Mike Babcock’s office is just as you’d imagine it. It’s organized. There doesn’t appear to be a single item out of place. His desk at the team’s practice facility in Toronto’s west end is dotted with notebooks, loose sheets of paper covered in plastic, a book, and pictures of his family. It’s what you’d expect for the uber-prepared, hard-charging head coach of the Maple Leafs.
His high school buddies used to call him “Hockey Paul.”
Years later, as Paul McFarland was speeding his way up the rungs of the hockey world those same buddies would feverishly text one another after each development: “Hey, did you hear about ‘Hockey Paul’?”
TORONTO – Steve Briere’s dreams come with blueprints.
Before making the prestigious, prodigious leap to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Briere’s goaltending journey took him right through the guts of middle America hockey, with a British detour.
Jason Neville says he had a “fabulous” experience working with NHL coaches at the Humboldt Broncos selection camp on the weekend.