The NHL is reportedly set to announce that Original Six rivals Toronto and Detroit will face off in the 2013 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., festivities which will include an alumni game at Comerica Park.
Veteran forward Joe Nieuwendyk gives the Leafs a 2-0 lead in Game 7 of the conference quarter-final with the Senators, firing a gentle wrist shot from high atop the faceoff circle to the right of Senators goaltender Patrick Lalime.
Daniel Alfredsson, the long-time captain of the Ottawa Senators, was swarmed outside a familiar room on Tuesday morning. He has spent plenty of time inside the visiting locker room at the Air Canada Centre, including some of the most meaningful, dramatic games the building has hosted. “Playing Toronto, it’s always been a good rival,” he told a crowd of reporters a few hours before playing the Leafs again. “But it’s maybe not as heated as it’s been over the years.” He acknowledged that could change. Hockey fans should be so lucky. Here are five highlights from when the Battle of Ontario really meant something:
In his final fight to avoid a U.S. prison sentence, Anthony Galea has turned to one of hockey’s most famous and feared enforcers for help.
Tie Domi, the third-most penalized player in NHL history, is one of more than 100 people who have filed letters of support for the embattled sports doctor, whose future and freedom is set to be fiercely debated in front of U.S. District Court Judge Richard Arcara in Buffalo, N.Y., on Friday.
“There isn’t a better healer in the world. That is why so many of the world’s best athletes seek him out,” the retired NHL forward wrote in a letter, which also details how Dr. Galea diagnosed Mr. Domi’s son with a hidden hip fracture.
Ryerson University’s new athletic facility, which includes a new hockey rink under the building’s storied old roof, will be named the Peter Gilgan Athletic Centre at the Gardens thanks to a $15-million gift from Peter Gilgan, the founder and CEO of Mattamy Home.
The NHL-sized rink will be dubbed Mattamy Home Ice, and is expected to be ready for the first skaters in March. The facility’s grand opening is scheduled for May.
Tie Domi shows why he was one of the game’s toughest players by throwing the gloves (again) with Donald Brashear.
These two combatants were very familiar with each other, but that doesn’t mean they started to back off of one another. The punches are coming so fast that the video seems to be in a slight fast-forward mode at points.
Mats Sundin in 2007 as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
By Glenn Healy
The Toronto Maple Leafs will pay tribute to Mats Sundin in a pre-game ceremony on February 11, 2012, raising his familiar No. 13 to the rafters at the Air Canada Centre – the sixteenth sweater so honoured.
The announcement was made Saturday night during the Penguins-Leafs game. The news was welcome and overdue. Give Larry Tanenbaum, the owner of the Leafs, full credit for repairing the relationship that existed between Mats and the team after he played his last game in a Leaf sweater. Tanenbaum pressed the reset button on the carnage left from the John Ferguson Jr. era.
All but one of the works of art were created by kids who attend the public school
By Tristan Carter
My Town Crier
About 200 people packed into the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital on the evening of Oct. 17 to receive a special treatment — the red carpet treatment.
Former NHL stars Tie Domi and Paul Coffey joined the guests at the Able Artists Auction, an event where paintings by 42 children with disabilities from Sunny View Public School were auctioned off to raise money for the school.
Jonas ‘The Monster’ Gustavsson showed up with his best performance in net so far this season as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday evening at the Air Canada Centre by a score of 4-3. Dion Phaneuf logged over 27 minutes of icetime on defence.
By Rick Couchman
Jonas ‘The Monster’ Gustavsson showed up with his best performance in net so far this season as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday evening at the Air Canada Centre by a score of 4-3.
Gustavsson made numerous highlight reel saves to secure the victory, robbing both James Neal and Steve Sullivan point blank. He’s been playing as the mainstay for the past week since James Reimer went down to injury against Boston. Reimer has been cleared to resume playing, but will miss at least one more game until he gets more practice time in.
The Toronto Maple Leafs' Mikhail Grabovski battles with the Pittsburgh Penguins' Craig Adams (left) and Matt Niskanen.
By Mike Brophy
No Sidney Crosby. No Jordan Staal. And yet the Pittsburgh Penguins still had one very special weapon – Evgeni Malkin. The man assigned to shut him down was none other than Mikhail Grabovski.
Most people consider Grabovski something of an offensive force, but on this night, it was his defensive skills that were being called into action. Check the final tally and you’ll discover both Malkin and Grabovski concluded the game with a goal and an assist. However, Grabovski was plus-1 and Malkin was minus-1.