Josh Ho-Sang officially named to Team Canada’s Men’s Olympic team

It’s officially official, Josh Ho-Sang is going to the Olympics with Team Canada.

Meet Team Canada!
25 men have been selected to represent at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
ROSTER https://t.co/d8OVCa3Ceh@TeamCanada | #Beijing2022 pic.twitter.com/pcIv42Qkf6
— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) January 25, 2022

It was pretty official after Monday’s accidental rollout of Canada’s roster by the IIHF. But now, it’s there for everyone’s eyes to see.
Ho-Sang has had a stellar season with the Toronto Marlies so far, tallying 20 points in 27 games this season. For most of the season so far, the 26-year-old has been a part of the Marlies top-six.
As of right now, the 26-year-old is currently dealing with a concussion that hopefully subsides before he leaves for Beijing.
Ho-Sang’s ability to drive play up the ice while also being a threat in the offensive zone is one of the reasons why he was selected. He’s incredibly skilled and loves to play on the big stage, which he’ll get the chance to do at the Olympics with Team Canada.
“I definitely think the fans motivate me,” said Ho-Sang earlier this season. “I’m a big believer in ‘the bigger the crowd, the better I play.’”
Last week, the IOC announced that ” tickets should not be sold anymore but be part of an adapted programme that will invite groups of spectators to be present on site during the Games.” It’s not known whether this means other Canadian Olympians will be able to attend, but you can still expect some fans in the arena.
The reason I bring this to attention is because Ho-Sang loves playing in front of a crowd. He believes his play is much better in front of fans. Although there’s not going to be many fans, Ho-Sang is playing for Team Canada at the Olympics, and that alone will drive him to be the best player possible.
The 26-year-old has only represented his country once in his career at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. And while he’s had a fascinating relationship with Hockey Canada in the past, this moment will be great for both sides.
This will be an exciting opportunity for him.
Although it’s not a best-on-best, Ho-Sang will be able to highlight his skills on the world stage. Which, in turn, could help him get an NHL contract with the Maple Le …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Nick Abruzzese and Matthew Knies officially named to Team USA’s Olympic roster

It’s officially official. Maple Leafs’ prospects Matthew Knies and Nick Abruzzese are headed to Beijing for the 2022 Olympics with Team USA.

Introducing the 25 men headed to Beijing! #WinterOlympics | @TeamUSA
— USA Hockey (@usahockey) January 13, 2022

The two Toronto prospects join 13 other NCAA players on the United States Olympic team. Knies, who’s playing in his first year at the University of Minnesota is averaging a point per game this season (20P in 20GP). The 19-year-old was picked in the second round, 57th overall, in the 2021 NHL Draft by the Maple Leafs.
Abruzzese missed all of last season rehabbing from hip surgery. This season, he’s returned with a bang, scoring 21 points in 13 games (5G, 16A). The 22-year-old was drafted by the Maple Leafs at 124th overall in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Did the Raptors find something in former first-round pick DJ Wilson?

Did the Raptors find something in former first-round pick DJ Wilson?

The Toronto Raptors are officially in panic mode, as seven players (including Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, and Scottie Barnes) have entered the league’s health and safety protocols. One of the few beneficiaries of this misfortune has been the G League, as dozens of players like Tremont Waters and DJ Wilson are signing NBA contracts. The […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafsnation Power Rankings: Week 7

What’s up Leafsnation! How are we feeling? Week 7 of the NHL is officially in the books! There were a lot of positive takeaways from the Toronto Maple Leafs this week but here are my top three moments:
3- California Sweep
The Toronto Maple Leafs are on serious fire right now after winning all three of their games in California this week and also getting the dub last Sunday in Long Island. Can someone say, road warriors?
How about we throw a franchise record in there, too!

Maple Leafs set a franchise record with 7 straight road wins. Outscore opponents 18-4 on this four-game trip. Never trailed once.
— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) November 29, 2021

 
Right now the Maple Leafs are sitting at the top of the Atlantic Division with a 16-6-1 record and fans across the country are loving every second of it. 

Leafs sweep their 4 game road trip outscoring their opponents 18-4. Currently 1st place in the Atlantic with 33 pts. #LeafsForever
— NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) November 29, 2021

Trivia time… What team is tied for 1st in the NHL AND is first in the Atlantic?
— Toronto Leaf Head – Will never bag it (@JoeShedler) November 29, 2021

The start of the season was a little scary …

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Author: Caroline Szwed / The Leafs Nation

Leafs recall Kyle Clifford, loan Joey Anderson to the Marlies

Leafs recall Kyle Clifford, loan Joey Anderson to the Marlies

Kyle Clifford is officially back.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have recalled Clifford from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, the Leafs announced Tuesday afternoon.
In a corresponding move, the Leafs loaned Joey Anderson to the Marlies. Toronto had previously recalled Anderson from the AHL on Nov. 21 but he did not appear in any NHL games before being returned to the minor league.

The Maple Leafs have recalled forward Kyle Clifford from the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Joey Anderson has been loaned to the Marlies.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) November 23, 2021

The Leafs acquired Clifford from the St. Louis Blues on Nov. 16. In return, Toronto sent “future considerations” (read: nothing) back St. Louis’ way. He’s in the final season of a two-year contract with an average annual cap hit of $1 million.
This is Clifford’s second tenure in the Maple Leafs organization. He previously joined the team at the 2020 trade deadline, coming over from the Los Angeles Kings as part of the deal that made Jack Campbell a Maple Leaf.
Clifford appeared in 16 games with the Leafs to close out the 2019–20 regular season, scoring a goal and two assists. He was held without a point in five playoff games with Toronto.


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Author: Mike Gould / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs: 3 stars from week one of the season (October 12-16)

Week one is officially in the books for the Toronto Maple Leafs after a long wait for the start of the regular season. Toronto started their first week playing none other than Canadian teams after playing them for the entirety of last year, so I’m just happy they got past this week so they can start playing some American teams for the first time since 2020.
They opened their season on Wednesday when they welcomed the Montreal Canadiens to town and took care of business picking up a close 2-1 win to open the year 1-0-0. We didn’t have to wait long for another Maple Leafs game as they took a plane and flew to Ottawa to play the second half of a back-to-back the next day. We all know what happened in that game, a very slow start and a three-goal period for Ottawa ultimately resulted in a 3-2 win for the Senators as the Maple Leafs pick up their first loss of the season.
Fast forward to Saturday night and they’re playing, you guessed it, the Ottawa Senators, yet again. This time Toronto actually started on time and they pounced early with two goals in …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

What to expect when attending a Maple Leafs game this season

We’re officially under a month away from the Maple Leafs’ first regular-season game of the season. And at this moment in time, a lot is still unclear.
The Ontario Government announced earlier this month that the province will have vaccine passports. The Government stated that to enter an arena, you must provide proof of vaccination (completed at a minimum of 14 days prior). That’s really all we know at this point in terms of what you’ll have to show if you wish to attend games.
Among the questions, the biggest is “How many fans will be permitted in Scotiabank Arena?” That’s yet to be answered.
I reached out to Ontario’s Minister of Sport, Lisa MacLeod, for comment, and their press secretary linked me to the province’s re-opening plan. It states that in Step 3, indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities will have capacity limits.
However, a few days ago, the Ottawa Senators put out a statement stating that they expect to be at full capacity:
“It is the organization’s expectation, based upon its full compliance with provincial requirements, that Canadian Tire Centre will have the ability to welcome full capacity for opening night on Oct. 14.”


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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Masai Ujiri lowers expectations for 2021-22 season

Toronto Raptors: Masai Ujiri lowers expectations for 2021-22 season

The Toronto Raptors have officially transitioned out of their championship phase that they spent the last decade in, as Masai Ujiri decided to restock the roster with young talent after the sign-and-trade of Kyle Lowry to the Miami Heat. While they held onto championship holdovers like Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, and Fred VanVleet and added Scottie […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors odds: Vegas projects Toronto as a fringe playoff team

Raptors odds: Vegas projects Toronto as a fringe playoff team

The Toronto Raptors have officially started to gear up for a pivotal 2021-22 season, as their 11th place finish last year is simply not acceptable for a franchise that has been as used to winning as this one. Still, the latest Raptors odds don’t paint as optimistic a picture for this campaign. In addition to […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 underrated 2021-22 games that could be dramatic

Toronto Raptors: 3 underrated 2021-22 games that could be dramatic

The 2021-22 Toronto Raptors schedule has officially been released, as Nick Nurse, Masai Ujiri, and the rest of this bunch will look to put their nightmarish 2020-21 season firmly in the rear-view mirror as they try to reboot and get back to the postseason. With a revamped roster, the Raptors’ fanbase will get their first […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