It is early July 2012 and while the weather outside is fiery hot, the MasterCard Centre makes many believe winter is still here. A prelude to Canada’s favourite season and pastime is found in the development camp for the Toronto Maple Leafs, which is an annual occurrence that showcases future Leafs competing against each other. One of the names Leafs fans will hear much more often is that of Tyler Biggs. He’s wearing number 62 for this camp and enters as a former 1st round pick of the Toronto franchise ...

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Saginaw v London - Ryan Rupert

As much as boys compete, brothers would far rather fight together.

I’m the oldest of three sons. All of us played hockey but never together. In fact the hardest I’ve ever been hit was by my brother. He caught me crossing centre ice with my head down. Let’s just say he won that round; I had to be helped to the dressing room.

He brags about it to this day.

If this hockey off-season could be recounted in a single phrase, ‘oh brother’ would likely do the trick. Jordan Staal joins brother Eric ...

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Referees - Marcus Vinnerborg

The American Hockey League is pleased to announce video review.

Hold off on the bronx cheer.

Although the wheels had been in motion for some time to include the advanced puck surveillance in AHL arenas, certainly the publicity garnered from the now infamous inability to rewind game three’s overtime winner in the Calder Cup finals helped solidify the league’s fast forward thinking.

If you are blessed with shortness of memory, the Marlies were plummeted into a 3-0 series deficit after a fluke goal scored by Norfolk defenceman Mike Kostka. A puck sent into ...

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Toronto v Hamilton - Scott

So the doctor walks into the examination room with a concerned look on his face and says “I’ve got good news, and I’ve got bad news; which should I start with?”

The Good News:

The Toronto Marlies announced their five and a half secured home dates for the upcoming 2012/13 season.

Five and a half, you say?

For the second straight season the Marlies will invade Air Canada Centre ice for their annual Boxing Day game. It’s not technically at home, but Ricoh regulars don’t exactly have to travel all that far – and ...

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Experiencing a trip to the Western Conference finals in the American Hockey League and in historical fashion announcing the Marlies as champs set up the chance to cap an unbelievable year with a trip to the Calder Cup finals. Although finishing the 2011-2012 AHL campaign short of their goal (Calder Cup championship) the Toronto Marlies had a season like none witnessed before. Here is a look back to some memorable occasions experienced during an incredible run for Toronto hockey fans.

Way back before a puck had been dropped on the 2011-2012 ...

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OHL Greyhounds v Knights - Ryan Rupert

It’s the biggest ten days for hockey outside of the season’s boundaries.

This is for all of you spending more time between morning coffee and lunch break reading hockey blogs than answering emails. All the ones counting on the volume of news over this short summer frenzy to quench your thirst ahead of July’s shortage. All those just like me.

It’s an off-season marathon of sorts. In the tinkerings of my little mind it acts as a sort of mental fitness testing; clearly of an unconventional means. If I’m able to keep ...

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