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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Winter Classic 2017: In Toronto?
« on: January 02, 2016, 05:55:49 AM »
Nothing has been confirmed yet, but NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has admitted there have been talks to bring the 2017 Winter Classic to Toronto, to coincide with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the NHL's 100th Anniversary.

“Obviously Toronto is interested, but we haven’t made any decisions yet,” Bettman...

“There’s a lot of work and planning that goes into committing to one of these events, and we have a long way to go before we’re ready to make an announcement.”

Bettman said the league still owes the Jets an outdoor game after plans for a Heritage Classic in Manitoba's capital fell through last year.

“We haven’t settled on a date that we’re ready to announce," Bettman said. "We do owe Winnipeg a game, and we would’ve been there last year but the Grey Cup and some complications."

General NHL News & Views / Spengler Cup 2016
« on: December 31, 2015, 04:56:59 PM »
Team Canada wins Spengler Cup!

The Canadians' perfect record remained intact against HC Lugano  of Switzerland, as Team Canada on goals by Cory Conaoher, Derek Roy, Greg Huttman, Tom Pyatt, Chris Didomenico , and the game-winner by Matt  D'Agostini, clinched Canada's victory by a score of 5-4.

This was Canada's thirteenth Spengler Cup triumph, not since 2012, the last time the  Canadians won it.

"We had such a special group of guys, it is something I will remember for the rest of my life," said Canada defenceman Aaron Johnson, who assisted on the game-winner. "I came in not knowing a lot about the tournament and the atmosphere was more than I could ever imagine

"What an awesome opportunity to represent Canada and win such a prestigious tournament," said assistant coach Rob Cookson. "We had an outstanding group of players that fit together quickly and really bought into the challenge."

This was the 89th edition of the invitational Spengler Cup tournament taking place in Davos, Switzerland.  Canada has been participating since it's entry in 1984.

Way to go, guys!

Non-Hockey Chatter / New Year 2016
« on: December 31, 2015, 05:42:59 AM »


...and all the best to everyone in 2016!

Non-Hockey Chatter / Christmas 2015
« on: December 24, 2015, 10:43:26 AM »

....and peace & goodwill to all!!

CHL & NCAA Hockey / WJHC (World Junior Hockey Championships) 2016
« on: December 21, 2015, 03:06:55 AM »
It's that time of year again, as we cheer on our nation's junior team against the rest of the world's respective junior representatives for the
participating nations.

This year's tournament will be taking place in Finland.

Team Canada has already won two of their pre-tournament (exhibition) games -- a 7-I drubbing of Belarus, and a 1-0 shutout win over Czech Republic.

Team Canada's top line consists of Mitch Marner- Dylan Strome-Lawton Crouse (injured - replaced by Jake Virtanen).

Here is the TSN broadcast & complete schedule of games.  Note that Canada's first game comes Boxing Day (Dec. 26) against Auston Matthews & Team USA.

The theme song "Let It Go"  from the movie Frozen (Disney), as sung by members of the Montreal Canadiens, as a Christmas video for their fans.

Take your pick on which Hab sings their part best.  Fun to watch!

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Deadline is Saturday 7PM.   All times Eastern.

Saturday Nov. 28

Washington at Toronto                    -7PM.
NYIslanders at Tampa Bay               -7PM
Edmonton at Pittsburgh                  - 7PM
Ottawa at Arizona                           - 9PM
Calgary at San Jose                         - 10PM
Chicago at Los Angeles                    - 10.30PM

Since last week's winner (Big Daddy) is not  available, I'll do the honours instead.  :)

Deadline is 7PM Saturday.  All times Eastern.  Good luck to all!

