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from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,
The Leafs will host the Boston Bruins on Hockey Night in Canada, the first gathering of the nation’s hockey congregation after a week in which Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was killed in a targeted hit-and-run attack in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Quebec and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was murdered on the steps of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the shadow of Parliament. Both deaths are considered acts of terrorism with Canadian soldiers as targets.
The three Canadian NHL teams playing in the early games – Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa — are planning a joint tribute pre-game to Cirillo, the 24-year-old reservist from Hamilton who was part of the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders of Hamilton and Vincent, an airmen.
It will no doubt be moving. It represents a rare opportunity for millions of Canadians to reflect on a pair of excruciating events, in particular Wednesday’s shooting which resonates both for its powerful symbolism and the smallest details – in Cirillo’s case a six-year-old boy who will be growing up without his big, rugged Dad; a picture of two very sad pups now without a loving owner; while Vincent leaves a sister without her twin.
from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,
“Obviously it was a tragic day and being that close to it made it seem even that much more real,” Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul said following his team’s practice Thursday at the MasterCard Centre. “It’s certainly not something you expect or even are aware of as a Canadian that there is a possibility something like that could happen here.
“People like that at Parliament Hill and the prime minister being there and seeing it all unfold was surreal - especially seeing it all unfold from your room like that.”
The Leafs team hotel was essentially across the road from the National War Memorial where soldier Nathan Cirillo was shot to death late Thursday morning. Players on higher floors saw the drama unfold and were captivated by the tragic events.
NEW YORK/TORONTO (October 22, 2014) – The game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, scheduled for tonight at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, has been postponed, the National Hockey League announced today.
The date and time of the rescheduled game will be announced at a later date.
The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy and prayers to all affected by the tragic events in Ottawa.
Statement from the Toronton Maple Leafs
“The Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of all affected by the tragic events in downtown Ottawa today. The Club supports the National Hockey League’s decision to postpone tonight’s scheduled meeting with the Ottawa Senators.
We have been witness today to some terrible events but are thankful to those brave men and women for their tireless service in protecting everyone’s safety.”
added 1:58pm, Ottawa Senators statement is below...
via Shawn McKenzie tweets,
Carlyle on Kadri "Is it confidence? Is it overconfidence? Is it cockiness? Is it all of those things?" Thats what you ask yourself"
Carlyle cont'd "I look at it as a strength. When you are able to not just talk it, you have to live it."
Carlyle "I'm sure he'll (Kadri) get some shifts tonight against John Tavares, so we will let the tale of the tape prove that"
If you missed what Kadri said earlier, you can read it here.
added 3:32pm, Watch Kadri talking after practice, below...
from the Toronto Maple Leafs,
David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that Mark Hunter, a veteran forward of 12 seasons in the National Hockey League, has been named the club’s Director of Player Personnel. The Petrolia, Ontario native played in 628 career NHL regular season games and 79 more in the postseason from 1981 to 1993.
“I am very excited about joining the Toronto Maple Leafs organization,” said Hunter. “I am grateful for the opportunity that has been given to me by Brendan Shanahan, David Nonis and the entire management team. I would like to thank the London Knights organization for 12 great years. I am looking forward to the start of a new chapter in Toronto.”
Talent-wise, there’s not too much difference, to be honest.
-Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs, comparing himself with John Tavares of the New York Islanders. More on Kadri and the Leafs from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star.
Randy Carlye said post-game Kozun has a possible high-ankle sprain but an MRI today will reveal the damage.
from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
The fact is the Maple Leafs are like the Yankees – not in the sense that they win or buy championships (the Leafs haven’t won a Stanley Cup since 1967) or that almost everyone roots against them. It’s just in the sense that everyone keeps tabs on what they’re doing. That probably has a lot to do with the fact that Toronto is the biggest hockey market – in terms of demands for tickets and television rights, etc. – and therefore they have a dizzying amount of revenue. But I also think it’s something else.
Following the Leafs is like following a soap opera. There is constant public drama.
Irascible former team president Brian Burke didn’t exactly quell that situation, and the recent hiring of Brendan Shanahan to run the whole operation – while not firing GM Dave Nonis or coach Randy Carlyle – led to a more intriguing scenario. And now they have made a full-on publicity stunt out of their adoption of advanced statistics.
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