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  • The 67’s alternate captain Joseph Blandisi at the boards in the first period.

    January 8, 2014 8:52 PM 14

    Photograph by: JULIE OLIVER, OTTAWA CITIZEN Joseph Blandisi, who until Wednesday morning led the Ottawa 67’s in both goals and points, hasn’t played in an Ontario Hockey League playoff game since his rookie season in Owen Sound way back in 2011-12. In terms of a junior hockey career, that’s almost a lifetime, and the chances Blandisi and the 67’s are going

  • Leafs recall forward Ashton, send Holland to Marlies

    January 8, 2014 7:03 PM 10

    TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs recalled forward Carter Ashton from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. Toronto also reassigned centre Peter Holland to their minor-league affiliate. The six-foot-three, 200-pound Ashton, a Winnipeg native, has one assist in 18 games over three previous stints this season with Toronto

  • Toronto Maple Leafs recall forward Ashton, send centre Holland to Marlies

    January 8, 2014 6:57 PM 10

    TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs recalled forward Carter Ashton from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. Toronto also reassigned centre Peter Holland to their minor-league affiliate. The six-foot-three, 200-pound Ashton, a Winnipeg native, has one assist in 18 games over three previous stints this season with Toronto

  • Toronto FC completes move for Tottenham's Jermain Defoe

    January 8, 2014 6:16 PM 18

    As first reported by the Toronto Sun in mid-December Hidden away at the Kia training ground last October, it was hard not to chuckle. It was hard not to smirk after listening to former TFC 'keeper Stefan Frei's eulogy and Richard Eckersley's bewilderment. After a disgruntled Danny Koevermans completed his woe-is-me schpeel that day, it seemed TFC wasn't

  • Erik Guay, Jan Hudec and Manuel Osborne-Paradis lead experienced alpine ski team to Sochi

    January 8, 2014 5:47 PM 16

    Manuel Osborne-Paradis was one of three skiers named to Canada's Olympic team Wednesday.Wednesday saw the official announcement of the Canadian men's alpine skiers who have qualified for the Sochi Olympics thus far, and the three names tabbed are familiar ones. Mont Tremblant, Quebec's Erik Guay and Vancouver's Manuel Osborne-Paradis will be heading

  • Flames captain Giordano nearly made Team Canada’s Olympic roster

    January 8, 2014 6:45 AM 15

    Hard-working defender received a consolation call from Steve Yzerman on Tuesday morning, showing he was right in the mix “I actually got a call from Stevie Y this morning,” reported Mark Giordano. “It was nice to hear I was right in the mix and he let me know that. That’s the way he described it to me. Didn’t have to do that, he’s a pretty busy guy right

  • Zize breaks down Canada's Olympic roster

    January 8, 2014 4:11 AM 90

    Short of hooking up a GPS on each of his Team Canada players, how does Peter Chiarelli and the rest of the Canadian management braintrust hope to find their way to the podium for a gold medal in Russia? “Speed, speed, experience ... and speed,” Chiarelli said. “You can easily get lost on the big ice surface out there.” Give the Canadian hierarchy credit

  • Wheeling and dealing Hitmen have options as trade deadline nears

    January 8, 2014 4:00 AM 12

    Has Calgary made its big move or does latest swap set them up to make a big splash before Friday? It may well be the Calgary Hitmen have already made their big move before the Western Hockey League trade deadline. They did add Dallas Stars prospect Mike Winther in a swap with Prince Albert back on Dec. 28 (sending Calder Brooks and their second round

  • Islanders captain John Tavares calls Olympic call-up a ‘big honor’ 

    January 8, 2014 12:11 AM 13

    'It's in your blood to be an Olympian to play for Canada,' said the 23-year-old Tavares, who will either play at center or on the wing for his country at Sochi. Kyle Okposo might have gotten snubbed from Team USA, but at least Islanders fans can fall back on John Tavares. On Tuesday, the Islanders captain was officially named to Team Canada's roster

  • Kings' Doughty, Carter get Olympic nods, as do Ducks' Getzlaf, Perry

    January 7, 2014 11:30 PM 4

    According to a Ducks spokesman, Koivu felt it was not in his best interests to play at the Olympics given his age (39) and the fact he had missed time this season because of injuries. The roster for defending champion Canada included several surprise names, and a few notable omissions. Carter’s name was a mild surprise, though his goal-scoring ability