August 18 2015 09:50AM
The word ‘compete’ rang in the air, was whispered, was sighed. You would think they were praying to it. A taint of imbecile rapacity blew through it all, like a whiff from some corpse. By Gord! I’ve never seen anything so unreal in my life. And outside, the silent wilderness surrounding this cleared speck on the earth struck me as something great and invincible, like evil or truth, waiting patiently for the passing away of this fantastic invasion.
August 17 2015 04:09PM
Standing at 5 foot 9 and only 163 lbs, Dave Keon would be considered by some to be 'too small' for today's NHL. He'd possibly be put in a limited, sheltered role; he may even get waived twice in a single season.
As one of the NHL's all-time best two way forwards, though, Keon brought value and longevity to the Toronto Maple Leafs that's hard to ignore. He was a part of four Stanley Cup-winning teams, took home the Lady Byng twice, and earned himself a Calder Memorial trophy as a rookie and a Conn Smythe as a tenured vet -- as one of the last in an era of truly successful Leafs players, Keon was the perennial Selke candidate before the Selke Trophy was a thing.
August 17 2015 01:45PM
Based on Lou Lamorellio's rules about high jersey numbers and staying away from Twitter dot com, the following roster players are safe from his eventual wrath: Stephane Robidas, Richard Panik, James Reimer. I'm pretty sure Robidas is too old to use technology, Panik is nervous about his English, and heaven forbid that Reimer sees someone use naughty language on his phone.
Congratulations to those three for making the cut. Everybody else, watch your back. New signings, be cautious.
August 17 2015 08:45AM
Our #15 prospect is forward Carter Verhaeghe, who has put up 82 points in the OHL for the Niagara Ice Dogs each of the past two seasons. Let's take a closer look at Verhaeghe, his playing style, his production, and what's in store for him next season as he figures to make the jump to professional hockey.
August 16 2015 04:19PM
Tim Horton is easily one of the most recognizable names in Maple Leafs history. It helps of course that his name is plastered on giant signs at 4,500+ coffee shops worldwide, but still pretty impressive nonetheless.
Just a heads up... There's going to be a few coffee jokes in here. Deal with it.
Horton was born in Cochrane, Ontario in 1930, playing hockey in his hometown and in nearby Timmins. In his late teens, he was discovered and signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Horton would move to the big city and continue his development at St. Michael's College with the OHA Majors. Graduating to professional hockey in 1949, Horton spent three seasons in the American Hockey League with the Pittsburgh Hornets before breaking in with the Leafs full-time in 1952. Horton would remain with the organization until 1970.