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2016 NHL All-Star Game final score in Leo Komarov's "own" words

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Leo Komarov once again weighs in on the 1-0 ASG loss by Team Atlantic, and John Scott is the real and actual MVP.


It is me once more time, Leo Komarov. May be you read my blogging post yesterday. Today I’m apologize for not play hard. Truth: I was hung over.

I’m type at you from bar on phone after game so I am write short post. Today I play in bag skate NHL pretend is “All Star Game.” What. Is three-on-three for long time, I want to die!! Woman interview me after game, and I say truth: “Is not really fit my style, but I try my best out there.”

OK you caught me, I lie. I did not try best. No hit? What? Is not hockey!

But I tell you what is good about today. Today I getting text from Finnish “nephew” Kasperi Kapanen. He wish me luck. I wonder, why do I need luck? Everybody say is not actually game, everybody drink a lot night before and go out on town. Kasperi, he have a lot to learn. Maybe some day he can represent Maple Leafs at All Star Game — and I will tell him, DRINK.

So last night I go out and I find BEST piano bar. I go out with AHL Marlies call up Stephen Stamkos, and he lure away piano player with story about give him signed stick. Then I take over piano !!!!!! I play William Joel song, “Piano Man.” Everybody at bar clap and ask me play “Free Bird.” I do not know this song so I play Finnish folk music instead. Luckily everybody is so drunk they believe I am play “Free Bird.”

Someone throw dollar at me !!!!!! My first money I earn from retirement career.

At bar after I play set, Stephen Stamkos talk about going back to Tampa Bay. “What,” I say. “You are not Marlies player? You are not famous AHL call up come to All Star Game because of fans vote?”

He laughs. “Leo Komarov, you play against my team two times this year. You did not notice who I am?”

I feel stupid. “But I see your name in Toronto press all of the time. I thought you play for AHL Toronto Marlies.”

Stamkos laughs more and buys me another drink. After a while I don’t feel stupid, I feel drunk.

Many hour pass and finally we go back to hotel. Jaromir Jagr still not back when we go to sleep. “Should he set example like this?” I ask Stephen. I worry about old man. Maybe heart fail before game, dead in Nashville piano bar alley.

“When you play hockey until 43, you make own rules,” Stamkos he says.

“I guess so.” I say. Still I worry.

Next day I am soooooooooooooo hung over. Turns out I did not need to worry. I try to find hotel breakfast bar for eat hang over eggs, and Jagr jog past me in small pants.

“Did you sleep” I ask him.

“No” he say and jog off in direction of blond woman, probably nutritionist.

I want to be this man when I am grow up. He is my hero forever and ever.

So we play Bag Skate tournament. In game I am with Patrice Bergeron and Stamkos, Tampa Bay man. Patrice is OK. Boring. Is all star game and he play defensive forward like he want to win Cup or some thing. Stamkos more fun, but crap on power play. I hope Babcock teach him shoot more, pass less, when Stephen come to Toronto.

I am hung over as shit, and hockey is BORING when no hits. I sleep on Stamkos during other game. Comfortable shoulder.

Even Roberto Luongo telling me we good line mates! I think I make Stamkos better on the ice by give him more Corsis — the MOST Corsis, but we lose anyway.

Then AHL IceCaps call up of Montreal John Scott (Is play for Pacific???? I missing something, did Montreal realign and I not hearing about it) score two times on bad goaltender, and then his team win Bag Skate trophy and a lot of money from NHL. John Scott win Most Valuable Player and carried on teammate shoulders.

I tell Stephen, “If you come to Toronto and win Cup with us, we carry you around entire rink, not just three seconds in the air.”

Stephen give me hug. He say, “I see you again at Trade Deadline.”

I don’t know what is mean, but it will be nice to see him again! He is good Piano Bar wing man.

Now I go back home, make Kasperi cook me good Finnish breakfast before play Boston.

Am I happy?

I am fine. You are fine.

This season, fine.


“Uncle” Leo.

[Leo Komarov’s actual reaction to the All-Star Game:]

[And the real MVP:]

Source: 2016 NHL All-Star Game final score in Leo Komarov's "own" words

Roberto Luongo is in favour of Steven Stamkos going to Toronto

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Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Future Maple Leaf Steven Stamkos? According to Roberto Luongo, yes.

The NHL All-Star Game has been an exceptional amount of fun this year. Getting the chance to see players who normally wouldn’t play together is all a part of the joy of it, but it’s even better with the 3-on-3 format.

