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Archive for June, 2007

2007 NHL Draft

Posted by Jen on Saturday, 23 June, 2007


Patrick Kane

ROUND 1 PICKS

1. CHI – Patrick Kane – Buffalo, NY – London Knights (OHL)
2. PHI – James van Riemsdyk – Middletown, NJ – USA U-18 (USDP)
3. PHX – Kyle Turris – New Westminster, BC – Burnaby Express (BCHL)
4. LA – Thomas Hickey – Calgary, AB – Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
5. WSH – Karl Alzner – Burnaby, BC – Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
6. EDM – Sam Gagner – London, ON – London Knights (OHL)
7. CBJ – Jakub Voracek – Kladno, Czech Republic – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
8. BOS – Zach Hamill – Vancouver, BC – Everett Silvertips (WHL)
9. SJ (from STL) – Guelph, ON – Ottawa 67s (OHL)
10. FLA – Keaton Ellerby – Strathmore, AB – Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
11. CAR – Brandon Sutter – Red Deer, AB – Red Deer Revels (WHL)
12. MTL – Ryan McDonagh – St Paul, MN – Cretin-Derham Hall (High-MN)
13. STL (from SJ from TOR) Lars Eller – Rodovre, Denmark – Frolunda Jr. (SWE-JR)
14. COL – Keven Shattenkirk – Greenwich, CT – USA U-18 (USDP)
15. EDM (from NYI) Alex Plante – Brandon, MB – Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
16. MIN (from TB) Colton Gillies – White Rock, BC – Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
17. NYR – Alexei Cherepanov – Barnaul, Russia – Omsk (Russia)
18. STL (from CGY) Ian Cole – Ann Arbour, MI – USA U-18 (USDP)
19. ANA (from MIN) – Logan MacMillan – Charlottetown, PEI – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
20. PIT – Angelo Esposito – Montreal, QC – Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
21. EDM (from DAL) Riley Nash – Consort, AB – Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL)
22. MTL (from SJ) Max Pacioretty – New Canaan, CT – Sioux City (USHL)
23. NSH – Jonathon Blum – Long Beach, CA – Vancouver Giants (WHL)
24. CGY (from ATL) – Mikael Backlund – Vasteras (Sweden-2)
25. VAN – Patrick White – Grand Rapids, MN – Tri-City (USHL)
26. STL (from NJ) – David Perron – Sherbrooke, QC – Lewiston MAINEiacs (QMJHL)
27. DET – Brendan Smith – Toronto, ON – St. Michaels (OPJRA)
28. SJ (from BUF) – Nicholas Petrecki – Schenectady, NY – Omaha (USHL)
29. OTT – James O’Brien – Maplewood, MN – U of Minnesota (WCHA)
30. PHX (from ANA) – Nick Ross – Edmonton, AB – Regina Pats (WHL)

Rounds 2-7 are HERE.

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Leafs extend Colaiacovo’s contract

Posted by Jen on Saturday, 23 June, 2007

(June 21, 2007) — John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Thursday that the club has signed defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo to a three-year contract extension.

“Carlo made real strides as an NHL defenceman this past season and we look forward to having him as an integral part of our defence for the next three years,” said Ferguson.

Colaiacovo, 24, played in 48 games for the Maple Leafs in 2006-07 registering eight goals and nine assists for 17 points, along with 22 penalty minutes and a +5 plus/minus rating. Among NHL rookie defencemen this past season, Colaiacovo ranked second in goals and sixth in points.

Colaiacovo was the Maple Leafs nominee for the 2007 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded for ‘perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey’ as voted by the local hockey writers. The Toronto native was originally the Maple Leafs first choice, selected 17th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Source: MapleLeafs.com
Image source: MapleLeafs.com

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Leafs acquire Toskala and Bell from San Jose

Posted by Jen on Saturday, 23 June, 2007


Vesa Toskala

Leafs Acquire Pair from Sharks

(June 22, 2007) – John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Friday afternoon that the hockey club has obtained goaltender Vesa Toskala and forward Mark Bell from the San Jose Sharks. In exchange, the Sharks will receive Toronto’s first-round draft pick in either 2007 or 2008 or 2009, the Leafs’ second-round pick in 2007, and the Leafs’ fourth-round selection in 2009.

