Leafs at the World Juniors: Phil Kessel, 2005 & 2006

#57607960 / gettyimages.com Phil Kessel hasn’t disappointed in his time in the NHL, developing into one of the most productive and consistent wingers in the league. But before Kessel was tearing it up in the best league in the world, he was doing the exact same thing as a teenager at the World Junior Hockey…

Leafs at the World Juniors: Dion Phaneuf, 2004 & 2005

View image | gettyimages.com Dion Phaneuf’s World Junior tournament offered many Canadians their first chance at watching the future Toronto Maple Leafs captain. While Phaneuf has been a polarizing figure for much of his career, especially in Toronto, he was once one of the game’s brightest young stars, alongside such names as Sidney Crosby and Alex…

Leafs Postgame: Leafs Overcome West Coast Ref Bias, win 4-3

View image | gettyimages.com On one hand, the Leafs are on a five-game winning streak and picked up a victory on the second half of a back-to-back against the defending Stanley Cup Champions. On the flip side, Toronto was utterly dominated for much of the night, and could consider themselves lucky to come out with…

Leafs at the World Juniors: David Booth, 2004

#52351096 / gettyimages.com David Booth hasn’t seen a whole lot of action with the Maple Leafs this season, averaging around ten minutes of ice time per night in eight games so far this year. But ten years ago (soon to be eleven), the nine-year NHL veteran suited up for the 2004 American World Junior squad, which culiminated…

LGD- A Royal Visit

View image | gettyimages.com The Leafs host the Kings on the traditionally untraditional Sunday 5 p.m. slot. The hottest team in the NHL, the Leafs are looking to win five straight for the first time all year, but have their work cut out for them on the second day of a back-to-back. 

Leafs at the World Juniors: Joffrey Lupul, 2003

#53129535 / gettyimages.com Over the next two weeks here at TLN, I’m going to be looking back at the different Leafs to suit up at the World U20 Hockey Championship, more commonly referred to as the World Juniors.  As I’m sure you know, Toronto and Montreal will be hosting the tournament this year (as well…

Leafs Postgame- Miller Falls Down A Lot

#460070588 / gettyimages.com The last time the Leafs played the Canucks, Roberto Luongo was still their goaltender and Mason Raymond scored against his former team in a 3-1 Leafs victory.  And while the aforementioned players may have since found new destinations, the result was still the same as the Leafs landed a 5-2 victory against their…

What’s Wrong With Jake Gardiner? (And How to Fix it)

#459001946 / gettyimages.com If you ask most followers of the team, they’d tell you Leafs defenceman Jake Gardiner hasn’t had the best start to the 2014-15 season. Fresh off of signing a contract extension that will see him earn $4.05 million cap hit for the next five seasons, the pressure is definitely on Gardiner to…

LGD- Grey Cup Eve

#72560331 / gettyimages.com The 11-8-3 Leafs host the 10-8-4 Captials on a Saturday night matchup which, at least on paper, appears to be fairly evenly matched.  But as any follower of hockey knows, what’s written on paper doesn’t always equal a close game.

LGD- Tampa Bae

#483432365 / gettyimages.com Coming off what has to go down as some of the of the worst six consecutive periods in the Randy Carlyle era, the Toronto Maple Leafs look to rebound against a divisional rival. Luckily for the Leafs who have seen issues both defensively and in net, they’re playing the lowly Tampa Bay Lightning… who average 3.6…

Leafs Postgame- Battle of ClarksOntario

#485088061 / gettyimages.com Sunday at 6 p.m. is certainly an odd time for a hockey game between the Leafs and the Senators, though it’s certainly excusable considering the circumstances that forced the game to be rescheduled. In the first matchup of the year between to Ontario teams, fans were treated to an entertaining, if sloppy,…

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LGD- Ghoulumbus Boo Jackets

#185883210 / gettyimages.com After succesfully conquering perhaps the scariest collection of NHL players to ever take the ice on Tuesday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs face a new challenge this Halloween.