But you know what’s really good about this one? The fact that the teams were formed based on divisions – and that means Tampa Bay Lightning players would be playing alongside Toronto Maple Leafs.

Or, more specifically, Steven Stamkos with Leo Komarov.

They’re teammates today, and according to Roberto Luongo, they’re going to be teammates in the near future, too.

Of course, Luongo himself is familiar with rumours of being sent to Toronto – so let’s not even take this with a grain of salt. If he says it’s happening, it’s happening!

Source: Roberto Luongo is in favour of Steven Stamkos going to Toronto

NHL All-Star Game chat: Leo Komarov takes the ice for the Atlantic Division

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Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Leo Komarov joins Captain Jarmoir Jagr and the Atlantic Division Team to compete for the All-Star games $1,000,000 prize.

Coverage on CBC kicks off at 5:00PM EST.

NBCSN has a pre-game show beginning at 4:30PM.

Remember the format has been changed to a  mini-tournament of 20 minute 3-on-3 hockey games, pitting divisions against at each other. The Atlantic division team will play against the Metropolitan team, then the Central division team will play the Pacific team. The winners of each game will face off for a final championship game.

The start time of the games will be staggered about one hour apart. Allowing for opening montages, commercials, and intermissions, expect the actual games to start at 5:15, 6:15, and 7:15.

Source: NHL All-Star Game chat: Leo Komarov takes the ice for the Atlantic Division

Maple Leafs have lengthy wish list

From The Star

Conversations around the NHL regarding the Maple Leafs have changed.

Ask an opposing player or coach about the Leafs, and the answers are almost uniform: they are well-coached, they compete hard, they are hard to play against, you’ve got to grind out the game and it’s going to be close.

While all these are elements of their game that have been missing the past few seasons, they are also accolades that mean little to Leafs coach Mike Babcock.

He’d like the opposition to give a different kind of answer.

“I look forward to the day when the other team is scared of us,” said Babcock. “That’s what I look forward to. It’s great that we can make it tight and work real hard and compete real hard, but you’d like the other team to be fearful of a bunch of your guys, and wave after wave they’re going to come at you. That’s what we’re growing into.”

Such change clearly will take more time. For now, Babcock has a team that lacks scoring power, that has one win in 10 games, a club that will face many questions about who will stay and who will go leading up to the trade deadline.

There will be a fair bit of change for the Leafs in the months ahead. The Star asked some Leafs if they could magically change one thing what would it be.

Babcock: “If I could change one thing magically? What I would say is I think your determination should show every night, not every second night or every third night. When you’re feeling good every night — that to me is the goal of our team. That we’re prepared and competitive every single night. When you do that, the score looks after itself.”

Dion Phaneuf: “The one thing that sticks out for me that we have to do a better job of is the power play. We have to produce . . . we will. The power play is a funny thing. When you get confidence and you get scoring, you score in bunches. I think for me the one thing I’d like to produce on is the power play. It gives us momentum. It gives us offence. It’s a big part of the game.”

Joffrey Lupul: “You want more skill. Probably 26 teams would answer the same thing. You can overcome a lot of things. If you play a team with a lot of skill, like you run into the Chicago Blackhawks on their best night, you’re not going to beat them. There are some teams in the league that have a lot of skill.”

Shawn Matthias: “The starts; it would be nice to score first. To come out and just smother a team off the puck. Some teams, when you go into their barns, the first 10 minutes are crucial because they come at you in waves; four lines coming at you. Sometimes we just dip our toe into the waters, see how it feels and then we decide to jump right in in the second period. So a full 60 minutes, compete, and not over-think things.”

James Reimer: “Something we’ve done well for the most part is our compete level. Just making sure that compete level is there every night, from every guy. That’s a standard answer maybe, but I feel if that’s there, then everything is there. Compete beats skill. Compete is determination. Compete is going full 60. If every guy can bring that every night, that high level of determination that’s expected of us, then we’d be a force to be reckoned with.”

Jonathan Bernier: “Consistency — that’s the most important thing. Every team can win every night if you’re showing up and putting the work in and focused on the details of the game. That’s where we got to get to — consistency — and make sure we’re ready every game.”

Peter Holland: “Just consistently more competitive. I can speak for myself in that. I feel like some games I’m hounding the puck and some nights I’m not. I feel like as a team we can do a better job of consistently controlling the game, playing our style. Constistently being more competitive.”

