Marlies Begin Playoffs Friday In Milwaukee

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The Toronto Marlies begin the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs with a best-of-five series against the Milwaukee Admirals, AHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators on Friday.

The Marlies were defeated both times by the Admirals this season losing 3-2 and 5-1.

Rookie forward Miikka Salomaki led Milwaukee in scoring with 50 points while the team had five players with at least 40 points.

Goalie Marek Mazanec started 31 games in net for the Admirals in 2013-14 and posted a 18-10-3 record with a .914 save percentage and 2.44 GAA.

The Marlies finished the season with ...

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Throwback Thursday: Bob Baun

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Fifty years ago on April 23, 1964 the Leafs forced a game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals with the Red Wings in dramatic fashion. Proving that hockey players are some of the toughest athletes out there, Bob Baun was the saviour with an overtime goal after returning to the ice following an exit in the third due to a blocked Gordie Howe slapshot to the ankle. Later to find out it was broken.

Here’s Bob along with some of his 1964 teammates at Air Canada Centre this past season.

 

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Andreas Johnson Named Swedish League Rookie Of The Year

Photo courtesy of eliteprospects.com.

Photo courtesy of eliteprospects.com.

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Andreas Johnson was named the Swedish Hockey League Rookie of the Year after recording 24 points (15 goals) in 44 games for Frolunda. He ended the season fifth in team scoring.

The other nominees were two teammates Alexander Wennberg and fellow Leafs prospect Tom Nilsson and also Kevin Fiala from HV71.

Johnson was selected by the Leafs in the seventh round, 202nd overall during the 2013 NHL Draft. During the recent World Junior Championship, Johnson had six points (three goals, three assists) in seven games.

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World Hockey Championship Update

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The Maple Leafs will have several players wearing the Red and White at the upcoming World Hockey Championship in Belarus from May 9-25.

Players who are confirmed playing for Canada include James Reimer, Morgan Rielly and Nazem Kadri. This will be the second time Reimer has played in the World Championship while Rielly and Kadri have both represented Canada at World Junior tournaments.

The only other Leaf at this point who will definitely be playing is Jake Gardiner for the USA.

If more Leafs players are added to their respective countries, we will be sure to ...

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Throwback Thursday: Happy Birthday Borje

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On April 17, 1951 one of the best defencemen in Leafs history was born in Kiruna, Sweden. In his 16 seasons with the blue and white he appeared in 1,148 regular season games and 81 playoff games, the 3rd most in Leafs history and the first to hit the 1,000 NHL game mark for European players.

He was inducted in to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996, had his number 21 raised to the rafters of Air Canada Centre ten years later in 2006, and has a list of accomplishments to his ...

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Leafs To Select Eighth Overall

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The 2014 NHL Draft lottery was held on Tuesday and the Florida Panthers will have the first overall selection on June 27th in Philadelphia after winning the lottery and pushing Buffalo to number two.

The Maple Leafs retained the eighth overall pick after having just a 3.6% chance of winning the first overall pick.

This will be third time in Leafs history that they will have the 8th pick in the NHL Draft. In 1970, the Leafs chose Darryl Sittler and in 1992, Brandon Convery was selected.

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Brendan Shanahan is the new CEO of culture.

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Quiet.

That’s what Brendan Shanahan took as a good day during his term as czar of NHL player discipline.

“Our greatest compliment working in player safety was silence,” Shanahan said as he was introduced as the Leafs new president and alternate governor at the Air Canada Centre, Monday.

“It’s a little bit like being a referee. If people forget you’re there you know you refereed a very good game.”

Good luck with that.

There will be no more quiet days for the 45-year-old Shanahan. He has become the majordomo of one of the most intensely-followed ...

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Shanahan’s Resume And Outsider Status Are His Greatest Assets

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Loyal to none and bigger than life

Of all the qualities Brendan Shanahan brings to the presidency of the Toronto Maple Leafs, those two may be the most important.

It might feel like a reach to brand Shanahan an outlier. His resume screams hockey insider. As the NHL’s czar of player safety, he knows not only every middle to upper echelon figure at the NHL’s offices in New York and Toronto but every miscreant, their coach, GM, agent and union rep.

How connected is Shanahan?

Well, start with the company he keeps. A 2013 ...

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Throwback Thursday: On The Road

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Nowadays professional athletes travel in style when visiting other teams in the league courtesy of nice charter planes catered to their needs. And as the Leafs continue their “road” trip in Florida, today’s throwback features a group of Leafs boarding their bus to hit the road in 1958.

Pictured left to right are goalie Ed Chadwick, Ron Stewart, George Armstrong, Dick Duff, and Bob Baun.

 

 

 

 

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#MusicMonday: The Music Man

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For 26 years Jimmy Holmstrom has been the man behind the organ at Leafs games. And if you ask anyone who has had the pleasure of watching a game from the organ loft they’ll tell you stories of Jimmy and his passion for the team. I got a chance to catch up with the man responsible for pressing play on the music, the keys on the organ, and most importantly the button for the goal horn.

BP: What’s your story with the team? 

JH: I am a life-long Blue & ...

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