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Leafs vs Flyers: Viewing party at Dundas Square

You may have heard that there’s a fairly important game tonight involving the Leafs. Okay, that’s a bit of an understatement.

Toronto’s ‘finest’ are in a desperate five-way battle for the two wild card spots in the Eastern conference, and it’s all their own doing after embarking on a six-game losing streak. However, if you’d like to do your bit to help cheer on the team, there’s a viewing party taking place at Yonge-Dundas Square:

Is it wrong that I’m more thrilled by the prospect of free coke and burgers? Let’s see if the Leafs can give us all another reason to get excited tonight against the Flyers.

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Leafs: Road to the Winter Classic – David Clarkson rides the subway

I trust everyone watched episode three of HBO’s Road to the Winter Classic? As well as Randy Carlyle’s ‘inspirational’ practice huddle speech, another personal highlight was David Clarkson’s train ride:

Who are they trying to kid?! Are you really telling me when Clarkson rides the subway, he passes through largely anonymously?!?!

Last time I checked, Leafs fans were pretty passionate/obsessive/crazy when it comes to their team. Combine this with Clarkson’s lack of production so far this season and their’s no way he’s going unnoticed when he decides to take the train to work.

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Leafs: Road to the Winter Classic – Practice huddle

I realise a lot of people out there have been uninspired by the Leafs appearance on HBO”s 24/7 Road to the Winter Classic.  Personally, I”ve found it to be fascinating viewing, so I don”t really care what anyone else thinks. (That”s right, in true narcissistic style it”s all about me.)

In particular, I”ve liked how Randy Carlyle has been come across, (admittedly because his crusty personality combined with re?Med sa mange forskjellige casinoer pa markedet sa er det mange fordeler ved a bruke av en online casino online portal nar man leter etter nye casino online online. his sense of humour reminds me of my dad). These two attributes were on display during the following practice huddle:

Okay, it may not exactly be on Al Pacino”s level of inspirational speeches, but it got me suitably pissed off. The fact this coincides with my having to get up for work on a freezing cold Monday after six days off is purely coincidental.

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Leafs: HOB 24/7 Road to the Winter Classic – Ping Pong

You may or may not agree, but a personal highlight from last night’s episode of HBO’s Road to the Winter Classic, was the game of table tennis (or ping pong as HBO insist on calling it) between Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel:

I could have sworn I saw some dust and cobwebs on the table. Mind you, that’s hardly surprising, given it’s only brought out when the mood is appropriate, i.e. when  the Leafs have won a game. (Sorry, but that was too hard to resist, given recent results.)

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Leafs: 24/7 Road to the Winter Classic – Nazem Kadri

If ever a player was born to star in HBO’s 24/7 Road to the Winter Classic series, it’s Nazem Kadri. Don’t believe me? Watch this:

You have to love how Randy Carlyle keeps Kadri’s feet on the ground. Or at least tries to!

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Leafs: David Clarkson models for Fashion Magazine

David Clarkson has already fitted nicely into life in Toronto,  spending time at Holland-Bloorview Kids Rehab hosptial, appearing in videos with Cabbie and going shopping for halloween costumes.  Oh, and actually playing the odd game of hockey in-between suspensions.

Now, the Leafs winger has made it onto the front cover of the men’s section of Fashion Magazine:

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Clarkson features as part of the winter edition of Fashion Magazine, Canada’s number one fasion and beauty magazine.  I can only assume Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel were unavailable.

Photo credit: @FashionCanada

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Leafs: Go bowling with Doug Gilmour

Fancy bowling with Leafs legend Doug Gilmour, while also raising money for charity?  I thought so.  Tomorrow night, the Hall-of-Famer and former Leafs captain will be hosting ‘Dougieball 2′ at the Ballroom in downtown Toronto, starting at 7:00pm:

If Gilmour’s pulling power isn’t enough to convince you to go along, he won’t be the only star there.  Also in attendance, will be the likes of Wendel Clark, Curtis Joseph, Damon Allen and a whole host of other stars.

Click here for more details and to buy your tickets & merchandise.  All monies raised will be going to the Toronto General Hospital Foundation and the Sun Life Banting & Best Diabetes Clinic.

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Leafs visit Holland-Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital

The Leafs David Clarkson spent yesterday, visiting children at Holland-Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital.  I’d give him kudos for taking time out from his schedule, but what else are you going to do with all that free time, while your serving a ten-game suspension?

DAVID CLARKSON & ANGELEO

david clarkson and angelo

James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier better watch their backs, because it looks like Leafs fan Angelo is putting in an early audition for the goaltending role.  To be fair, the way Randy Carlyle keeps changing his mind, Angelo most probably has a chance.

FRAZER MCLAREN, CLARKSON & JOEY

frazer mclaren david clarkson joey holland-bloorview kids rehab hospital

Also at the hospital was Frazer McLaren, who joined Clarkson to hang out with Joey, another Leafs fan.  With what these kids have to go through, there’s no denying they’re tough as nails.  In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Joey gave McLaren a bitch slap when the winger explained he hadn’t been playing recently, due to recovering from a fractured finger.

CHANGE FOR KIDS COIN CARDS

change for kids coin cards

In all fairness it was nice that Clarkson and McLaren spent time hanging out with some of the children.  (Anything that can raise awarness about the hospital can’t be a bad thing.)  Here they are, holding some Change for Kids coin cards, which can be purchased for $5 from any of these locations.

Click here  if you’d like to learn more about Holland-Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital and how they help children with disabilities the tools to participate fully in life.

Photo credits: @Bloorview

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Leafs: Dion Phaneuf plays NHL 14

Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf sat down, ahead of tonight’s home-opener against the Senators, to play NHL 14:

So to summarise: a) It’s more realistic than Dion realised and b) He wishes he was better at it.  Something tells me there’s a lot of people out there thinking: “No different to when you’re on the ice then!”

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Leafs prospects: Big season for Joe Colborne

NHL.com recently analysed the Leafs talent pool to choose their top 10 prospects, with 2013 first round draft pick Frederik Gauthier encouraginly already positioned at number three.  Unsurprisingly to many fans, 2011 fifth overall selection, Morgan Reilly, was ranked as the Leafs best overall prospect.

However, it’s the second name on the list, Joe Colborne, who most intrigues me.  Originally drafted 16th in 2008 by the Bruins, he was traded to Toronto in 2011, as part of the Thomas Kaberle deal.

While the Calgary native has shown flashes of his potential, including during two appearances for the Leafs in last season’s playoff, he has yet to display this on a regular basis.  In his defence, part of the reason has been as a result of injury issues, combined with growing into a big body.

However, at 23, it’s time for the forward to start producing more consistently.  Having signed a new one-year contract in July, this is an important season for Colborne.

Here’s some highlights of what the Leafs will be hoping to see more of during the 2013-14 campaign:

1) FIRST NHL GOAL

2) SCORING FROM ONE KNEE

3) COMING THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH

4) STANDING UP TO THE OPPOSITION

Err………okay.  Maybe Colborne can leave the fighting to his teammates.

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