Earlier this afternoon, news broke that the Toronto Maple Leafs are going to open their 2019/20 pre-season training camp in St. John’s, Newfoundland, as well as holding at least one pre-season game against the Ottawa Senators.
Here are the details:
#Leafs announce the team will open its 2019-20 training camp in St. John’s and also host a pre-season game at Mile One Centre.— Dhiren Mahiban (@dcmahiban) October 23, 2018
#Leafs will start camp with three days of on-ice training in St. John’s on Friday, September 13, 2019, and will then open its eight-game pre-season schedule with a match up against the Ottawa Senators at Mile One Centre on Tuesday, September 17— Dhiren Mahiban (@dcmahiban) October 23, 2018
While we have actual details about this now, it has been something that was unofficially known since this year’s pre-season when Mike Babcock let it slip. This seems to be part of MLSE’s ongoing efforts to really promote the Newfoundland Growlers, Toronto’s new ECHL team don’t you know!
This would be the second time that the Leafs have held part of their pre-season training camp and exhibition games in St. John’s, the last happening in 2001. If you don’t remember that, there’s a good reason...
The Rock will be getting the full camp package for fans: practices, scrimmages, Alumni Game and off-ice events TBA. All in conjunction with their new ECHL team, the Growlers. Camp visit in 2001 was overshadowed by 9/11.— Lance Hornby (@sunhornby) October 23, 2018
Beyond that, the Leafs have had a pretty long historical connection with the city, having based their AHL team — the St John’s Maple Leafs — there from 1991 to 2005, before they moved to Toronto and became the Marlies.
If you want more information, you can find it in the Leafs’ official tweet announcing the news here:
Training camp is headed to the Rock!— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 23, 2018
We're opening next year's training camp and holding a preseason game in St. John's, home of the @NLGrowlers, next September.
Learn more >> https://t.co/CNKlGxlHuC | #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/TWQpc8IqbI
All of this really leaves me with one big question...
Which Leafs’ player is most likely to get Screeched-In?