Sat.November 21st

Toronto @ Boston                   - 7PM
Philadelphia @ Ottawa           - 7PM
San Jose @ Pittsburgh          - 7 PM
Arizona @ Winnipeg               - 7PM
Detroit @ st, Louis                   - 8PM
Chicago @ Vancouver            -IOPM

Non-Hockey Chatter / Remembrance Day 2015
« on: November 11, 2015, 02:37:12 AM »

In Flanders fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we pass
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

                          - John McCrae

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Jays Donaldson wins Hank Aaron Award
« on: November 01, 2015, 07:50:14 PM »
The Blue Jays Josh Donaldson wins the 2015 Hank Aaron Award as best offensive player in the A.L.

For the N.L., the Washington Nationals Bryce Harper was the winner.

“I congratulate Bryce Harper and Josh Donaldson on earning the 2015 Hank Aaron Awards, representing the best offensive seasons in the American and National Leagues,” Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said.

Josh played a pivotal role in the Blue Jays’ first playoff season in 22 years, contributing to one of the game’s best lineups. Both players honoured the enduring legacy of Hank Aaron with all-around excellence throughout the 2015 season.”

More details:

Non-Hockey Chatter / ''Happy Halloween!" 2015
« on: October 31, 2015, 02:16:04 AM »

Canada has a new Prime Minister.  Justin Trudeau, the son of the late former Prime Minster Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and his Liberal party outlasted and swept Stephen Harper & his Conservative Party out of offfce.

Colour the country a sea red, as Canadians from coast to coast voted for change, inclusion, conservation, newness, vigor and a better Canada, in giving the reins to the Liberals and their young 43 yr. old newly- elected Prime Minister in Justin Trudeau.

The majority of the Liberal voters could be seen as emanating from Ontario on to Quebec and  Atlantic Canada, including Central, the B.C. interior and a smattering in Alberta though most.t Alberta remained Tory blue.

It is expected that former PM Harper, who won his seat in his Calgary Heritage riding, will step down as the leader of the now official opposition.

The final results:

Liberals                 184
Conservatives       99
NDP                         44
Bloc                         10
Green                        1

The biggest surprise was how the NDP & their leader Tom Mukair lost a large percentage considering that, at one point in the race, they were challenging both the Liberals and then the Tories on the charts.  However, their supportdwindled especially in the province of Quebec, where many took issue with Mulcair's stance on the Niqab issue.

Elizabeth May, Green Party leader, re-elected in her riding of Saanitoh (B.C.) and is the lone Green Party MP.

There were numerous upsets in ridings across the country as this election voiced the dissatisfaction Canadians had with the Harper Conservatives on key issues, especially during the course of the campaign.

This election campaign, by the way, was one of the longest in Canadian history. 

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Non-Hockey Chatter / "Happy Thanksgiving Day!" 2015
« on: October 12, 2015, 11:22:56 AM »

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14 Events / 2015-2016 Pick'em Standings Thread
« on: October 11, 2015, 05:40:29 PM »
Leaderboard for Round 1

CarltonThe Bear             14
WAYNEINIONA               14
Tigger                           13
Chappers67                   13
seahawk                        12
Madferret                       12
hockeyfan1                    12
AlmosGirl                        8
BarMutt                          6
Big Daddy                       5

Hello everyone!  The TMLfans Pick'em Challenge is back!

Another year, another season  Who will be this season's winner?  We've got to play to find out.  So, polish those crystal balls, cue the tea leaves, and sharpen your ESP powers and start predicting! :D :)

Here we go.  Good luck all!! :)

(in honour of "opening night", Wednesday Oct.7th, I've chosen two games. The rest are for Saturday Oct. 10th -- Saturday games being the traditional choice for threafter).

All times Eastern.  Deadline is 7:00PM Wednesday.

Wed. October 7th

Montreal @ Toronto               - 7PM
San Jose @ Los Angeles         - 10:30PM

Sat. October 10th

Ottawa @ Toronto                  - 7PM
New Jersey @ Washington      - 7PM
Calgary @ Vancouver              -10:00PM
Pittsburgh @ Arizona              - 10:00PM

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