Toskala, 30, played in a career-high 38 regular season games in 2006-07 and posted a record of 26-10-1 with a 2.35 goals against average and .908 save percentage. He established career-highs in wins, and shutouts (4) this past season. In 78 career NHL games, all with San Jose, Toskala has fashioned a 65-28-10 record with eight career shutouts. The native of Tampere, Finland played 11 playoff games for San Jose in the 2006 NHL playoffs and posted six wins and five losses with a 2.45 goals against average with one shutout. Toskala was originally the Sharks’ fourth choice, 90th overall, in the 1995 Entry Draft.

Bell, 26, recorded 11 goals and 10 assists in 71 games during his first season in a Sharks’ uniform in 2006-07. He led the club with 83 penalty minutes. In 410 career NHL games he has scored 83 goals to go along with 89 assists and 537 minutes in penalties. He was originally Chicago’s first choice, eighth overall, in the 1998 Entry Draft.

The native of St. Paul’s, Ontario had his best season with the Blackhawks in 2005-06 when he placed second in team scoring with 48 points (25g, 23a). He led the team in powerplay goals that season with 11.

Yeah, okay. I won’t do any judging of either until I see them in action for the Leafs.

Source: MapleLeafs.com
Image source: Google Images

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“Goofy Goat Antics” (1931)

Posted by Jen on Sunday, 17 June, 2007

This is all kinds of WTF. Especially during that talent show thing.

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Kombii & Andrzej Lampert – Pokolenie

Posted by Jen on Sunday, 17 June, 2007

The video quality isn’t the best since it looks like the poster made the recording OF the tv. And it cuts out for a brief moment at the beginning, but after that it’s fine.

Also, at the beginning there’s one part where it seems like Andrzej Lampert forgets the words.

In Polish.

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Doctor Who – 309 – “Blink”

Posted by Jen on Thursday, 14 June, 2007

A clip from last week’s episode “Blink” written by the fantastic Steven Moffat. I watched this episode at 2am. That was a very bad idea.

Beware the weeping angels.

There are some life-size statues of angels in a cemetery near here. I don’t think I want to go back there anytime soon.

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Leafs re-sign Mats Sundin to 1-year contract

Posted by Jen on Wednesday, 13 June, 2007

Captain Mats Sundin Signs New Contract

(June 12, 2007) — John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that the team has signed captain Mats Sundin to a new one year contract.

“We are extremely proud to have Mats continue as captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs,” said Ferguson. “Not only has he been one of the greatest players in our franchise history, but his exemplary leadership on and off the ice has been all that any organization could want from a team captain. We’ll continue to rely on Mats’ playing ability on the ice and on all of the contributions he makes to the development of our young players. Having him in the fold will have a positive impact on our club for many years to come.”

In 2006-07, Sundin played in 75 games for the Maple Leafs collecting 76 points on 27 goals and 49 assists with 62 penalty minutes. Sundin was the Maple Leafs leader in goals, assists, points, powerplay points (34), and shots on goal (321). The 17th captain in franchise history led all Toronto forwards in average ice-time (20:27) and registered a team-high 20 multi-point games. This past season, Sundin reached several milestones including his 500th career NHL goal, 700th NHL assist, and 1200th NHL point. Sundin also scored 20 or more goals for the 16th consecutive season.

Sundin, 36, has played in 907 career games for the Maple Leafs, registering 388 goals, 521 assists and 909 points, along with 672 penalty minutes. Sundin will enter the 2007-08 season ranked second in Maple Leafs all-time goals, second in points, and third in assists. Sundin, the longest serving Maple Leaf on the team, needs just one goal to tie Darryl Sittler for the all-time franchise mark in goals, and seven points to match Sittler for first place in Maple Leaf points.

In 1231 career NHL games with Toronto and Quebec, Sundin has scored 523 goals and 720 assists for 1243 points, along with 989 penalty minutes. The Bromma, Sweden native ranks among the NHL’s best, standing 29th in all-time goals, 40th in assists, and 33rd in points. Sundin is tied with the New York Rangers’ Jaromir Jagr for most regular season overtime goals in NHL history with 15.

