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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Thursday’s telecast of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 3-2 win vs. the Detroit Red Wings was the most-watched regular-season game on Versus in terms of households (360,944) and total viewers (572,897).
added 11:23am, via Versus press release,
Locally, Detroit garnered a 4.0 HH rating making VERSUS the top rated cable network in the market for the 7:00-9:45 p.m. ET time period. VERSUS was the fourth highest-rated network overall in Detroit; behind ABC, NBC and CBS, respectively.
Boston garnered a 1.0 HH rating making VERSUS the third highest rated cable network in the market during the 10:15 p.m.-12:45 a.m. ET time period. This was an 11-percent increase over the Bruins’ 2007-08 regular season average (.9). The Denver market delivered a 1.8 HH rating which was a 64-percent increase over Colorado’s 2007-08 regular season average (1.1).
A billboard in Toronto kicking off the Leafs season.
from Mark Zwolinksi of the Toronto Star,
When the Leafs open their home season tonight against Montreal, the first official critique of the new ice will arrive for the ice crews and management, who have been building ice for over a month now with the help of a reverse osmosis water filtering system from Newmarket-based ice experts Jet Ice.
“Fans are going to notice the ice is clearer and stronger, there will be less snow build-up and less ruts ... players will feel the ice is faster and harder, and the puck will travel smoother with less bumps,” said Bryan Leslie, director of building operations for the Air Canada Centre.
The reverse osmosis process essentially removes contaminants and sediment introduced to the ice under the old ice making methods.
“Oh, I’m sure there’s a lot of people with crayons right now writing down a parade route. But it’s one game, and it’s part of the process. Tonight, we were fortunate enough to not make many mistakes and our attention to detail was pretty good. I’m really proud of the group, they paid attention. We’ve really only had eight practices and to have the game figured out somewhat tells you a lot about our players.
“They bought in, and we’ve had a lot of fun. They’re having a great time in there right now and they should—they beat the Stanley Cup champions. It’s a tremendous accomplishment and it can only do good things for our confidence, I hope.”
-Leafs coach Ron Wilson after defeating Detroit last night. More on the Leafs/Wings from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.
from Navin Vaswani at DigitalJournal,
It’s been one hell of a ride, Tomas. I’ve enjoyed every second of it with you. As we embark on another chapter in our lives together down in Detroit tonight, all I want us to do is live for the moment, and live for today. I know everyone in the world thinks the Leafs are going to be terrible this season. Let’s prove them wrong. Screw John Tavares. Screw Victor Hedman. I mean, who knows how long we have left together? Who knows how long we have left on this earth? I won’t be cheering for the Leafs to lose. I don’t have it in me. I’ll be cheering for you, Tomas, and for the rest of the boys. Live for today. Have faith. Let’s shock the world.
from Howard Berger of Fan590,
At 4:15 a.m., an ear-splitting alarm echoed through the halls of the MGM Grand Hotel, followed by an announcement to proceed to the nearest stairwell. Moments later, a second announcement informed guests that an “early detection” warning had gone off, and most of the 300 or so patrons of the hotel spilled on to the front plaza along Third Steeet here in downtown Detroit. As is thankfully typical in these circumstances, the alarm proved to be a non-emergency, and patrons were given the all-clear to return to their rooms around 4:35 a.m.
from Damien Cox of the Spin at the Toronto Star,
The concepts, objectives and goals around the Maple Leafs are like shifting sands, more now than ever before. Clearly, much has changed in a calendar year, and while Ron Wilson was clearly being honest and straightforward through his “wins and losses don’t matter” mantra for the season, that’s not going to be easy for proud, veteran players to ingest before an 82-game season even starts.
It’s a little different than “Win One for the Gipper” or “You Gotta Believe.”
From Mike Ulmer at Maple Leafs.com
The Leafs Nation Mobile Fanzone will put fans first.
“I think the dressing room is an inner sanctum people don’t get access to,” Hosford said. “ It’s something where people can feel what it’s like to actually be there. That’s why we wanted to replicate it and take it out into the community for all the people who are such a big part the Toronto Maple Leafs.”
The Leafs Nation Mobile Fanzone will be driven to locations all over the GTA over the next six days. Some of those events will include Leaf players and alumni handing out Leafs gear. Everyone gets free swag as well as a walking tour of the rolling room.
from the Globe and Mail,
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ryan Hollweg has been suspended for the first two games of the regular season.
The suspension is tied to a hit from behind during a game last week and for two similar incidents last season when he was a member of the New York Rangers.
added 5:24pm, Official NHL release on the suspension below…
Numerous sources reporting Toronto has waived Mark Bell.
Anyone want him for $2.5M?
added 1:10PM, via TSN,
The Toronto Maple Leafs placed forward Mark Bell on waivers on Monday, while the Calgary Flames have put defencemen Anders Eriksson and Rhett Warrener and forward Jamie Lundmark on the waiver wire.
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