October 13 2012 07:39PM
Tonight was the designated start of the National Hockey League season. But it wasn't the start. The Toronto Maple Leafs are off all over the world, right now. This was the Toronto Marlies. They played against the Rochester Americans a few steps down the road from the Leafs rink, at a smaller barn called Ricoh Coliseum.
They played very well, too, the Marlies. They won the opener and there were some players that made us very confident that the team's stars—Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri—could one day become Toronto Maple Leafs. The home team won, and had a few players in the lineup who looked like legitimate NHLers. Maybe it was more like a Toronto home opener than originally expected.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 13 2012 05:59PM
A new day, and a new year for hockey at Ricoh Coliseum. Today marked the start of the Toronto Marlies' 2012/13 AHL sesaon, making them, for a rare occasion, the number one hockey game in town. The team is a little better than it should be - with guys like Jake Gardiner, Nazem Kadri, Korbinian Holzer, Keith Aucoin, and Ben Scrivens spending lockout time here. But the opposing teams are often much of the same - take an roster like Rochester's tonight, for instance.
Luke Adam, Cody Hodgson, and Marcus Folingo were just a few of the Sabres future bright spots in their path tonight. With a Western Conference Champions banner added to the corner, the Marlies were out tonight to show that they could repeat last year's success, and against their 2012 first round opponents, did just that, winning 3-1.
October 13 2012 04:45PM
Four more KHL highlight packs for you, courtesy of our friends Steve Dangle and Andrey Osadchenko, who have so graciously filtered through the cyrillic lettering and thick Eastern European accents to bring us an English version.
As they do most nights, of course, here as a regular feature at the Nations. Tonight, Mikhail Grabovski scores an OT winner for Red Army and Caps prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov has a beautiful tally. Enjoy.
October 13 2012 09:35AM
Tonight was the night the Toronto Maple Leafs were going to hit to the ice with James van Riemsdyk in a game that really counted. Millions were going to watch. The first game of the year is always special and today felt no different—many Southern Ontarians woke up this morning finding they could see their breath for the first time this year.
There is a lockout, if you haven't heard, and we need to find something else to do with our night. Luckily, Saturday is always a big day on the sports calendar, the Leafs' AAAA team opens up, there's some good OHL action and arguably the best athlete in the world competes...
October 12 2012 12:09PM
We like to mix it up here at the Leafs Nation. While Steve is giving away hockey cards and doing some English KHL highlights, I'm going to continue doing video breakdowns of things from the last Leafs season that interest me.
This one from today is Joffrey Lupul's hat-trick goal against New Jersey back on November 2 of last year. Not necessarily Lupul's play, but this is an all-around good shift by the Toronto Maple Leafs, particularly Mikhail Grabovski, John-Michael Liles, Clarke MacArthur and Phil Kessel.