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From the Branches: So long, 2020

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Tomorrow is another year.

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It is the last day of 2020, and this utter hellscape of a year is finally, nearly, almost over. I’m not sure if 2021 will be any better, but it will not be 2020, so I’m willing to roll the dice on that one*.

In just under two weeks, we’ll have Maple Leafs hockey, but until then we’ve got World Juniors. According to Donna Spencer in the Canadian Press, they’re using a form of “wearable tech” to track the kids as they move around the tournament bubble in case contact tracing is needed, which is a) cool and b) reminds me uncomfortably of the wireless dog collar a friend of mine bought to make sure her poodle doesn’t run directly into a pond.

In on-ice news from Alberta, last night Maple Leafs prospects Rodion Amirov and Mikhail Abramov were in the lineup in Team Russia’s overtime win vs Sweden. After scoring a power-play goal, Amirov promptly continued on his quest to make Leafs fans fall in love with him before we even see him wearing blue and white:

Kid’s gonna fit in just fine.

He ended the game with a goal and two assists, one of which was on the game-winner in overtime, and was named player of the game. For his part, Abramov picked up the primary assist on Russia’s first goal. Sweden, who haven’t lost in the preliminary round at World Juniors since Rodion Amirov was five years old, had to watch their 54-game win streak come to an end.

*Please do not hold me responsible for the alien invasion/asteroid impact/zombie virus that this sentence has almost certainly spoken into being.

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