- Nov. 16, 2015: For many, Mike Babcock was the logical choice to be named as Canada’s coach at the return of the World Cup in 2016 mainly due to his previous successes in both Vancouver and Sochi. General Manager Doug Armstrong had an important choice to make but, while there were a number of suitable candidates, he went back to the man with the two Olympic gold medals. FULL STORY
Toronto - Oct. 27, 2015: As the Leafs season starts to hit its stride, the team is struggling. Even with Mike Babcock at the helm the Leafs cant seem to win games. Are wins and losses the best way to gauge the success of the team this year? Is there not more to be learned from the progression of Morgan Rielly, Jake Gardiner, Nazem Kadri, James van Riemsdyk and others? I tell you how you should approach this years Leafs' team and what they've done well thus far. FULL STORY
Windsor - Oct. 10, 2015: Mike Babcock made his return to the Motor City Friday night along with his new team, but it was his old team that spoiled the party. In a highly anticipated matchup, the Detroit Red Wings hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Joe Louis Arena and came out on the winning end of a 4-0 score. FULL STORY
Toronto - Oct. 8, 2015: As the NHL regular season kicked off at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, the Leafs and Canadiens went head to head. For the first time in half a decade the Leafs wouldn't have superstar Phil Kessel on the team to try and help score on Hab's net minder Carey Price. With that task left to the likes of Nazem Kadri, James van Riemsdyk and Joffrey Lupul, the Leafs struggled in their first game of the season. Dion Phaneuf, Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner all impressed on the blue line, however Jonathan Bernier left some large question marks in net. The Toronto Maple Leafs have a long season in front of them with lots of questions that need answering. FULL STORY
Toronto - Oct. 7, 2015: Wednesday night see's the NHL 2015/16 season officially begin as the Leafs take on the Habs. After a disastrous year last season the Leafs have entered a full rebuild. They hired Mike Babcock as head coach of the Leafs and Sheldon Keefe as the head coach of the Marlies. They traded away superstar Phil Kessel among others and hired storied executive Lou Lamoriello as General Manager. On top of that they have overhauled the entire roster and built a deep roster of prospects. There's a lot of change within the Maple Leafs and I break all of it down. FULL STORY
Windsor - Sep. 19, 2015: On a drizzly Saturday afternoon last week, in the centre of the hockey universe, the latest bronze statues of Leafs past were unveiled. Legends Row welcomed two new members, as the likenesses of Borje Salming and Mats Sundin joined those of Johnny Bower, Ted Kennedy, and Darryl Sittler. In my humble opinion there are others who should have been cast in bronze before them. FULL STORY
Toronto - Jul. 28, 2015: The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the club has signed forward Mitch Marner to a three-year entry-level contract.
Marner, 18, was selected by the Maple Leafs with the fourth overall pick in last month’s NHL Entry Draft after finishing second in Ontario Hockey League scoring with 126 points (44 goals, 82 assists) in 63 regular season games with the London Knights in 2014-15. FULL STORY
Toronto - Jul. 23, 2015: Lou Lamoriello resigned as president of the New Jersey Devils on Thursday in order to become the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Lamoriello is the 16th general manager in Maple Leafs history. Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan was drafted by the Devils in 1987, the year Lamoriello took over as their president and general manager. FULL STORY
Toronto - Jul. 13, 2015: Former NHL coach Ron Wilson predicts a big season ahead for Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel no matter who centers his line in 2015-16.
In fact, Wilson said Kessel could establish a career high with 40 goals his first season in Pittsburgh. FULL STORY
Toronto - Jul. 8, 2015: The Toronto Maple Leafs are in the midst of reshaping their roster, but center Nazem Kadri is expected to be one of their top six forwards. If they're going to win more games than most expect next season, Kadri is going to have to provide offense consistently.
New coach Mike Babcock believes that can be the case. FULL STORY
Toronto - Jul. 2, 2015: In the last week the Toronto Maple Leafs' rebuild officially began. The Leafs drafted Mitch Marner, & signed a few depth free agents. However the most important aspect to the rebuild is the fact that they traded Phil Kessel to Pittsburgh. Do Dion Phaneuf, Tyler Bozak and Joffrey Lupul all face similar fates? What can be expected of the Leafs' now that they have lost their top goal scorer? FULL STORY
3,242 Stories & Growing Daily...
To date HometownHockey.ca has posted a total of 3,242 hockey stories!
Toronto - Jun. 19, 2015: The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired the rights to unsigned center Zach Hyman and a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Florida Panthers on Friday in exchange for center Greg McKegg. FULL STORY
Oshawa - Jun. 16, 2015: The Oshawa Generals announced today that Generals Head Coach, DJ Smith, has been named the Assistant Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
DJ joined the Generals in June 2012 after spending six seasons as the Assistant Coach of the Windsor Spitfires, two of which were CHL Championship years. He added a third Memorial Cup to his coaching resume following the Generals’ Championship win in Quebec last month. FULL STORY
Toronto - Jun. 14, 2015: As the NHL Draft approaches, trade rumours surrounding Leafs' superstar winger Phil Kessel have reached new heights. Kessel has a limited no trade clause, which entitles him to name 8 teams he'd allow a trade to. He also comes with an $8 million cap hit. Is it a coincidence that his list of teams are all tight against the salary cap? Or is Kessel actively trying to prevent a trade from happening? FULL STORY