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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.

When searching in the App store, look for “Maple Leafs […]

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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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Gardiner, Scrivens and Kadri among Marlies in supercharged AHL season.

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The last time the NHL locked out its players (2004-2005) Jason Spezza, a player with 114 NHL games already under his belt ran away with the American Hockey scoring title. At 21, Spezza was skating for the Sens affiliate in Binghamton when he carded 32 goals and 117 points in 80 games.

Manchester winger Mike Cammalleri, a player with 59 NHL games with LA already to his credit ripped home 46 goals and finished second in the scoring race.

Leafs’ prospect Kyle Wellwood, in his second full season in the AHL finished […]

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Burke Has Plenty Of Praise For Rielly & Warriors

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The CHL season kicked off last weekend and I had a blog entry on Monday with a full wrap up of how Leafs prospects performed.

Brian Burke was in Moose Jaw Friday to watch 2012 first round draft pick Morgan Rielly and the Leafs GM was impressed with what he saw as he told Marc Smith of www.discovermoosejaw.com.

“This guy has the whole package. He can skate, he makes intelligent decisions, he makes safe decisions, he’s good offensively, he’s good defensively, and he plays in every situation, so I think it’s just going […]

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Prospects Wrap Up

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The first weekend in the CHL ended and we take a look at how the Leafs prospects performed.

Mississauga captain Stuart Percy recorded one goal over the weekend as the Steelheads split their first two games of the season. Percy scored in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Barrie as he was also a +2.

Tyler Biggs played his first two OHL games for the Oshawa Generals and the rugged forward dropped the gloves in his first game. He picked up his first OHL point (assist) in Friday’s 4-2 loss to Sudbury.

It was a good weekend for […]

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Kennedy, not Sundin or Gilmour was Leafs greatest centre.

Ted Kennedy wraps his arms around an old friend. Kennedy  won the Stanley Cup five times and was the last Maple Leaf to win the Hart Trophy as league MVP.

Ted Kennedy is the greatest-ever Maple Leafs centreman.

Not Doug Gilmour, not Mats Sundin nor even the marvelous Dave Keon.

Ted Kennedy. Teeder.

The key word here is great. Great is impossible to define. It can be quantified through statistics but greatness…greatness is an element that transcends numbers.

Ted Kennedy was great.

I was writing a book on captains of the Maple Leafs in 1995. […]

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