Good morning fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs and associated hockey programs.
After being the only good hockey division in North America this season, the QMJHLs Maritime Conference is catching up to the rest of the world and cancelling games:
Our upcoming games tomorrow & Saturday have been postponed now that Moncton has moved into the orange level under the province’s COVID-19 recovery plan.— Moncton Wildcats (@monctonwildcats) November 19, 2020
Our games against Cape Breton have been postponed. We will have more info on re-scheduled games in the coming days. pic.twitter.com/htWsg3yB1n
The USHL is continuing along as they have all season:
One of the newest (oldest) Maple Leafs is having a good time in Switzerland on the ice with two goals and five assists in six games, off the ice though....
( Also, am I the last person to learn Joe Thornton is in Switzerland?)
In World Juniors news, the coach is cracking down on players who....arrive on time for practice?
Kirby Dach and Dylan Cousins did not skate with their group this morning. They showed up to the 11:30 skate right at 11:30 as coach Tourigny had gathered the group to get started. He had a chat with both guys, fist bumped both, but had them leave. They watched from the stands pic.twitter.com/DDEwozbV42— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) November 19, 2020
Now sports have a lot of arbitrary rules but holy shit this is stupid.
They weren't late, they weren't drunk, or hungover, mouthing off. They arrived at the designated time.
If you want them on the ice 15 minutes early, change the start time. Things like this are just mind fuckery.
In other Maple Leafs-ish news, Kasperi Kapanen is ranked much higher on a Penguins top 25 under 25 than he ever was as a Leaf (he was #6 this year).
In other news, the players are rightly mad:
A former league official is suing the NHL for wrongful termination:
"In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, lawyers for Laurence Sullivan, a former crew official who recorded in-game statistics during Lightning games in Tampa Bay, wrote that Sullivan should be rehired by the NHL and that he should receive punitive damages for his treatment....During his tenure with the NHL, Sullivan alleged that colleague Pat DeLorenzo Jr. repeatedly used the N-word and other racist language at work."
In other uplifting news:
“You get your bell rung, and [turn to] self-medicating both with alcohol and with painkillers, and the toll that takes on players after doing that year after year after year,” he said."
Before we go, here's a palate cleanser: