Hugh Arthur Smythe Passes Away

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It is with sadness that the Maple Leafs organization learned of the passing of Hugh Arthur Smythe the son of Leafs founder Conn Smythe.  Hugh passed away at his home in Toronto Sunday at the age of 85.

The Smythe family will always be connected with the Maple Leafs as Hugh’s father Conn bought the Toronto St. Pats in 1927 and immediately had the Toronto franchise name changed from the St. Pats to Maple Leafs. He also switched the uniform colours to blue and white from green and white.

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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.

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Rielly Has Impressive Weekend

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Maple Leafs prospects continue to have excellent starts to their season none better than Morgan Rielly who had a huge weekend for Moose Jaw.

Rielly, the Leafs first round pick in 2012 recorded five assists and was a plus five in the Warriors 9-0 win over Prince Albert. He has been on a tear picking up seven helpers in the last four games. For the season he has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) and a plus 4 mark. He sits tied for second in scoring amongst defencemen in the WHL.

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Prospects Have Stellar Weekend

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It was another strong weekend for Maple Leafs prospects as the CHL season is in full swing.

There was much interest in how 2011 first round pick Tyler Biggs would perform in his first season in the OHL and so far so good. Biggs had two points on the weekend to give him eight total for the season (five goals, three assists) along with a plus nine rating and 12 penalty minutes. The power forward had his five-game point streak snapped Sunday which saw him pick up eight points over that span. ...

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That’s A Wrap From Stirling

It was another busy day in Stirling as our journey at Kraft Hockeyville 2012 ended with two more stops.

First up was a visit to the Honeywell House with Leafs alumni Tom Fergus, Dan Daoust and also Carlton The Bear. The players took questions from the youngsters in attendance. In the photo below you see who sat at the front of the class.

Following the hour-long visit, it was off to the Stirling & District Recreation Centre for a hockey clinic run by the Leafs Hockey Development team. The four NHL Alumni ...

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Stirling Celebrates At Alumni Game

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The town of Stirling was treated to an NHL alumni game Sunday at the Stirling & District Recreation Centre as the highlight of the first day of Kraft Hockeyville. There were 17 former NHL players on the ice along with Hockey Night In Canada’s Ron MacLean plus several local residents. And a surprise visitor even made it but I’ll tell you about that later.

Take a look at the photo below which lists the players, coaches, officials, trainers and more.

Prior to the game getting started I took a quick video of the arena ...

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Kraft Hockeyville Kicks Off

The Kraft Hockeyville 2012 celebration in Stirling-Rawdon got off to a fun start Sunday afternoon with a parade to the Stirling & District Recreation Centre where tents were set up with activities for kids like rock climbing, slides, alumni signings, the Leafs Mobile Fan Zone and much more.

During the procession to the Stirling & District Recreation Centre there were bands playing, tractors, fire trucks and the Olympia ice cleaning machine.

Members of the community followed behind the parade including the Stirling Blues minor hockey team which you can see in the video ...

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New Mobile App Is On The Way

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We have some exciting news as the new Maple Leafs Mobile powered by Rogers will be available for download in October.

However because we’ve switched providers, the thousands of you who have the current application or those who would like to get the new and improved version will need to visit your App store or mapleleafs.com/app. You will not receive an “Update Notification” from your App store. Once you have the new app, you can delete the old version from your device.

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New goalie coach St. Croix preaches flexible approach

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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.

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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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