Voting for the 2020 NHL Fan Choice awards officially started yesterday, and will stay open until June 1, 2020. The Leafs are represented in several categories, and horribly snubbed in several others.
Auston Matthews appears a couple times, first in the Best Dressed category. If you’d like a refresher on some of the banger looks he put out this year, you can check the entire back catalogue of Annie’s fashion recaps here. For my part, I would argue that though he does have some fairly spectacular misses, he does actually like fashion and dresses outside of the NHL norm accordingly, and you have to give him credit for being interesting and taking risks, even if he’s not always being perfect. Unfortunately, they put a photo of David Pastrnak wearing the best suit in existence in the poll, so I had to vote for the enemy.
The second time he appears is for best social follow which is either Toronto bias in effect or just a scathing commentary on the excitement level of most hockey players’ social media presence. Frederik Andersen also makes an appearance, in his disguise of Fred Sheeran.
Fred Sheeran— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 31, 2019
(📸: @f_andersen30) pic.twitter.com/R9bRX5tdai
So low effort and yet so upsettingly accurate! Also not to sound like someone who had homemade halloween costumes every year as a kid, I just don’t think store-bought costumes should count towards any sort of best costume contest.
The section that I was truly shocked that there wasn’t any contenders from the Leafs was in the goals of the year. I know there’s only four options for each category but seriously? They did include a goal against the Leafs by Connor McDavid though, which honestly felt like they were twisting the knife a little bit.
William Nylander scores with a wicked between-the-legs goal pic.twitter.com/Ozhq3Cd7Yz— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) February 26, 2020
Pictured above: not a goal of the year. Pictured below: also not a goal of the year.
Magic Mitch!— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 4, 2020
Mitch Marner ties the game with a highlight-reel goal pic.twitter.com/1kY4nMQKG6
Honestly the leafs probably had better goals this year, but I can’t remember anything further back than a week ago, so please feel free to tell me what goals I should have suggested instead in the comments.
And finally Carlton is up for best mascot, and Scotiabank Arena for best building. Go forth and vote!
Yesterday was the 2-year anniversary of Kyle Dubas being appointed the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Check out our complete retrospective on his tenure thus far here:
Kyle Dubas was named Leafs GM 2 years ago today
The AHL officially pulled the plug on the 2019-20 season yesterday, and Katya has you covered with a look at what exactly that means, and how this might force changes in the way the AHL operates:
AHL season officially cancelled
Related to this, all Marlies players who wouldn’t potentially play on a resuscitated Leafs roster have officially been released for the summer.
Marlies GM Laurence Gilman says exit interviews have already been conducted with the AHL players who won't get called up to the #leafs for their taxi squad. He didn't disclose how many guys are on hold for a potential NHL restart.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 11, 2020
Everyone’s favourite call-up, Timothy Liljegren, also got a shout-out from Marlies GM Laurence Gilman.
Marlies GM Laurence Gilman says Timothy Liljegren took another step this season: "I will be surprised if he doesn't play in the top seven or eight with the Toronto Maple Leafs next year."— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 11, 2020
Other Hockey News
The LA Kings have parted ways with their assistant GM, Mike Futa, for as-of-yet unknown reasons.
Not exactly sure of terminology here, so going with this: LA and assistant GM Mike Futa are parting ways. Futa, whose expertise is draft and amateur scouting, is allowed to talk to other teams now. Kings still have director of amateur scouting Mark Yannetti to run their draft.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 11, 2020
The NWHL’s Toronto expansion team now has a GM, former Buffalo Beauts FM Mandy Cronin.
The NWHL’s new team in Toronto has hired Mandy Cronin as GM. She was a co-founder of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League and former goaltender in the league. Cronin was general manager of the Buffalo Beauts last season— Kevin McGran (@kevin_mcgran) May 11, 2020
And that’s about everything! Happy Tuesday everyone!