Tyler Bozak: “Just to have more wins. As of late our power play hasn’t been good; that’s something you need to be better at. We have to score some more goals. We’re not giving run support for our goalies. It’s tough to win games when you score one goal . . . we have to start putting some in the back of the net.”

Source: Maple Leafs have lengthy wish list

The Marlies kept trying to lose and finally succeeded

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The Marlies scored one less goal than the Binghamton Senators in their last game before the All-Star break, the kind of lazy good-team problems the Maple Leafs are striving to acquire.

For the Marlies, it’s tough at the top, where the challenge for the rest of the regular season is to stay there.

I feel like I’ve said that before.

A tale of two teams

The Marlies are the top team in the AHL. I could enumerate the ways they are the best: the goals for, the goal differential, this percentage, that measure, this stat, that calculation, but they all come out the same. The Marlies are an elite team that’s had a lot of luck and have won the overwhelming majority of their games so far.

So far.

They have two and a half more months to play.

Frölunda, Andreas Johnson‘s team, is also atop their league and has an amazing goal differential; they shoot the puck like crazy and have four real lines that can all play at a high level. They are elite, lucky, and they’ve won the overwhelming majority of their games. And among that elite team, Johnson, at 21, and Artturi Lehkonen at 20 are the young stars that are working every day to get to the NHL.

The rest of the team may have once dreamed of it, some of them have tried and found their home in Sweden instead, and for them the league they play in is their league; the games are a point unto themselves; the championship is the reward at the end of the season, and leaving is not the mark of success.

Frölunda are showing the signs of a sluggish desire to just get on with it, get to the playoffs, get this year over, win the cup and turn the calendar to next year so they can do it again. They’ve dropped a couple of stinkers lately—big losses, a couple of shutouts where they just skated around bored for 60 minutes. They’ve won a couple like that too.

For Johnson, this is his last year there. He is proving himself, and wants to win, but he has his eyes on a higher goal.

They have a month and a half to go before the playoffs.

The Marlies have a lot more than two guys who are yearning to escape. They have nearly a roster full. They are more than just William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen, two guys who hope they will see the NHL this year and every year after.

There is Mark Arcobello, patiently scoring more and more and winning awards.

There is Nikita Soshnikov working on the bottom six and trying to prove what he can do, taking every chance to get on a better line and making the most of it.

There’s Connor Brown, doing a very good job of reminding everyone who he is with points in every game since he’s been back.

There is T.J. Brennan, ripping up the record books and rewriting them anew on this his fourth AHL team. On none of those has he been as dominate over three seasons as he has on the Marlies. He’s tasted the coffee in the NHL, but he’s never stuck, and it’s easy to just decide that’s it, he hasn’t got it, but if the 26-year-old defenceman leading the league in scoring isn’t up to it, are you sure all those kids are a lock?

There’s also Zach Hyman, who didn’t stick with the team that drafted him, nor did Brendan Leipsic or Scott Harrington. There’s a handful of Toronto draft picks in Josh Leivo, Viktor Loov, and Rinat Valiev. And all of them want out. They don’t want to ever again ride five hours home from Grand Rapids, Michigan.

And they’re collectively playing pretty bad hockey lately.

The Marlies roared along for the last few games, winning while being outshot and putting on a terrible power play and giving up a league-leading number of shorthanded goals. They have been winning by betting big, risking big, and outscoring their opponents with contemptuous ease.

Lately, the defence has been falling to ruins, the goalies have been working like single mothers with two jobs, and still they win.

Or they did.

An afternoon at the Ricoh Coliseum

Saturday afternoon in Toronto, on the afternoon after that ride home from Grand Rapids, they didn’t outscore their problems. Not quite.

They played the division basement-dweller Binghamton Senators, and they were each as bad as the other. They took 8 penalties each, scored five regulation goals each. They each had a short-handed goal, and the Senators won it on a goal on a breakaway in overtime after one of the Marlies blew a skate on the play in his own end and fell down. A fitting end to a game that cast no glory on anyone.

The Marlies outshot the Senators—they aren’t so far gone, they couldn’t do that—37-29, giving Garret Sparks a save percentage of .793.

They gave up so many odd man rushes, turnovers, easy giveaways, and I guess it was buy one get one free day at Ricoh?

This isn’t a one off aberration. They’ve been drifting in this direction for weeks, and some of that is injuries pulling the better guys out of the lineup, and some of it is just the difficulty you have when the team is so good they score more goals than even the good teams most of the time.

Bob McGill the Marlies colour commentator was wondering how you tell these guys to tighten it up, when they usually win even when they play so loose? A good question. Ask Alain Vigneault. Maybe he knows. Not that the Marlies are the hollow-cored New York Rangers. They usually do outshoot their opposition not just out-goal them.

Getting the Marlies back on track may be a harder task than Frölunda has with their team of slightly bored overachievers, however.

It’s not a terrible problem to have, being so good you’re struggling to execute your system well night after night, but it is a problem. And it’s a hell of a skill to bring to a team that’s never had this dilemma before if you learn the trick of it.

A cautionary tale

This is what Nate MacKinnon said about Jonathan Drouin recently:

“Our junior team, we lost five games all year, we had the puck the whole game,” MacKinnon said. “We were playing offense for two years, we didn’t really play any ‘D.’ So that’s tough. I don’t know you can really expect lockdown ‘D’ when you first come into the league. You can always work on your ‘D’ but you can’t just become an offensive force.”

And he’s not wrong. But where do you start to learn that more complete game? Something you can use when you don’t have a team of above average players every night. Something you can use to get yourself into a position to succeed when your coach hasn’t got the means to put you there. Something that will carry you when your cap-strapped team downgrades your linemates or your rebuilding team hasn’t got the horses to win much.

It’s not junior hockey, he’s right about that too.

For MacKinnon it was the NHL. He very much did it the hard way. But the New Toronto Maple Leafs don’t do things that way, they tell us. Not unless they have to, like they will with Mitch Marner.

So it had better be the AHL, the league most guys are trying to leave. And it better be now before they start leaving one way and another.

Nice problems to have

Sheldon Keefe has some things to accomplish. He’s got to bring Nylander back into the lineup; he’s got Connor Brown chomping at the bit to play—and he was as guilty as any guy out there of sloppy defensive errors. He might have Josh Leivo—who had as many shots on goal on Saturday as he had shots of any kind in 4 games for the Leafs—and who made a lot of sloppy definsive errors.

Keefe’s also got Mark Arcobello and T.J. Brennan, who need to see a carrot on the end of the stick or they might stop carrying the goal-scoring burden for the team most nights. (Between the pair of them they have 19% of the Marlies goals. Add in Nylander and Leivo, and you get to 34%. The offence isn’t quite so spread out on this team as we tell ourselves.)

Keefe’s got to get them all to tighten up and play better than they need to. And he has to convince them it’s for their own good. Because it is.

So far, he’s been very good at doing that. Let’s see if he can keep doing it once the All-Star Break is over.

Source: The Marlies kept trying to lose and finally succeeded

From the Branches: All-Star edition

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Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

All-Star things happened last night. All-Star things will happen tonight. Also tomorrow. Things.

Happy Sunday! The NHL All-Star game is happening today. William Nylander, T.J. Brennan, and Josh Leivo will also be appearing in the AHL All-Star game today and tomorrow. Should be boring as fun as a fake fake cheese fountain. Some very brief links for you today, because I’m phoning it in there isn’t much going on.

Front Page

NHL All-Star Skills Competition 2016 results in Leo Komarov’s “own” words
The only ASG recap you need to read, really.

LA to host 2017 NHL All Star Game, NHL likes Montreal better than Toronto
Title says it all.

Three Marlies at the 2016 AHL All-Star game
Link to the stream inside.

Other news

Philadelphia Flyers Top 25 Under 25 Midterm Update: Nos. 15 to 11 – Broad Street Hockey
The only bit of non-All-Star/game news I could find.

Finally, the skills competition happened yesterday. In lieu of a proper recap (I was watching real hockey–Les Canadiennes played the Calgary Inferno), I leave you with this picture:

Source: From the Branches: All-Star edition

Getting to Know: Kings radio analyst Daryl Evans

From Hockey News

Status: Former NHL left wing from 1981-1991 with Los Angeles, Washington, and Toronto. Currently serves as radio analyst for Los Angeles.

Ht: 5-8 Wt: 185 pounds
DOB: January 12, 1961 In: Toronto, Ontario

Hockey Inspirations: “Probably to push the game on to the next generations coming. It’s been great being involved in the game on so many different levels. Now being able to give back… a lot of it is very rewarding.”

First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: “At that time there were only six teams in the NHL. I can’t say the exact first. One of the first things that stand out to me was in ’72 watching the Team Canada play against the Russians in Maple Leaf Gardens when they played in that series in ’72 and it was a game I still remember the score. Canada won by a score of 4-2. I remember going to that game it was real special. Saw the practice in the mornings as well.”

