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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.

“That was awesome,” said Marlie ...

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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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New Look Lineup Against Senators

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The Maple Leafs will welcome back three players to the lineup Tuesday as they look to rebound from two straight losses over the weekend.

A day after being assigned to the Toronto Marlies, defenceman Jake Gardiner was recalled prior to practice and he will be in the lineup against Ottawa. Ron Wilson didn’t say which defenceman will sit out with Gardiner’s return. In 37 games this season with the Leafs, Gardiner has recorded 10 assists while averaging 20:32 of ice-time.

“Yeah he is going to play tomorrow night and the Marlies played yesterday and ...

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Leafs Delight Young Crowd

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The Maple Leafs were met by 3,000 of their biggest fans Wednesday as the team practiced at Sunnydale Acres Park in Rexdale. Fans lined up well in advance of the Noon practice with plenty of young school children eagerly waiting to see their local heroes.

The Maple Leafs, Rona and Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation unveiled upgrades and refurbishments made to Sunnydale Outdoor Rink as part of their Refurbishment Legacy Program.

“Anytime you get to come out and practice outdoors it’s pretty special,” Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf said. “We enjoyed the day, I think ...

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Some New Year Thoughts

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When you work for a hockey team that hasn’t won the Stanley Cup since 1967, you don’t throw a lot of stones.

It seems especially foolhardy to criticize the Montreal Canadiens, historically the most successful of all NHL teams.

But Quebec politicians and cultural sticklers have eviscerated the Canadians over the hiring of unilingual coach Randy Cunneyworth. Since then, the owner and the general manager have backpedalled furiously.

Faced with a mob, the Canadiens’ management put a gun against their own temples.
The problem with blending culture and a ruthless competetiveness is that you ...

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Can Reimer Regain Hero Status?

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On New Year’s Day it will be exactly a year since James Reimer slid between the pipes for good and changed the direction of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Since then, the Leafs have gone 42-30-12. They have outscored their opponents 247-224.

Everything started with Reimer.

But concussion or concussion-like-symptoms – take your pick – have limited Reimer to just 16 of the club’s 37 games. This year’s statistics look ghastly, in part because Reimer has only accrued a small window of work, in part because the numbers are bad.

Reimer’s .899 save percentage ranks him 36th ...

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