Posts Tagged ‘Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs have a “Super” fan in Orlando Franklin

- January 21st, 2014

If all goes according to plan tonight in Denver, the Leafs could have a special visitor in their dressing room following the game against the Colorado Avalanche.

And what a big guest at that.

The guest would be none other than Toronto’s own Orlando Franklin, a mammoth offensive lineman for the Super Bowl-bound Denver Broncos and a big Leafs fan to boot. Over the years Franklin, who had a superb game in Sunday’s AFC Championship win over the New England Patriots, has become friends with some Leafs players, most notably centre Tyler Bozak.

Bozak is well familiar with the sporting scene in the Mile High City having played NCAA hockey at the University of Denver.

Following Monday’s win in Phoenix, Franklin responded to a Bozak tweet by saying “I’m going to the game, bud.” Later, Bozak suggested his big-bodied pal meet following the game in which the Leafs will be seeking a sixth consecutive victory.

Franklin told us last year that he’s a big Leafs fan and that during the off-season he tries to get to as many games at the Air Canada Centre as possible. Tonight, he’ll take a break from his Super Bowl preparations to do the same thing in his own back yard.

Brotherly Love

- June 24th, 2012

At the start, anyway, the Brothers Schenn in Philadelphia might not have the impact of the Brothers Staal in Carolina. But given where defenceman Luke and forward Brayden are in their respective careers, don’t rule it out eventually.

If you watched much of the Flyers in the post-season, you saw Brayden Schenn emerge as the type of big-bodied forward any team craves. His play was solid enough that James van Riemsdyk could be deemed expendable and as a result was sent to the Leafs in the deal that brought Luke the other way.

If you followed Luke Schenn’s career close enough, you realize that change was needed. Perhaps asked to do too much as an 18-year-old, he struggled too often here and the sky-high potential many held for him started to wane. It was clear, for example, that coach Randy Carlyle didn’t have much faith in Schenn as his minutes dropped drastically late last season.

So now they are reunited in Philadelphia, brothers who rooted each on from afar and can now do it in the same dressing room. And as Brayden said, it may be just what the big brother ordered.

“Luke is my best friend,” Brayden Schenn told the Philadelphia Daily News. “We are very tight, we talk every day.

“Toronto was really good to him, but he didn’t have the greatest season. He needed a fresh start. I think this will have a huge impact on my career. We push each other, and he knows just what to say to get me going.

“It’s been a dream since we were kids. We always wondered if we would get the chance. We’re just lucky enough to do it so early in our careers.”

 

 

 

Ready for Reim Time?

- December 29th, 2011

There is never a night when there’s no pressure when you are the goaltender for the Toronto Maple Leafs and on the outside, anyway, James Reimer seems to be as good as any at dealing with it.

But there’s plenty at stake for the second-year goaltender tonight in Raleigh, N.C. as he looks to rebound from one of the worst outings of his career two nights earlier in Florida. Reimer promised reporters in Raleigh this morning that he’s not looking beyond the first puck he faces tonight, but plenty who share his last name are.

Prior to the season, Reimer’s Winnipeg-based agent, Ray Petkau, joked with us about what kind of a night it will be when the Leafs visit the Manitoba city for the first time on New Year’s Eve. Safe to say the ticket requests have gone through the roof for Reimer and his family, who live a short drive away in Morweena.

But what if Reimer craps in the crease for a second consecutive night leaving Leafs coach Ron Wilson with a tough call for Saturday’s starter? A different kind of pressure for sure, but one that the personable goaltender might have difficulty shaking.