Greatest Sports Moment(s): “Probably stepping on the ice and playing in the NHL – I think as a youngster you dream about that. And then playing in the game without a doubt the ‘Miracle on Manchester.’ Scoring the overtime goal in that game.”

Most Painful Moment: “I don’t really see anything as being painful. I guess looking at it now you’d probably say having it come to an end. But even at that different doors open up and for whatever reason I’ve been able to stay in the game. And probably more involved than I ever anticipated at this stage in my life. I don’t really have any regrets or anything disappointing about the game at all.”

Favorite Uniforms: “I think if you look at the Original Six the log that stands out the most is the Chicago Blackhawks – I still admire that logo. Also Detroit and Montreal, and the unique color combination of the purple and gold of the Kings which was a different type if uniform.”

Favorite Rinks To Play: “Going back to the Original Six – without a doubt the Canadian cities, stepping into Maple Leaf Gardens, the old Montreal Forum, Chicago creates a great environment. The way the fans get involved in Winnipeg. Even the way the game has evolved in California – the fan involvement and how much they’ve embraced the game and supported it.”

Funniest Players Encountered: “Each team has different guys. Dry sense of humor and practical jokers. I think one of the most entertaining guys I played with in the Maple Leafs organization – Jim Ralph was our goaltender down in Newmarket. He does radio with them now. Quite entertaining. Great impersonations. He was a great story teller.”

Embarrassing Hockey Memory: “I remember one where we were playing junior hockey and we had a bit of a brawl on the ice. A lot of punches being thrown and you’re just jumping from scrum to scrum going in and out of em. And I remember going into one scrum and one of my teammates – he was outnumbered by a couple of guys – So I just went in kind of throwing punches. And I think I hit my own guy [smiles]. And I remember at the end of the night he thanked me for coming in and saving his life. And I was the guy that hit [laughs]. ”

Strangest Game: “I think you look at the ‘Miracle on Manchester.’ Having the five goal deficit – definitely a strange game. When I played junior hockey there was a game that we were trailing by three goals with less than 2:00 left. Then came back and tied it and won that one in overtime. And then the very first playoff game that I played in – that was against Edmonton as well. That was a 10-8 game – and that still stands as the most goals scored in a playoff game. That was a crazy affair that went back and forth. Eighteen goals. It was fun to be on the right side of it.”

Funny Hockey Memory: “There’s so many things. All the people you come across. There’s so many different characters that you come across. Maybe watching Phil Esposito as a youngster when he came out on the ice introduced for Team Canada and he slipped on the ice. Just to kinda see – those guys are humans as well. I remember as a kid we had a chuckle about that. It brought things into perspective – even the best in the game – those types of things happen to them.”

Most Memorable Goal: “Without a doubt the ‘Miracle on Manchester.’ But I think scoring the very first goal of my career was against Chico Resch (vs Colorado Rockies). And then I remember scoring a goal in Maple Leaf Gardens. Growing up in Toronto – that was special as well.”

People Qualities Most Admired: “Just people that are honest. People that are not selfish. People that are easy-going and fun-loving. People that just enjoy life.”

Fiercest Competitors Encountered: “There’s different types. From a physical standpoint and competitiveness – just a compete level and getting involved in one on one battles on the ice. I remember playing against Wayne Gretzky and just the tenacity that he had on the puck. Harold Snepsts was a player that was hard to play against. He was a guy that didn’t have too much respect for the opposing team let alone smaller guys. He was a big enforcer type defenseman. He was a presence in front of the net. I remember taking a lot of lumber from him. Every team had all kinds of guys.”

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Source: Getting to Know: Kings radio analyst Daryl Evans

NHL All-Star Game 2016: Game time, TV schedule, and online streaming

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Find out when the games start, how to watch them on TV, or, new this year, stream them online.

The 2016 NHL All-Star Game kicks off late this afternoon in Nashville. This year the format has been changed to a  mini-tournament of 20 minute 3-on-3 hockey games, pitting divisions against at each other. The Atlantic division team will play against the Metropolitan team, then the Central division team will play the Pacific team. The winners of each game will face off for a final championship game.

Coverage on CBC kicks off at 5:00PM EST.

NBCSN has a pre-game show beginning at 4:30PM.

The start time of the games will be staggered about one hour apart. Allowing for opening montages, commercials, and intermissions, expect the actual games to start at 5:15, 6:15, and 7:15.

This year for the first time you can watch on NHL Gamecentre Live. You can access the matches on the schedule, like you do for a regular game. They will be archived so you can watch the games later if you can’t catch the live broadcast.

