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Saturday FTB: Picking the Three Stars

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You won’t believe who is the first star!

Tampa Bay Lightning v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images

Not too long ago, Winnipeg Jets* fans earned one of the three stars of the game for equalling exactly 15,016 in attendance. More recently, Nassau Coliseum earned one of the three stars for having the Isles play a playoff game in it.

I think it’s time that the Leafs stop selfishly hogging the three stars among their players, when the real heroes of the team continue to go unacknowledged. Therefore, I present to you the three stars of the Toronto Maple Leafs:

Third Star — Carlton the Bear

Carlton doesn’t make many appearances these days, mostly due to the pandemic. But he’s also been staying behind the scenes, running soup orders from Jack Campbell to John Tavares while he recovers from his injury. His unwavering support and enthusiasm for the team earns him the third star.

Second Star — Canada

The Toronto Maple Leafs would be nothing without this great nation of ours. It gave birth to the sport we love, and it chose Toronto to be the center of the universe — not just for hockey, but indeed it serves as the important cultural and intellectual hub for all of Canada.

First Star — This Hot Dog Stand

One lone hot dog cart, plying his street meat wares in a battle to singlehandedly nourish one of the Leafs’ most important players. This level of dedication and going to the dirty areas is truly an inspiration to us all.

ONTO THE LINKS

Do the Maple Leafs need more from their top line? Is William Nylander the answer? | by Jonas Siegel

Sheldon Keefe on the top line breaking through offensively: “It is just a matter of time” | by MLHS

Day After Thoughts: No comeback kids last night | by Brandon Mori at TLN

AROUND THE HOCKEY WORLD

Golden Knights defeat Wild in Game 7, move on to face Avalanche in Round 2 | by Sportsnet

Montreal’s Team Bauer edges Calgary’s Team Scotiabank at Secret Dream Gap Tour | by TSN

Some front office movement:

This was really cool

Have a great Saturday everyone!