National Newswatch

Shanahan on firing Babcock, promoting Keefe: ‘Something that needed to be done’

Nov 20 2019 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Brendan Shanahan had seen enough. And since he helped bring Mike Babcock to Toronto in the spring of 2015, the president of the Maple Leafs felt it was only right he be there when the axe fell on his head coach. Sitting uncomfortably outside the playoff picture, the scuffling Leafs fired Babcock on Wednesday and replaced him […]

Canadian women’s star Hayley Wickenheiser inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

Nov 18 2019 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Hayley Wickenheiser hasn't had a lot of time to reflect. The Canadian women's hockey star — a quadruple Olympic gold medallist and seven-time world champion — retired in January 2017 and quickly transitioned to medical school. As if there wasn't enough on her plate already, she then took on the role as assistant director of player development […]

Leafs connect on the power play, Tavares scores in OT as Toronto downs Vegas 2-1

Nov 7 2019 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Mired in a ugly 2-for-32 stretch on the power play — including five fruitless opportunities Thursday — the Maple Leafs took a deep breath down 1-0 in third period. Toronto's top unit decided during a break in action it was time to throw away the chalkboard and rely on their instincts. That meeting of the minds paid off. Auston Matthews […]

Former Maple Leafs GM and longtime NHL executive Jim Gregory dies at 83

Oct 30 2019 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Struggling to find traction early in his career, Lanny McDonald remembers being summoned into Jim Gregory's office at Maple Leaf Gardens. McDonald, the No. 4 pick in the 1973 draft, had dominated junior hockey, but was finding the sledding much tougher with Toronto in the NHL. Gregory wasn't worried about the player's production — the Leafs' general manager was concerned about […]

Ovechkin calls out Maple Leafs then scores winner in Capitals’ overtime victory

Oct 30 2019 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Alex Ovechkin started his day by rolling a verbal hand grenade into hockey's biggest media spotlight. He then proceeded to back up those words in familiar, impressive fashion. Ovechkin scored his second goal of the game on an overtime power play to put an exclamation mark on a four-point performance Tuesday as the Washington Capitals defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs […]