By Dave Feschuk Sports Columnist Sat., Oct. 27, 2018 Around the time Miroslav Frycer took up hockey in communist Czechoslovakia in the 1960s and early ’70s, his grandfather promised to give him money for every goal he scored. The deal was doomed from the get-go. Times were tight and young Miro, who would grow up to play in the NHL, leading the Maple Leafs in scoring in 1985-86, was obviously a big talent. So when the kid dominated — 10 goals a game, sometimes — the terms of the arrangement were altered. In lieu of driving an elder into bankruptcy, the young boy suggested his grandfather, who ran a news and tobacco stand, give him a cigarette for every goal. Grandpa agreed. “I started smoking when I was 12. My grandfather was smoking 10 cigarettes a day. My father was smoking 60 a day. Cigarettes were everywhere,” Frycer said in a recent interview. “Booze and cigarettes, they were always a part of my life.” All … [Read more...] about Former Maple Leaf Miroslav Frycer just happy to be alive
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Fri., Oct. 26, 2018 SCOTIABANK ARENA FACEOFF: 7 p.m. TV: CBC/Sportsnet RADIO: TSN 1050 KEY PLAYERS Article Continued Below Scheifele/Rielly Mark Scheifele stirs the pot on Winnipeg’s offence. With five goals and five assists, he’s producing at the rate of a point a game and is on a three-game points streak … Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly remains second in team scoring with 14 points and leads in shifts per game (27.5). NEED TO KNOW The Jets had won three in a row until running into the Leafs in Winnipeg on Wednesday ... The Leafs have only won two of five games at home ... The Jets arrive with only three players from Ontario: Scheifele (Kitchener), forward Brandon Tanev (Toronto) and defenceman Ben Chiarot (Hamilton) … The game will feature the second-best power play (Toronto, 36.0 per cent) and the fourth-best (Winnipeg, 32.1 per cent) … The penalty kills are pretty even: The Jets … [Read more...] about Saturday NHL preview: Winnipeg Jets at Toronto Maple Leafs
By Damien Cox Sports Columnist Fri., Oct. 26, 2018 The Winnipeg Jets are enormous. They bring to the table the best collection of talented big men in the game these days. When the Jets play well, when they win, that’s a theme that tends to dominate. The skill that goes will all that size can, when its functioning on all cylinders, be overwhelming. Sure, the Jets have other elements but the size of the team is what almost always catches the eye. Their best players are big, Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine and Dustin Byfuglien, all 6-foot-5. Ask coach Paul Maurice about 6-foot-5 centre Adam Lowry’s role and you’ll walk away thinking he’s indispensable. Mark Scheifele might be Winnipeg’s best forward, but he’s a relative peewee at just 6-foot-3. Tyler Myers, 6-foot-8, probably calls his teammate “Tiny.” Last March, the Jets walked into Toronto in the final days of 2017-18 season, and all that might and size was on … [Read more...] about Leafs are proving bigger isn’t better
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Steve Annear Globe Staff October 26, 2018 Perhaps you’ve seen it in your Twitter feed or Facebook stream, a brief respite from the constant breaking-news cycle and fraught political commentary: a video of a yellow labrador retriever racing from the back of a station wagon and diving straight into a massive pile of leaves.Her name is Stella. She’s 5 years old. And she’s from Maine.The short clip of Stella has resonated with people across the country this week, racking up millions of views online for both its simplicity and goofy charm, her owner said. It was even on the TODAY show. Advertisement “I think that there’s a couple of reasons” it’s going viral, said Jody Hartman, Stella’s owner. “People just love watching a happy dog. I also think these days, with such a terrible political environment and so much … [Read more...] about Watching videos of this dog from Maine jumping into a big leaf pile is a good way to start the weekend
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Fri., Oct. 26, 2018 The Maple Leafs at the 10-game mark are just about what was expected: Goals from the top-end players, glaring holes defensively from time to time and Frederik Andersen rounding into form with November on the horizon. A 7-3-0 record is nothing to sneeze at, but they have to play better. Notably, the bottom six forwards need to produce a tad more offence than they have been and the team’s commitment to play in their own zone needs to be stronger. That will change if — or is it when – William Nylander puts his name to a contract. We’re getting closer to that Dec. 1 deadline. I personally didn’t think it would go this long. Matthews still has some work to do. As good as he is — and as great as he is projected to be — it’s worth noting his worst games have come against other star centres: Sidney Crosby a week ago, and Patrice Bergeron in the playoffs. Learning by … [Read more...] about MAILBAG: How do the Leafs look after 10 games?