Internationally, Sundin has represented Sweden at three Olympics, seven World Championships, twice at the World Cup of Hockey; as well as at the 1991 Canada Cup and at the 1990 World Junior Championships. Sundin most recently captained Team Sweden to the country’s first Olympic Gold Medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

The Maple Leafs acquired Sundin in a multi-player trade with Quebec on June 28, 1994. Sundin was originally selected by Quebec, first overall, in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.

As captain of the Maple Leafs, Mats will continue his tradition of Captain’s Corner within Air Canada Centre for Maple Leaf games and all other arena events as well. Instituted during the 1999-2000 season, Captain’s Corner recognizes children in the community that have overcome daily physical, mental, emotional, and social challenges. In an effort to brighten the lives of children throughout Toronto, Captain’s Corner works closely with Youth Assisting Youth and other charitable organizations.

Source: MapleLeafs.com
Image Source: MapleLeafs.com (I think)

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Hugh Troy (1906-1968)

Posted by Jen on Monday, 11 June, 2007

Hugh Troy is best known as a practical joker, and judging by the pranks he’s pulled, I’d want to be friends with him.

A few of his practical jokes:

– He and a few friends dressed as construction workers and started to dig a hole on Fifth Avenue. Policemen came by and directed traffic around the hole. At the end of the day, the “workers” up and left, never to be seen again.

– He and a friend stole a sign that said “JESUS SAVES” and put it in front of a bank. It’s said that the bank got a lot of business that day.

– Using a wastebasket made of a rhinoceros’s foot, he stomped tracks across the campus of Cornell and into the reservoir. Campus zoologists confirmed they were indeed rhino tracks and thought a rhino had escaped from a nearby zoo. People started complaining that their tap water now tasted like rhinoceros.

– He and a friend were caught by police stealing a bench from Central Park. When they were at the police station, Troy presented a receipt proving that he did indeed own the bench. He had bought a bench identical to those in Central Park, placed it there and waited for a policeman to go by before he attempted to “steal” it.

– In 1935, the Museum of Modern Art held an exhibit of paintings by van Gogh, the first American showing. Figuring that people were only there to know more about van Gogh himself and not his paintings, Troy made a fake ear out of beef, placed it in a velvet case along with a sign stating that this was the ear van Gogh had cut off and sent to his mistress, and put it on display at the museum. Sure enough, the ear got more attention than the paintings.

– During WWII, he was on desk duty. He created “flypaper reports” and sent them to the head office, stating the number of flies that were caught on the hanging strips of flypaper. They were soon asking other offices to send in their flypaper reports.

Sources:
Museum of Hoaxes
Trivia-Library.com

Image from Museum of Hoaxes (it was the only image I could find of him)

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Toronto Maple Leafs Signings and Citizenships

Posted by Jen on Friday, 8 June, 2007

Leafs Extend Antropov’s Contract

(June 6, 2007) — John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Wednesday that the club has signed forward Nik Antropov to a two-year contract extension.

“Nik has continually progressed and evolved into a power forward who contributes offensively and provides size amongst our top six forwards,” said Ferguson. “He is a player we wanted to bring back and who will continue to be a valuable player for us.”

Antropov, 27, played 54 games for Toronto in 2006-07 collecting 33 points on 18 goals and 15 assists, along with 44 penalty minutes and a (+8) plus/minus rating. The native of Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan set career highs in goals, powerplay goals (4) and shots on goal (125). Over the past two seasons, Antropov has earned a (+21) plus/minus rating, which is the second highest total amongst all Maple Leafs players.

Antropov has played in 374 career games for the Maple Leafs (1999-2007), registering 78 goals, 111 assists for 189 points, along with 361 penalty minutes and (+57) plus/minus rating. He also represented Kazakhstan at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Antropov was originally Toronto’s first choice, 10th overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

Source: MapleLeafs.com

Leafs Re-Sign Staffan Kronwall

(June 7, 2007) – John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Thursday that the club has re-signed defenceman Staffan Kronwall (STAH-fuhn, KRAWN-wahl) to a two-year contract extension.

Kronwall, 24, began the 2006-07 season with the Maple Leafs, but was assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL) on November 14. He played 47 games for the Marlies, collecting 17 points (3 goals, 14 assists) with 32 penalty minutes. Following the conclusion of the AHL regular season he was named the Marlies ‘Best Defenceman.’

The native of Jarfalla, Sweden split the 2005-06 season between the Maple Leafs and the Marlies. Kronwall made his NHL debut with the Maple Leafs on October 29, 2005 versus the Ottawa Senators, eventually playing 34 games and registering one assist for the parent club. He was Toronto’s ninth choice, 285th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Source: MapleLeafs.com

Ponikarovsky now a Canadian citizen

Great Leaf now a great Canadian
Ponikarovsky one of 53 sworn in yesterday

Thursday, June 7, 2007
by TOM GODFREY

Toronto Maple Leafs left winger Alexei Ponikarovsky was among 53 immigrants who were sworn-in as proud Canadians at a service in Etobicoke yesterday.

“It feels great,” Ponikarovsky, 27, said after pledging an oath of allegiance. “It has been a long journey for me to finally become a Canadian citizen.”

‘FEELS GREAT’

Ponikarovsky’s wife Inna, and their daughters Jessica, 41/2, and Alex, 21/2, are both Canadians.

“It feels great to be part of this country,” he said. “This is a great country and the people are fantastic.”

Ponikarovsky signed autographs after the service for students of Sir Adam Beck junior school who sang the national anthem.

The NHLer said he always wanted to live in Canada after visiting the country twice as a young hockey player. He moved here from the Ukraine after being drafted by the Leafs seven years ago.

“Playing in the NHL has always been a goal for me,” he said. “I am glad to finally be a full citizen of this beautiful country.”

He said he can now try out for the Canadian Olympic hockey team now that he’s a citizen.

Citizenship court judge Ann Northcote said the new Canadians arrived here from 28 countries.

“Canadian citizenship means being treated as an equal,” Northcote told the new citizens at the immigration office on Dundas St. W. “For many of you it is the end of a long voyage but the start of a new life.”

Matthias Esabu, 33, said yesterday was the happiest day of his life.

“Today my dream has come true,” Esabu said. “Today is one of the greatest days of my life.”

POLITICAL ACTIVIST

Esabu said he fled his native Nigeria for being a political activist in 2001. He arrived in Canada and filed a successful refugee claim.

Immigration spokesman Rejean Cantlon said 259,000 new Canadians were sworn in last year. He said about 710 immigrants daily take the oath to become Canadians.

Source: Toronto Sun

All images from MapleLeafs.com

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2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Posted by Jen on Friday, 8 June, 2007

So. Anaheim wins the Stanley Cup. I’m disappointed. I wanted Ottawa to win. (Yeah, I know. Me, a Leafs fan, wanted Ottawa to win the Cup.) But I wanted them to win so the Cup can come back to Canada.

I know so many people have been telling me that the Ducks have more Canadian players on their team than the Sens, but that does not make Anaheim a Canadian team. I also know many people – mostly Leaf fans – who were cheering for Anaheim because they joined the ‘anyone but Ottawa’ club.

These are the same people who cheered for the Edmonton Oilers last year and the Calgary Flames in 2004 in the Cup finals because they wanted to bring the Cup back to Canada. The Ottawa Senators make it to the finals, and suddenly Canada doesn’t need the Cup back.

They make it sound like if Ottawa wins, the world will implode on itself. But really, they just don’t want to take the backlash of Sens fans bragging that their team won the Cup before the Leafs did. Already I’ve read of Leaf fans attempting to come up with snarky replies to that. “At least our team didn’t LOSE the Cup!” is the best I’ve read.

But Sens fans have the right to brag that their team made it to the finals. Their team actually worked to get there. If they had won the Cup, then they have further rights to bragging. How often does your team win the Cup? Sure it would be a thorn in the side for Leafs fans, but our time will come.

Toronto Maple Leafs, Stanley Cup Champions 2008, my friends. (Hey, I can hope.)

Sorry for the rambling. I am quite tired right now.

So I leave you with Hockey Night in Canada’s 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs montage:

PS – Congratulations to Anaheim, anyway. The Ducks were the best team for most of the Finals.

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