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Thanks to Vintage Leaf Memories’ Michael Langlois for stopping by to share some memories ahead of tomorrow’s Alumni games, set to be played in Comerica Park at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

When Alec Brownscombe asked me if I was interested in developing a piece for MLHS about the Winter Classic Legends games, my first thought was: who is on the roster? Will I enjoy writing about these guys?


    KULEMIN with the game winner, and that’s all folks!!! Leafs win 4-3 in a thrilling overtime victory!

    Now, wasn’t that an appropriate Torontosaurus Rex?!

    That was the Leafs first OT victory of the season. (1-9)

    It feels like a spring day, almost like a playoff date.
    This isn’t a playoff game by any stretch .. There are some interesting scenarios playing out even before puck drop.

    Here’s the game thread … you can also follow along on Twitter, @KatsHockey

    This is the first game At home for newest Leaf, Luca Caputi (Now with his first goal as a Leaf!!).

    This is the first game after the devastating hit my Matt Cooke taking out Savard.

    This is the first game At home that will not feature Alex Ponikarovsky as a Leaf.

    This is the first game in which Phil Kessel scores his first point as a Leaf against his former club (maybe) … (Yes! After a change in scoring on the second goal, he got his first assist versus his old team)

    The Leafs have given up powerplay markers in consecutive games after going five games without letting in a power play goal.

    Despite being one season removed from having won the Vezina Trophy this is the second consecutive start for Tim Thomas I the last games.

    And the Puck has dropped .. I’ll be refreshing about every 10-15 minutes

    Look, I’m not saying I’m a good luck charm, but I attend the game in the press box and a whole lot of good happens .. Caputi’s first as a Bud, Kessel registering his first assist .. Just call me lucky Kats.

    End of Regulation 3-3


      John Mitchell capturing fastest skater honours was the revelation of today’s team skills competition. I could’ve predicted the team with Jason Blake and Dominic Moore would’ve won the event but I’m surprised Mitchell clocked in with the best individual time. Here’s the team press release containing the results:



        There’s a little bit of the irony in the title because in fact, Christopher Didomenico has rarely been in the spotlight at all during his hockey career. He is the definition of an underdog, and a testament to what hard work and perserverance can lead to.

        As a young Toronto native, he was passed over by the OHL draft, after playing just 4 games in 2 seasons with the North York Rangers of the OPJHL. So, he managed to hook onto a tryout with the Saint John’s Sea Dogs of the QMJHL, made the team, and has blossomed into a great young player since.