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Tie Domi talks to the Flyers fan he fought 15 years ago

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"But how did we solve it? We solved it like two street guys. No lawyers, no nothing. We shook on it. You came with your family to two playoff games in Toronto. I put you up here, everything is good now. I’m really glad it all worked out and people really have to know the truth on what happened. You’re a great guy and a family guy and I’m happy everything is behind us."

Tie Domi, via the 94WIP Morning Show. He and the fan - Chris Falcone - actually spoke to one another on the radio station, and that is beyond cool.

Tyler Bozak really, really loves giving back to Toronto

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"I try and give back as much as possible because the city of Toronto has given me so much for the last six years. I’ve been able to create a lot of good relationships with people. Toronto really has become a home away from home for me."

Tyler Bozak, via Chris Lomon at the NHLPA.

He and Daniel Winnik helped out at the Yonge Street Mission last week, but the full details of just how much he's done throughout his time in Toronto are so much more.

Tyler Bozak: super quality human being.

PPP community member Mike Commito writes updated Tim Horton biography

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Miles Gilbert (Tim) Horton, hockey player, entrepreneur (born 12 January 1930 in Cochrane, ON; died 21 February 1974 in St Catharines, ON). Horton was one of the best defenseman from the National Hockey League’s Original Six Era and spent the majority of his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs. A fixture on the blue line, he was well regarded for his imposing strength and skill. As a member of the Leafs, Horton was part of four Stanley Cup–winning teams. While many know of Horton because of his professional hockey career, for many more his lasting legacy is his eponymous coffee franchise, Tim Hortons. Read more at The Canadian Encyclopedia.

http://thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/tim-horton/

Disastrous 2014-15 season taught Peter Horachek importance of communication

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"What I learned was you have to spend more time trying to communicate with the rest of the organization on what our short-term and long-term goals are. Where are we going and how do we plan to get there? Mike Babcock has a plan. He knows where he wants to be in three weeks, where he wants to be in four-to-five years. What I would do differently is spend more time with Randy [Carlyle], Dave [Nonis], [Brendan] Shanahan, Kyle [Dubas] asking, ‘What is our expectation with these players?’ Spend more time trying to define our identity. Force that out of the situation."

Peter Horachek, via Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts.

Just how little communication was there amongst the Leafs' inner workings before? At least it sounds like Mike Babcock knows what he's doing.

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Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner discuss their breakup

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"Yeah, I'm living with Will Arnett now. It's me and him. We're liking it. We're a little opposite, he's an actor and I play hockey, but we're gonna try to make it work. ... It's constant comedy."

Jake Gardiner, via TSN. Yes! It happened!

Really, though, it sounds like Rielly just wanted to go solo, and Gardiner was cool with it. (He's got Will, duh.)

As for on the ice, they may not be partnered together there, either - but they both love Mike Babcock, and fully trust his decision making. Like any hockey player, they both want to do what's best for the team.

Daniel Winnik happy to be back in Toronto, help lead

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"If I can be a guy who can help some of the younger guys, and contribute in whatever way I can, I’m happy to do it. Leadership is going to be a key thing. I’m really looking forward to contributing in that way. I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve played with a lot of great leaders over my career. So, hopefully, I can bring what I’ve learned over time and help here."

Daniel Winnik, via the NHLPA. He may be a little optimistic about the Leafs' chances, but having a guy like him - both in personality and hockey ability - around the prospects making the jump is going to be huge.

Nathan Horton named to Oshawa Generals Ring of Honour

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"The fans have been heard," Says Oshawa Generals Vice President and General Manager Roger Hunt. "Horton still has a hold on this city". "Nathan had a great couple of years with the Generals and has gone on to have a great NHL career". Nathan Horton was named today to the Oshawa Generals Ring of Honour. The current Maple Leaf played 118 games with the Generals from 2001-2003, scoring 64 goals and 71 assists. Congratulations Nathan!

Ring of Excellence Winner

Leafs to visit Halifax during training camp

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The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the team will travel to Halifax, Nova Scotia for three days at the start of their 2015-16 training camp.

After holding their medicals and media day at MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke on September 17, the team will travel to Halifax where they will conduct on-ice sessions at BMO Centre in Bedford, Nova Scotia from September 18-20. The team will then open its eight-game pre-season schedule with split-squad games against the Senators in Ottawa and Toronto on September 21. A complete roster for this year’s training camp will be released at a later date.

Practices on Sept. 18-20 will begin each day at approximately 9:30 a.m. each day and end at approximately 2 p.m. Tickets for each day will be on sale each morning at the main entrance of the arena at a cost of $5 per person (cash only) with all proceeds benefitting [sic] KidSport Nova Scotia, a program of Sport Nova Scotia which has long been a charitable partner of MLSE Foundation and the Leafs. Capacity at each session will be limited and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs: Buying low, selling high

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"One of the better examples of this concept being executed last season was by the Toronto Maple Leafs, who added the ultra-reliable Daniel Winnik at an absurdly low cost of $1.3-million for one season. Winnik did not have the lofty counting numbers that generate big free agency contracts, but his underlying numbers were fantastic. The bet was that Winnik’s possession metrics and generally sound defensive play told a better story of his value than his 49 points in the prior two years with Anaheim, and that turned out to be the case. Winnik scored 25 points in 58 games (the Leafs outscoring the opposition 29-16 at 5-on-5 with him on the ice), and was immediately flipped in a trade to playoff contender Pittsburgh for a pair of valuable 2016 draft picks."

From Travis Yost's assessment of the Leafs' business acumen. The Leafs won't be built in a year, but while they work towards greatness, they're employing very, very smart practices to help get them there. It isn't just the big stuff that wins Cups, after all: the little moments play a big part in having success, and that's where the Leafs are currently excelling.

James van Riemsdyk excited about Lou Lamoriello

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"It's kind of cool how it comes full circle. Here we go, fast forward almost 12 years later, and he's one of my bosses. That's pretty cool. I probably wouldn't be playing in the NHL if it wasn't for Lou Lamoriello and what he did for hockey in this area. I'm excited to get to know him on a more personal basis."

James van Riemsdyk, on the Leafs' hiring of long-time Devils executive Lou Lamoriello. JvR is from New Jersey, so it only stands to reason that Lamoriello already had a massive, massive impact on his life.

In the article, he also talks about how he'll miss his friend Phil Kessel, but the trade was for the best - and how these are now exciting times for the Leafs.