The Maple Leafs Forever
Richard Lautens - Staff Photographer - @rlautens
If you live in Toronto, you know there is only one thing more inescapable than taxes and DVP slowdowns: news reports of the Toronto Maple Leaf.
As everyone knows, with the new agreement in place, the Leafs began their training camp on Sunday. In typical fashion, a media cast of dozens went out to the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence (great name) in Etobicoke only to find the 9am medicals and physicals had changed into a 2pm skate. At least there were a couple of press conferences in the middle somewhere to keep the media types out of trouble.
With all the hype and anticipation, frankly it felt like business as usual from everybody.
The day before the first practice, Brian Burke addressed the media with his take on his firing. I'll miss his fire and passion. I spent a night with him and Dave Nonis in an Irish pub in Vancouver last year and I must say he is an entertaining guy to be watching an NHL game in a pub with-it helped that he used his MLSE credit card to pick up the tab.
Coach Randy Carlyle makes some passes during a drill. He is quite a hands on coach and was busy feeding pucks and skating around for most of the practice. Is the drill behind him on the white board clear to everybody?
A true-blue fan, Kevin McConnell watches the practice. The Leafs opened up practice Monday and Tuesday to several hundred fans. Many teams in the NHL allow fans into most of their practices but it is unusual for the Leafs.
Fingers crossed for the rest of the season.
Richard Lautens - Toronto Star