Notable Leaf participants in the tournament running from September 6th-7th at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium will include Tyler Bozak, Viktor Stalberg, Mikhail Stefanovich, Nazem Kadri, Dale Mitchell, Jonas Gustavsson and Jesse Blacker. Of the Leafs 2009 draft class, Jamie Devane and Barron Smith are also a part of the squad to be overseen by new Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins and his staff. Having attended the last three rookie tourneys, this Leafs’ roster is by far their most exciting entry yet. Check out the roster list after the jump courtesy of MapleLeafs.com:
Peter Morrow of TML Central recently conducted an interview of myself on the topic of MLHS’ upcoming one-year anniversary and the Maple Leafs Annual. Here’s an excerpt:
“Peter Morrow: Thanks for joining me, Alec. I understand youâ€™ve been pretty busy this summer between the new magazine and developing the website. You guys are coming up to one full year of MLHS, any reflections?
Alec Brownscombe: I can say without embellishment that the growth of the site over the course of the year has been beyond my wildest dreams. When you reminded me that our one-year anniversary is approaching, I started flipping through the archives of the site to remember the exact date of our inception (as it turns out, September 3rd), and it was funny to see that the comment numbers were rarely north of ten in the beginning. When I clicked back onto the home page and saw a few of the blogsâ€™ comment figures in the triple digits now, it really registered what weâ€™ve managed to accomplish in a short period of time at MLHS. It speaks to the relevancy and quality of the content our bloggers are producing, as well as the demand for it out there in Leafs Nation. Iâ€™d be remiss not to acknowledge the role of the mainstream mediaâ€™s seeming inability to produce that type of apposite conversation thatâ€™s inspired many of our readers to originally turn elsewhere. Iâ€™d also be neglectful not to thank fellow bloggers across the Leafs blogosphere for their hospitable adoption into the Barilkosphere community â€“ particularly Pension Plan Puppets who are great at branching out with their daily FTB (From the Branches) linkups and surely helped us get off the ground in the early stages. The Scoreâ€™s sponsorship was also a major bonus and weâ€™re glad to be a part of the Federation there. To say itâ€™s the blogging team that deserve all the credit would be unmindful of the fact that many readers come for the conversation generated by the blogs, too, which is a testament to our generally informed, passionate and respectful readership base. The amount of responses, compliments and suggestions we receive from our readers is overwhelming in a very good way, and we obviously ultimately owe them a lot of our thanks for their loyalty and interest.”
Check out the interview in full here.