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Nazem Kadri

Fan of the MLHS community Nazem Kadri

Join our community of die-hard Leaf aficionados; let our writers—and commentors—increase your knowledge; learn more about hockey and your favourite team, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Founder Alec Brownscombe with Johnny Bower

Founder Alec Brownscombe with Johnny Bower.

Founded on September 3rd, 2008, Maple Leafs Hot Stove (MLHS) offers high-level and wide-ranging Leaf coverage: daily news, opinion, analysis and inside information concerning all things Toronto Maple Leafs.

With nearly 3,000,000 annual visits, Maple Leafs Hot Stove is the largest independent Toronto Maple Leafs focused website/blog and one of the largest single team sports blogs the internet.

The site was founded by managing editor Alec Brownscombe, editor of the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Maple Leafs Annuals.  Alex Tran, Garrett Bauman, Matt Mistele, Mislav Jantoljak, Nikhil Daljeet, Anthony Petrielli, Michael Stephens and Declan Kerin contribute their .02 as feature bloggers.

Writers Garrett Bauman, Alex Tran, Nikhil Daljeet and Michael Stephens joined Brownscombe among the site’s founding fathers in 2008. In 2011, MLHS joined forces with Declan Kerin to create what the readers see here on MLHS.com today.


Fan of the site @24SevenFamGym with Curtis Joseph.

Also in 2011, the site introduced writer Anthony Petrielli as a regular columnist. Petrielli has been writing the well-known Monday Leafs Notebook for several years running.  The Notebook is deeply thorough inspection of the week’s games and other goings-on in Leafland.

The site has become renowned for its fervent Leafs fan community and insightful writers. Its staples include the emotionally-unbalanced Game Day Threads, its Game in 10 post-game breakdowns, weekly Leafs notebooks, and recently-introduced Maple Leaf Hangout video webshow. Its writers also conduct a summer interview series with Maple Leafs management and coaches, where MLHS has become known for asking the right questions and engaging Leaf brass in high-level hockey discourse on the topics most pressing to Leafs fans. The interviews provide great insight into how the organization is run and an insightful peek into the minds of those making the decisions in the Leaf front office.

All Leafs fans (and respectful rival fans) are encouraged to join in on the discussion on our forums and acquaint themselves with the site’s many passionate fans and writers.

MLHS has been cited by: The Globe & Mail, The National Post, The Toronto Star, USA Today, Yahoo! Sports, NBC Sports, TSN, Sportsnet, Grantland, CTV News, CBC News, Sports Illustrated and many more.

To contact founder Alec Brownscombe, or for general site inquiries, see our contact page.


Best Team-Specific Blog – Maple Leafs Hot Stove
Whether you are a Maple Leafs fan or not, there’s no doubting the quality of the content consistently pumped out by Maple Leafs Hot Stove. Led by editor Alec Brownscombe, Hot Stove specializes in the latest happenings in Leaf land through a balance of in-game analysis and investigation. Where the blog has seen its presence felt is its initiative to create an annual publication with over 100 pages of analysis, statistics and predictions from a host of talented hockey writers, ranging from the mainstream media to the diehard fan that isn’t afraid to voice his support for the team. Since launching in 2008, the blog has rapidly increased in popularity, rivaling all of the top specialty blogs available. – TheGoodPoint.com

It was a short 3 yrs ago when I came across MLHS on the recommendation of my son. I haven’t looked back. Frankly it’s become something of an obsession but one that has been nothing but pure enjoyment.  The first thing I noticed was MLHS wasn’t simply a hockey blog with a comment board. It a real community and I can safely say I’ve developed friendships here that will last a lifetime. The second thing and perhaps the most important is the dedication of the owners to provide the very best experience they can for all like minded Leafs fans looking to stay informed about our team. Alec and Declan are die hard fans whose sole objective is to provide the very best Leafs site on the web for its members and believe me they don’t disappoint. MLHS is like a a five star restaurant and I highly recommend this site if you’re looking for the very best internet experience in Leafs Nation.

MLHS is the definitive site for any true Leafs fan. It is not only insightful but thoroughly entertaining. Breaking news items seem to be announced on this site before others. The writers are outstanding and very committed to bringing out not only the story but the excellence around the things that matter. Posters are very knowledgeable and have created a sense of MLHS family and community. Many have been on the site for years yet openly welcome new participants. We each get to know a bit about others as well as their views on the team; what they would do to improve it (trade talk etc) and most of all what drives them as Leafs fans. It is the best Leafs site to which no others come close.
- CanuckintheUK

MLHS provides some of the most balanced analysis of the Toronto Maple Leafs on the net. The writers contribute a high level of insight about the game that helps fuel a community of well informed diehard fans. Greatest Leafs fan site around, one I am very proud to say I am a part of.”

Since 2008, I have had the pleasure of coming to MLHS regularly and hanging out with the best group of people you could ever ask for on the internet. We started out small, with just a few people, but now are welcoming more and more each day. Easily the best Maple Leafs site going.”

The single best Leafs Fan site today! Lively discussions, debates, lots of fun, and very insightful writers. When you think you know everything there is to know about the Leafs, joining MLHS shows you there is still far more to learn. Everybody knows so much about the greatest game on earth and the centre of the hockey universe especially. Never a dull moment and everyone is welcome whether new or a long time member of the site. We love our Leafs and we never get enough of them!”


Fan of the site Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV