Baun ambivalent about legacy of famous goal.


He is not ungrateful but sometimes Bob Baun wonders whether his iconic goal was a good thing or a bad thing for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

April 23, 1964, the 27-year-old Baun, playing on a broken leg numbed by freezing, scores in the second minute of overtime as the Leafs beat Detroit 4-3 in an elimination game in Motown to even the Stanley Cup final at three games each.

Two nights later, the Leafs won Game 7 at home by a count of 4-0 to claim their third straight Stanley Cup, a ...

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Leafs/Canucks Game To Start At 6pm Saturday


When the Maple Leafs return home to take on the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, please note that game time will be 6pm. You can watch the game on CBC and listen on Sportsnet FAN590.

Prior to puck drop, there will be a ceremony to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Leafs 1964 Stanley Cup winning team.

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Throwback Thursday: 1964

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In 1964 and for the 3rd consecutive season the Maple Leafs would find themselves in the Stanley Cup Final. And for the 2nd year in a row it would be against the same opponent, the Detroit Red Wings. With a roster full of future Hall of Famers, the Leafs, down 3 games to 2, faced a dramatic Game 6. With the game tied 3-3 in the 3rd period, Bob Baun suffered an ankle injury off a Gordie Howe slapshot. After being carted off the ice on a stretcher the game ...

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Canadian Forces Appreciation Night Saturday

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When the Maple Leafs host the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, it will be the 8th annual Canadian Forces Appreciation Night. This years theme is Humanitarian Missions. All of the individuals involved in the pre-game ceremonies and various others in attendance assisted with the efforts recently in the Philippines.

The Leafs have had a long history with the Canadian Forces. Former owner Conn Smythe served in both World Wars  ans the team logo, selected by Smythe, is rooted to the leaf emblem Canadian soldiers bore on their helmets and uniforms.

Dozens of Leafs ...

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Throwback Thursday: Forces Night

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The connection between the Canadian military and the Leafs goes back to when Conn Smythe decided to use the maple leaf as the team’s logo. Smythe had served as a soldier in the Great War and his uniform proudly showcased a maple leaf which lead him to put the iconic Canadian symbol on the sweaters of his team. Not only did the team wear the leaf on their sweaters but many players would also serve our country throughout the years.

Today the connection continues in the form of Canadian Forces Night. ...

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Hot Kessel riding a wave of cool

Phil Kessel

Remember the player draft for the 2011 All-Star game in Raleigh?

Remember how Phil Kessel was picked last?

Two things about that:

First, do you remember how good he was about it, how he donated the $20,000 consolation prize to a Cancer charity and laughed off what was clearly an excruciating moment where he was last pick among 42 all-stars.

Anyone, anyone who was the last pick on the playground, not an uncommon bitter memory among sportswriters by the way, would have shuddered. I would have considered therapy.

“Something good (comes out of it),” Kessel ...

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#HockeyTalks Night On Tuesday


The Leafs along with the other six Canadian teams are taking part in #HockeyTalks for the second consecutive year.

Hockey Talks is a month-long initiative of the seven Canadian NHL clubs to bring increased dialogue and awareness to mental health and effective treatments. The goal is to help bring this topic to the forefront in the public realm and alleviate misconceptions/stigma that has been unfairly associated with mental illness.

Leafs players will have Hockey Talks helmet decals and a group from Centre for Addiction & Mental Health will be in the Leafs community ...

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Throwback Thursday: The masked men

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In the words of Joe Bowen this week’s Throwback Thursday features ….”The Pillowed Protectors of the Pipes, Tenders of the Tinseled Twine, Representatives of the Roped Rotundas, Keepers of the Cabled Cabanas,” or in simple terms, goaltenders.

It has been long understood that goalies are interesting and maybe even a bit quirky. From stories of superstitions to just outward weirdness (Ilya Bryzgalov in 24/7) they’ve got to be a tad bit crazy to defend the net from high-speed rubber pucks.

What I’ve always found most interesting though is the headgear they sport. Over the years the style ...

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Leafs hit road trip on a roll with Bozak key

Playing between Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak has been red hot.


Playing between Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak has been red hot.

He was a skinny, five-foot-nine 18-year-old on the bubble for the 2004-2005 version of the Junior A Victoria Salsa. You should know in the intervening years the Salsa refashioned themselves as the Victoria Grizzlies.

That fits. Tyler Bozak knows something about the elements that go into an overhaul.

“The NHL seemed the furthest away my first year in Victoria,” he said in a recent interview. “I went for a tryout and I was an undersized guy. I wasn’t ...

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The Leafs & Saskatchewan


There are two indispensable men in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan.

One is ready to declare Saskatchewan an outpost of Leafs Nation.

The other, Mayor Rob Saunders, has to be a bit more diplomatic.

“I’m a Leafs fan, always was” said Wes Ringland, the Zamboni driver at the Centennial Civic Centre Arena that will be the centerpiece of Hockey Day in Canada, Saturday.

“They’re a good Canadian team and my favourite player is Wendel Clark. It’ll be an honour to shake his hand.”

Former Leaf Colby Armstrong, one of the favourite hockey sons of the Saskatchewan side of ...

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