Leafs at the World Juniors: When Canada was Toronto's Team

Jeff Veillette
December 22 2015 03:26AM

A lot has been made of the Leafs' presence at the World Juniors this year. I can't blame the masses; the Leafs are sending five prospects, two of which amongst the world's best in William Nylander and Mitch Marner, another blue-chipper in Kasperi Kapanen, an underdog in Dmytro Timashov, and a steady secondary addition to team Canada in Travis Dermott. All five of these guys could end up being NHLers. But what if I told you that there was a year that Leafed at levels beyond comprehension?

Let me take you back to 2003. Specifically, we'll head to team Canada.

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Leafs Postgame: Homecoming Hat Trick

Jeff Veillette
December 21 2015 10:51PM

Tyler Bozak may have been born in Regina, but his hockey birth came in Colorado. After a few years of decent to very good numbers in the BCHL, the centre made the jump to the University of Denver, where he went from undrafted player with an outside shot to one of the hottest-pursued college free agents of the modern era. The Leafs may have won the bidding war (sorry, Ottawa), but to this day, the 29-year-old still calls Denver a second home, even visiting from time to time.

This visit, however, was less than friendly, as Bozak picked up a Hat Trick as part of his team's push to a 7-4 victory.

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TLN Monday Mailbag: December 21st

Jeff Veillette
December 21 2015 03:30PM

theleafsnation

This intro paragraph is for sale.

No, but seriously, I've got nothing this week. I don't most other weeks earlier, but this is dire. Let's just jump straight into your questions!

*cough*

Sorry. But seriously, read on.

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Marner, Dermott Pick Up Goals in World Junior Exhibition

Jeff Veillette
December 19 2015 04:15PM

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The World Juniors are still a week away, but that didn't stop Team Canada's Leafs prospects from putting themselves on the scoreboard. In a 7-1 rout of Belarus, first round pick and TLN's preseason #1 prospect Mitch Marner picked up a goal while second-rounder Travis Dermott added a goal and two assists.

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The Toronto Marlies Are First Overall

Jeff Veillette
December 18 2015 09:21PM

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The thing about this year's Toronto Marlies team, above all else, is that you have to accept that every single night will provide an opportunity for you to be dumbfounded by them. Of course, I mean that in the most positive way possible. But tonight? Tonight took that to a whole new level, as they gained first place in the American Hockey League in inexplicable fashion.

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