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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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After The Fall: Now What?

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I’m a glass overflowing kind of guy.

I think we’re going to get this climate change thing sorted out. Don’t ask me why, it’s just a feeling.

I’ll give you even money that Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin can still patch things up, if not for their sake then for the kids, Apple and Moses who, now that I think of it, might deserve new parents with better judgment.

And so I am happy to inform you that Leaf fans can now decide what’s worse, a sudden heartwrenching loss in Boston or the ...

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Lupul To Have Knee Surgery

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Joffrey Lupul was not on the ice Monday and head coach Randy Carlyle updated the status of the Leafs forward following practice in Tampa Bay.

“He is going to have surgery done on his knee,” Carlyle said. “It’s a meniscus procedure and will be done arthroscopically. It will be three weeks to a month recovery.”

Lupul will miss the final three regular season games and finishes the season with 44 points (22 goals, 22 assists) in 69 games.

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Throwback Thursday: Brothers

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While there has been family ties in all areas of the National Hockey League for years the most significant has been the presence of sibling players. With 47 pairs lacing them up for the same team and many others bearing rival sweaters the brotherly connections go back to the days of Henri and Maurice Richard, Frank and Peter Mahovlich, and all the way up to the current siblings like the Staal, Schenn, and Sedin brothers.

As we look forward to tonight’s matchup with the Boston Bruins we also take a look back ...

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Bruins can again define Leafs’ progress

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Say what you want about the schedulemaker: he certainly has a flair for the dramatic.

The Leafs host the Bruins, Thursday night in the most meaningful game Toronto has played since May 14.

Yes, that May 14, the three goals in 10-minutes May 14 Game 7 loss in Boston.

Here is the recipe for the season, Leaf fans. You need both the Leafs and the Bruins to be the teams they seemed destined to be when Nazem Kadri popped home a two-on-one goal to put the Leafs up 4-1 early in the third ...

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Brown A Finalist For Most Outstanding Player Of The Year

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Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Connor Brown is the Erie Otters finalist for the Most Outstanding Player of the Year. The award is voted on by sports writers and broadcasters in the OHL.

Brown was selected by the Leasf in the sixth round (156th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He led the Canadian Hockey League in scoring this past season with 128 points on 45 goals and 83 assists.

The Toronto native was featured on an episode of The Leaf – presented by BlackBerry. Watch the episode below or mobile users can ...

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#MusicMonday: 13

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What does Mats Sundin have in common with Black Sabbath?

Think really hard….

 

13. The number Mats Sundin wore for the blue and white, and also the name of Black Sabbath’s latest album released in June of 2013. The story behind the album’s name is an entertaining one and while it has nothing to do with the legendary Leaf it is true to rockstar status stemming from rebelling against record execs. Learn more about that HERE. 

Black Sabbath is currently touring North America making stops in London, Hamilton, and Ottawa among other cities ...

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