National Newswatch

Marner reflects on season, using his charity to help raise money during pandemic

Apr 14 2020 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Mitch Marner is usually bouncing off the walls. Whether it's between practice drills, during warmups before a game or in the locker room, the Toronto Maple Leafs' star winger is more often than not a ball of unbridled, happy-go-lucky energy. That makes the NHL's shutdown and this unprecedented era of self-isolation and physical distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic even […]

Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe bingeing his own team during NHL pause

Apr 7 2020 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Sheldon Keefe doesn't have Netflix and hasn't seen "Tiger King." In fact, when the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs heard about the cringe-inducing-but-can't-look-away series, he assumed it was a documentary about Tiger Woods.  "I don't know if I'm proud or embarrassed," Keefe said Tuesday on a conference call with reporters. "But it seems like a rabbit hole […]

Morgan Rielly can’t explain talent-loaded Maple Leafs’ rollercoaster campaign

Apr 2 2020 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Morgan Rielly has been working out at home trying to stay in shape. The Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman is also reading, watching movies and improving his rudimentary cooking skills. He's fairly confident with the barbecue and has a decent handle on pasta. "I don't have the confidence yet for fish," Rielly said. "I don't want to under-cook it ... […]

Emergency goalie David Ayres helps Hurricanes pick up improbable win over Leafs

Feb 23 2020 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — David Ayres was sitting in the stands with his wife at Scotiabank Arena when Hurricanes goalie James Reimer went down with an injury. The emergency netminder for Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs, Ayers left his seat and donned half his gear on the off chance something also might happen to Carolina backup Petr Mrazek. Midway through the second […]

‘It’s unacceptable’: Maple Leafs look in the mirror after ugly effort

Feb 20 2020 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Mitch Marner can see something's been missing. The star winger and his talent-loaded Toronto Maple Leafs teammates possess the ability — speed, hands, vision — to take down any opponent in the NHL. It's the other things — effort, urgency, desire — that have too often been lacking. "We all know we have the skill," Marner said Wednesday. "But we don't have […]