, the first episode of our new show, The Leaf presented by BlackBerry will air.

Over the course of this season The Leaf will look at what it means to be a Toronto Maple Leaf from every perspective: players, fans, the community, our partners and the people of MLSE who work with, for […]

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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


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:

“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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Throwback Thursday: Turnbull

Turnbull scrap

As the Leafs headed to Minnesota on Wednesday night to face the Wild we look back to this photo of Leaf Ian Turnbull surrounded by Minnesota North Stars at Maple Leaf Gardens. While the Wild have had a home in Minnesota since 1997 the original North Stars franchise actually became the Dallas Stars in 1993 after 26 seasons in Minnesota.

From the 1978/79 season to 1980/81 the Leafs and North Stars were Adams Division rivals and would later become Norris Division rivals until 1992-93. And you can tell by Turnbull’s intense glare […]

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Bozak Skates Ahead Of Practice


The Maple Leafs practiced Tuesday at MasterCard Centre prior to departing for a two-game road trip to Minnesota and Buffalo.

Tyler Bozak skated prior to the main group as he works his way back from a hamstring injury. He is not eligible to come off IR until November 21st.

According to head coach Randy Carlyle, Bozak could skate with the main group as early as this Saturday.

The Leafs lines were shuffled at Tuesday’s practice. Check them out here.

Post-practice video with Carlyle, Joffrey Lupul. Dion Phaneuf, Jake Gardiner, Carter Ashton and Cody Franson.

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Experimental drug helps Leaf alumni Paul Henderson rally against cancer.

An experimental drug has helped Paul Henderson rally against lymphoma chronic leukemia.

Gravely ill 15 months ago, Summit Series star Paul Henderson has returned to an active speaking schedule.

Paul Henderson was dying of cancer when he journeyed to Maryland in August of 2012 to try an experimental drug.

“I was down to 160 pounds from 184,” he said. “I had a growth the size of a grapefruit in my stomach. My spleen was enlarged to three times its normal size. My bone marrow was 86 per cent cancerous.”

Fifteen months after that journey, Henderson has regained nearly all the lost weight. He has […]

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All Access With Raymond & Bernier Next Monday

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The only Leafs Nation All Access powered by Real Sports for this season is taking place on Monday, November 18th from 4-5pm at Gate 6 at Air Canada Centre with Jonathan Bernier and Mason Raymond.

Take part in our largest ever Leafs Nation fan Q&A where 100 lucky fans will have the opportunity to attend the autograph session. Wrist band policy is in effect as they will be given out starting at 10am at Real Sports Apparel.

There will prize giveaways and special offers during the event so stay tuned for more details.

Have a […]

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