Kristians “Captain Latvia” Rubins has made the Latvian Olympic team

Similar to how the Oilers have the dynamic duo of McDavid and Draisaitl selected to the Olympics already, and Chicago has Kane and Jones selected, the Leafs too join the list of teams with multiple Olympians.

@lhf_lv will be bringing some to @Beijing2022 @rudolfsbalcers @zemgus94@rubiinss97
More info @SanJoseSharks @BuffaloSabres @TorontoMarlies
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) October 8, 2021

Kristians Rubins, aka Captain Latvia, joins Auston Matthews as the second player from the Leafs organization to punch his ticket to the Olympics.
Rubins was recently assigned to the Marlies where bench boss Greg Moore told our Nick Barden that Rubins projects to be a top pairing defender. So all and all, not a bad week for Rubins and congrats to him.

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs take 7 of 8 points in Alberta – Rate That Leafs Game

It’s safe to say that Connor McDavid stole the show against his hometown team once again. The Toronto Maple Leafs playing in their fourth game in Alberta couldn’t find a way to defeat the Edmonton Oilers in overtime. The good news — they took 7 of 8 points on the road, which is brilliant.
Auston Matthews scored once again, adding to his now five-game goal streak. William Nylander scored for the second-straight game. Mikko Lehtonen also got his first NHL point on a power play goal from Zach Hyman.
But the Maple Leafs lost. And the only reason they did is because of the reverse retro jerseys, which they wore in this game. No other reasons at all.
A great road trip with a sign of growth from the Toronto Maple Leafs. And more importantly, another fun video by me. Enjoy!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation