Our First Afternoon In Ottawa

It has only been a couple of hours in Ottawa but the All-Star weekend got off to a great start with a trophy presentation on Rideau Canal. All the NHL trophies including the Stanley Cup made the voyage on the canal with fans taking plenty of pictures. Here is a photo of the Conn Smythe Trophy.

It was a pretty cool moment to skate on the canal and see the trophies up close. Check out the video below of me taking a whirl.

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Tons Of All-Star Coverage Coming Up

The All-Star break is upon us but don’t worry I will have you covered starting Thursday from the Nation’s Capital on Youtube, Twitter, Facebook and right here on Maple Leafs Live: All Star Edition.

There are three Leafs taking part in All-Star weekend (Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul and Dion Phaneuf) and we hope to bring you behind the scenes to show you some sights and sounds that you won’t be seeing anywhere else.

The first event is the 2012 NHL Player All-Star Fantasy Draft which is taking place Thursday night at 8 ...

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An extension for Liles: what does it all mean?

I know what you’re thinking.

The Leafs have signed defenceman John-Michael Liles to a reported four-year contract extension that will pay him $3.85 million per year.  In doing so, the team will lock Liles up until he is 35.

Nice move. Liles has been instrumental in lifting the Leafs power play from the never regions of the league stats to its current fifth overall standing.

Lost to concussion for over a month, Liles should be back soon. His four goals and 17 assists this season pro rate into a 10 goal, 42-point season ...

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Win A Phaneuf Jersey Tonight!

When the Maple Leafs close out the pre-All-Star portion of their schedule tonight against the New York Islanders, you could win a Dion Phaneuf  jersey and also a code to stream regional Leafs games on your iPad/iPhone for the rest of the season by having the Tweet Of The Night.

How to enter is simple. Just use #TMLtalk on Twitter during the game and one lucky winner will be chosen to have the Tweet Of The Night.

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Marlies take Bulldogs outside

It is part of our national character that about the time we are prodded into going outside in winter we begin heckling those who remain indoors.

And so the Toronto Marlies, Hamilton Bulldogs and 20,655 people who visited Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, many for the first time, have a message.

Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah.

The AHL’s Outdoor Classic was just that; an event positioned somewhere between novelty act and intense Canadiana. That the Marlies beat the Bulldogs 7-2 was nice for the visitors but really, you just had to be there.

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Tonight’s Twitter Contest

When the Maple Leafs host the Montreal Canadiens tonight, you could win a Phil Kessel jersey and also a code to stream regional Leafs games on your iPad/iPhone for the rest of the season by having the Tweet Of The Night.

How to enter is simple. Just use #TMLtalk on Twitter during the game and one lucky winner will be chosen to have the Tweet Of The Night.

With Leafs TV Mobile powered by Rogers you are able to watch regional Leafs games on your iPad, iPhone and iTouch. This app is ...

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King’s story is a Canadian fable.

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Marlies Jerry D'Amigo and Korbinian Holzer clown around at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Marlies and Hamilton Bulldogs meet Saturday at 1 p.m. in the AHL Outdoor Classic.

You had to take a physical when you immigrated to Canada in the mid 1960s and so it was that only hours after setting foot here Helena King was telling her husband Sam she was pregnant.

Helena was shocked. Sam was too.  The two had just arrived, two children in tow, from Edinburgh. Sam has said more once that had they known another child ...

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Looking At The Alumni Rosters

One-time Maple Leafs greats Wendel Clark, Curtis Joseph and Doug Gilmour as well longtime Canadiens star Guy Carbonneau are some of the luminaries who will play the Leafs/Canadiens alumni game Friday night at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Puck drop is 7:30.

Toronto:

Coaches: Johnny Bower, Ron Ellis.

Players: Wendel Clark, Dan Daoust, Bill Derlago, Doug Gilmour, Curtis Joseph, Derek King, Kris King, Nick Kypreos, Gary Leeman, Brad May, Bob McGill, Jeff O’Neill, Mark Osbourne, Steve Thomas, Rick Vaive, Rob Zettler.

Montreal:

Coaches: Yvan Cournoyer, Rejean Houle, Guy Lafleur.

Players: Steve Begin, Patrice Brisebois, Guy Carbonneau, Mathieu Dandenault, ...

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Marlies Back Outdoors

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They came from Arnold Park in Binghamton, New York, Valois Park in Montreal and countless backyard rinks in between.

Safe then to say that when the Toronto Marlies arrived at Ivor Wynne Stadium to practice for the AHL Outdoor Classic against the Hamilton Bulldogs it felt a bit like coming home.

The outdoor game, the first convened in Ontario, will be played Saturday. Puck drop is 1 p.m.

After conducting a brisk hour-long practice, Marlies coach Dallas Eakins was sitting in the stadium dressing room, an enclosure where you seem to be putting ...

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Ulmer Asks: Will A Trade Help The Leafs?

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Ryan Miller is one Gloomy Gus but if he is right, the Maple Leafs season may not be headed for a happy ending. See the video here

It’s Miller’s contention that no deal can shake the formaldehyde out of the Buffalo Sabres. What’s worth noting here is that the Sabres beat the Leafs in their last meeting and sit six points behind Toronto.

With 37 games to play, that’s far from insurmountable and it sets a mind to wondering: if no trade would save the Buffalo Sabres, can one salvage the ...

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