The teams are indeed competing for a $1,000,000 prize.

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Source: NHL All-Star Game 2016: Game time, TV schedule, and online streaming

Marlies captain Andrew Campbell quietly leads club to greater heights

From The Star

As captain of the Toronto Marlies, Andrew Campbell is paid to lead, to help keep a first-place team on the right path and to note deficiencies in his team’s game when it goes off track.

Saturday’s 6-5 overtime loss to the Binghamton Senators at Ricoh Coliseum was one of those nights where the veteran defenceman did indeed notice such things.

“There can be lots of excuses,” Campbell said after the loss, just the second in the Marlies’ last 14 games. The defeat came after the team had arrived in Toronto just before 5 a.m. Saturday morning after a road victory Friday night in Grand Rapids, Mich.

“But we have to be able to fight through them. We played a team that’s down in the standings and if we’re up to half our potential, we win this game.”

The Marlies head into the all-star break at 36-9-2, the top club in the AHL but not exactly feeling good about their game of late.

The Maple Leafs’ farm club fought to overcome an off-day full of turnovers and defensive responsibility. Centre Connor Brown had a goal and an assist — giving him six points in four games since return from injury — while Josh Leivo, on loan from the Leafs, had a pair of goals with two assists.

Still, the Marlies were sloppy in the neutral zone, giving up too many transition opportunities to the Senators. Their usually solid own-zone defence was off kilter, allowing open lanes and too many easy passes to dangerous areas in front of the Toronto net for Senator forwards.

After the game, coach Sheldon Keefe, William Nylander and Leivo made their way to Syracuse to partake in the AHL’s all-star festivities but the coach wasn’t leaving without a stern warning.

“Some of it you look at it as . . . fatigue, you come in at (four in the morning) and you come up short,” Keefe said.

“But the same mistakes we made tonight we made (Friday) night and the game before that. It’s been disguised a bit by how things have fallen into place (their 12-2 win streak) so you want the team to see this as a sign . . . get to work, we have a lot of work to do.”

Campbell will be called on to stem the problems that have cropped up in the Marlies game. They lost for just the third time in Saturday games this season — 13-2-1 — and added to their sub-par performance by taking two penalties for having too many men on the ice.

But the team remains a talented club with real aspirations of a long playoff run. Campbell seems to be the perfect man to lead this club.

The Marlies have a number of young stars, and 27-year-old Campbell has quietly helped lead them to their current lofty status. He is a mature, quiet presence on the team, one who steadies the dressing room and performs the give-and-take exchanges with the coaching staff, one of the more difficult duties on a captain’s to-do list.

Campbell was signed by the Leafs as a free agent last summer to do exactly that. Drafted in the third round by the Los Angeles Kings in 2008, he spent six seasons in the AHL with the Manchester Monarchs before finishing the last 33 games last season with the Arizona Coyotes in the NHL.

Campbell served as captain on a Manchester team that sent stars like Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson to the Kings. And while he kept plugging away in the minors, Campbell learned leadership from previous Monarchs captains like Drew Bagnall and Marc-Andre Cliche.

“They were always the hardest working guys on the ice, but I’ve been fortunate to be around hard working people my whole life. My father (Roger) is a steelworker for Lake Erie Steel (in Nanticoke, Ont.) for like 30 years and my mother (Cindy) taught Grade 3 for 30 years,” said Campbell, who hails from Caledonia, Ont.

Source: Marlies captain Andrew Campbell quietly leads club to greater heights

Wings’ Larkin jets to skating record

From Hockey News

Dylan Larkin made a little history Saturday in the Music City.

Larkin, the Detroit Red Wings left winger and most recent cover boy of The Hockey News, broke a 20-year-old mark for his skating prowess at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition.

Larkin completed a lap in 13.172 seconds, breaking then-Toronto Maple Leafs right winger Mike Gartner’s record of 13.386 seconds back in 1996.

Gartner’s record was established six months before Larkin, 19, was even born. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Larkin became a trending topic on Twitter in Canada. His efforts also earned him some respect from another speedster, former NHLer Cliff Ronning.

However, Larkin’s record does come with an asterisk.

When Gartner established his mark 20 years ago in Boston, he was required to start from a static position at center ice. Larkin was permitted to have a skating start from the blueline. The clock only started ticking once he crossed the red line.

Still, it was an impressive performance in Nashville for the freshman, who has 15 goals and 33 points in 48 games.

Source: Wings’ Larkin jets to skating record