National Newswatch

Times change: Leafs’ Andersen reflects on Toronto’s off-season roster upheaval

Jul 26 2019 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Frederik Andersen's busy off-season has seen him fly home to Denmark, work to hone his on-ice skills in California, and attend a couple of weddings. For all the Maple Leafs' jet-setting No. 1 goalie has seen and done, the Jewish nuptials of Toronto winger Zach Hyman take the cake. "That was a lot of fun," Andersen said with a smile. "It's a little different when […]

Maple Leafs forward Alexander Kerfoot preparing himself for Toronto’s spotlight

Jul 25 2019 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Alexander Kerfoot has an idea of what's coming. He grew up alongside Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly, and his father owns a professional soccer team. But actually living in the spotlight that comes with playing hockey in Toronto is something entirely different. "I don't think you can really prepare for the market until you get here," Kerfoot […]

Mitch Marner mum on contract talks with Maple Leafs at his charity event

Jul 18 2019 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — VAUGHAN, Ont. — Mitch Marner's summer has already included wakesurfing tricks and throwing a big-time charity event. What's yet to materialize for the restricted free agent winger is a new contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 22-year-old opened his Marner All-Star Invitational on Thursday night just north of the city, and while the focus was on raising […]

Nylander on Marner’s contract talks with Maple Leafs: ‘It will work out’

Jun 27 2019 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — OAKVILLE, Ont. — William Nylander stepped up to his putt, struck it clean and raised a fist in celebration after the ball dropped in the cup. If only contract negotiations between Mitch Marner and the Maple Leafs were that straightforward. If anyone knows what the talented winger is feeling as Marner inches closer to hitting restricted free agency, it's Nylander. He […]

Former NHLer Eric Lindros on concussion awareness: ‘We’ve got a long way to go’

Jun 11 2019 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Eric Lindros remembers looking at the Penguins logo on his towel and feeling confused.  A powerful, hulking, skilled centre for the Philadelphia Flyers, he'd taken a big hit from feared Pittsburgh defenceman Darius Kasparaitis earlier that afternoon in a game between the Pennsylvania rivals.  Lindros didn't understand it fully at the time, but the collision had […]

Drake, Wayne Gretzky among the celebrities taking in Game 5 of the NBA Finals

Jun 11 2019 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors left O Canada duties to their fans ahead of Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Drake — and the rest of the boisterous, red-clad crowd inside a rabid Scotiabank Arena — didn't disappoint. The rapper/Raptors' global ambassador sang and swayed to the national anthem before raising his hands skyward and pumping his fists at its conclusion […]

Raptors’ Fred VanVleet cleared for Game 5 of NBA Finals after taking nasty elbow

Jun 9 2019 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Fred VanVleet will begrudgingly use a mouthguard the next time he steps on the floor in the NBA Finals. For how long? The scrappy Raptors guard isn't making any promises. Sporting a puffy right cheek dotted by the seven stitches and a freshly-repaired front tooth stemming from the nasty elbow he received in Toronto's victory in Game 4 of […]

Oilers captain Connor McDavid mum on recovery from scary knee injury

Jun 4 2019 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Connor McDavid didn't want to answer questions about his knee. The brace hugging his left leg and an accompanying limp said enough. Speaking at a promotional event Tuesday morning, the Edmonton Oilers captain declined to discuss his recovery from the injury he suffered after crashing into a goal post during his team's season finale against the Calgary Flames on April […]

After dominant NBA Finals opener, Raptors’ Siakam struggles in Game 2 loss

Jun 3 2019 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Pascal Siakam could do no wrong in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Three nights later, the script was flipped. After starring with 32 points on 14-of-17 shooting in the Toronto Raptors' series-opening 118-109 win Thursday, Siakam went just 5-of-18 for 12 points as the Golden State Warriors grabbed home-court advantage with a 109-104 victory in Sunday's […]

Tokarski, PP struggles doom Marlies as Charlotte pushes Toronto to the brink

May 25 2019 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Dustin Tokarski and a disastrous power play has the Toronto Marlies on the brink of elimination. The Charlotte netminder made 40 saves as the Checkers defeated Toronto 4-1 on Friday to take a 3-2 lead in the American Hockey League's Eastern Conference final. But of perhaps even greater importance was the Marlies' forgettable performance with the man advantage. Toronto not […]