The Final Roster
There are a few management additions, and one line-up change. Plus, we've listed the first 3 lines together as 5-man units.
Wendel Clark (Captain) - Doug Gilmour - Dave Andreychuk
Borje Salming - Sylvain Lefebvre
Salming and Lefebvre move up to the first line to provide stability and consistency. This group will see a lot of ice time and will be on the ice at the beginning and end of every period.
Alexnder Mogilny - Mats Sundin (Assistant) - Nikolai Borschevsky
Tomas Kaberle - Danny Markov
Markov takes Mironov's spot beside Kaberle and this tandem then becomes the perfect fit for the second unit. A distinctly European blend of poise, intelligence, and creativity, this line will be constantly on the attack, and always exciting to watch.
Darcy Tucker - Darryl Sittler (Assistant) - Rick Vaive
Bill Berg - Alyn McCauley - Gary Roberts
Todd Gill - Al Iafrate
Felix Potvin - Curtis Joseph
Mironov is the odd man out (for now), and coming in to replace him is fan favorite, Al Iafrate. He'll play with Gill as the Leafs try to win every game, 6-5. Sittler's line will probably rotate through the 3 defensive pairs based on game-situations and special assingments. Gill and Iafrate, meanwhile, will likely see a lot of time backing up the checking line, especially when the coach needs 5 guys who can stir things up.
extras - (F)Owen Nolan, (D)Dimitri Mironov, (G)Damien Rhodes
coaches - Pat Burns, Kirk Muller, Mike Foligno
GM - Pat Quinn, Special Assistant to the GM - Joe Nieuwendyk
President - Cliff Fletcher
Executive Vice-President, Corporate and Community Partnerships - Chemmy
Kirk Muller and Mike Foligno join Pat Burns behind the bench and Joe Nieuwendyk joins the management team as a special assistant to the GM. (weird, eh?)
All games will be held at Maple Leaf Gardens, but I'm not giving back my seat, they'll have to get new ones. There will be a corporate VIP lounge, however it will be super-exclusive, astronomically expensive, and buried 30kms below the surface of the earth and won't have anything to do with hockey.
Leaf fans (as opposed to soft-drink addicts) will be rewarded with Fan Appreciation Nights every Saturday. Each fan will receive a souvenir Leafs cap that they can throw on the ice after a Leafs' hat-trick or at the end of the game when the Leafs lose. Also, Leaf-legend, Ken Baumgartner will be on hand to greet each and every fan into the building with a handshake. Any fan wearing a Maple Leafs jersey will be given a gift certificate for another one, and anyone wearing a tie will be asked to remove it.
All pre-season home games and practices will be free and open to the public. And, because we care deeply about penny-less children, 500 seats for every home game will be dedicated to youth-at-risk, and low-income families, available through our Corporate and Community Partnerships program (MLSE VP CEO, Chemmy). Contact us to see if you qualify, and we'll send a soda-pop representative to shake you upside-down and make sure you really haven't got any money.