Stanley Cup

lineup waiting to see Devante Smith-Pelly

Lifting Lord Stanley’s Mug

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend the day with the Stanley Cup? To lift it above your head, fill it with beer, or even put a baby in it? The manager of the Black Dog Pub in Scarborough now knows what that feels like.

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Leaf faithful remember the last Cup

Phyllis Allen remembers it as if it were yesterday. “The whole city was abuzz and in celebration,” she said. “I have never seen anything like it. The streets were packed.” In 1967 the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup. The victory brought the entire city to a standstill. Long-time Maple Leaf fan Phyllis Allen joined others along Yonge Street for the victory parade. Toronto has not experienced a celebration of that magnitude in the intervening 46 years.

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NHL predictions: man vs. machine

The Tampa Bay Lightning will be the 2012 Stanley Cup champions. At least, that’s what EA Sports NHL 12 tells us, after Observer staff ran a full season simulation to see what mere stats and…

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Leafs! Habs! It starts again

There were two famous Canadian rivalries in the NHL between the 1970’s and 1990’s: the Montreal Canadiens and Quebec Nordiques barely could be around each other, and the historical rivalry between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal. It is about to re-start again on Thursday night when Montreal visits the Leafs at Air Canada Centre for the season opener.

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2011-12 NHL Northeast Division Preview

The Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup last season, and thus head into the coming year as a heavy favourite to repeat. Not wanting to mess with success, the Bruins didn’t do much roster tinkering over the offseason. Tomas Kaberle moved onto the Carolina Hurricanes, but the club traded for Joe Corvo (formerly of the Hurricanes himself) and feels he can put up similar production at a cheaper price.

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Stanley Cup Game 7 a winner for Danforth pub

A long 82-game season and two intense months of playoff hockey came down to just one game for the right to hoist hockey’s Holy Grail, a right claimed by the Boston Bruins. At bars across Toronto last night, the beer flowed and servers were kept busy as fans of the Vancouver Canucks and the Bruins lifted mugs of a different sort.