Today, MLHS celebrates reaching the half-decade mark of existence. On this day 5 years ago, MLHS was a newborn blog adorned with a site banner I fashioned in about 5 minutes in MS Paint. To say I didn’t expect it to grow into one of the leading Leaf fan communities online, or for it to provide the opportunity to meet so many great people over the past 5 years, or for it to lead to opportunities such as publishing a magazine about the team and becoming acquainted with a few of the team’s players and members of management …. well, unexpected would be a whopping understatement. Thank you to everyone who has helped along the way and all those who continue to make MLHS what it is.

We have some exciting stuff coming down the pipe, starting as soon as this Thursday when we’ll be doing some live blogging and comprehensive coverage on the Leafs‘ 2013 rookie tournament from the press box in London.

To celebrate the onset of September, with the preseason events getting underway this week, let’s turn it over to BigBadBoss, who as always will get us right fired up with his videos on the YouTubes.

Tuesday morning links…

Here’s the rookie tournament roster and schedule.

Most Leafs bloggers took the long weekend off before getting back into season mode, except for Michael Langlois who has a piece up on the new Leaf he is most excited about seeing this season.

Darren Dreger “updates” the Kadri situation, using 22 words to say very little.

Editor in Leaf: Three Leafs with something to prove.

Blue Chip Prospects: Toronto Maple Leafs Season Preview