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From the Branches: A year of Lou

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A year ago today, Lou Lamoriello was hired by the Leafs, and what a year it's been.

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Leafs News

This date in NHL history: July 23: Lou Lamoriello hired as GM of Maple Leafs | NHL
Happy Lou day! "The move came less than three months after Lamoriello stepped down as GM of the Devils."

Banners of legendary Leafs going on road trips | Toronto Sun
"Wendel Clark will be hanging around Kelvington, Sask., a lot more from now on, perhaps suspended from the roof of a rink."

29 fun things we learned at Smashfest V | Sportsnet
Lots of Marner #content.

Connor Carrick signs two-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs | MLHS
Hot Stove's take on Carrick.

TLN ROUNDTABLE: SNACK TIME | TLN
The cognoscenti of TLN discuss junk food.

LEAFS PLACE PETER HOLLAND ON WAIVERS | TLN
And here's TLN's take on Holland.

Adaptive Sports

'Never give up': Former sledge hockey player Kevin Rempel releases autobiography | Winniped Free Press
Rempel's autobiography "Still Standing," released July 15 on Amazon.com, chronicles his debilitating injury, family tragedy and realizing his dream of playing for his country at the Sochi Paralympics.

US National Sled Hockey Team roster! | USA Hockey
"USA Hockey announced today the 17-player roster for the 2016-17 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. The group includes 14 returnees from the 2016 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team that captured the 2016 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, and the 2016 International Paralympic Committee Pan-Pacific Championship in Buffalo, New York." Including infamous Florida Man Declan Farmer!

The first sled hockey team in Hagerstown gathered for their first practice | Maryland News
"The team will be composed of more than 12 players, ranging from their youngest member of five years old, to the oldest being 52. This new team will allow local hockey fans with disabilities, the chance to gear up and play on the ice."

Rio Paralympics 2016: Russia may be banned following doping claims | BBC
"Russia will find out in August if it is to be banned from the 2016 Paralympics in Rio as a result of the ongoing doping crisis in the country." -- Rio has been such a shitshow.

Other Hockey News

Islanders May Build Hockey Arena in Queens With Mets’ Help | New York Times
"After a bumpy first season at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Islanders are talking with the owners of the Mets about building a hockey arena next to Citi Field in Flushing, according to Bloomberg, which did not cite anyone by name. The talks have been going on for months."

Smashfest: Charitable yet competitive ping-pong by NHL players | Puck Daddy
"Dominic Moore, the event’s creator, began the tournament five years ago in an effort to raise money for cancer research after his wife, Katie, lost her battle with liver cancer."

Chicago Blackhawks lead NHL in scouts | SCH
They have 25 listed - which is more than any other team.

NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid | Sporting News
"So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong."

Seattle NHL Window is Closing | THW
"With only the city of Las Vegas recently being approved for league expansion, many believed that this was the league’s way of giving Seattle another opportunity to get its act together in order to get a franchise."

NHL: Sabres’ Evander Kane charged with harassment at bar | SL Trib
Blargh.