Archive for October, 2016
I apologize for not posting up last weekend’s Coach’s Corner segment, but I had a very good reason for it. October 22 was the night of Game 6 of the 2016 National League Championship Series, and living in Chicago, knowing the Cubs are a big deal in my area, they were on the brink of winning the National League for the first time in 71 years. As you know, they won the pennant by shutting out the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0, and the party commenced into the night. Therefore I didn’t post the Coach’s corner segment from that night, which was from the Heritage Classic in Winnipeg. Anyhow, here’s Coach’s Corner from this past weekend:
For the longest time, the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club had a policy that if a number was to be retired, it had to be in the wake of a tragic event (Irvine “Ace: Bailey suffering a career-ending in-game injury, or Bill Barilko perishing in a plane crash) In 1993, the Leafs honored the players with a banner at Maple Leaf Gardens/Air Canada Centre, but kept the number that they wore in circulation so that future Leaf players can wear that number. This policy made the fans believe that if other players wear an honored number, it would tarnish the legacy of the number they wore. That all changed Saturday night when the 16 numbers that have been HONORED in the past 25 years officially became RETIRED numbers, never to be worn by another Leaf again. Also, the greatest Toronto Maple Leaf, Dave Keon. officially had his number #14 retired by the Leafs organization to conclude a 25-minute pregame ceremony to commemorate the hone opener of the centennial celebration of the Toronto Maple Leafs. In case you missed it, here’s the entire ceremony courtesy of Sportsnet.
Here’s the first Coach’s Corner of the 2016-17 season, and it features Don Cherry’s take on Auston Matthews’ historic NHL debut.
When the Toronto Maple Leafs selected Auston Matthews as the number one pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, they believed that he can be the franchise player the Leafs can build around. Well did anyone expect this to happen last night in his first NHL game?
Matthews became the first player in modern NHL history to score four goals in his first NHL game. Here’s some more interesting facts regarding Mattthews historic NHL debut:
- Prior to Matthews, Derek Stepan, Fabian Brunnstrom, and Real Cloutier are the only players to record a hat trick in their first NHL game.
- Matthews four-goal game is the first four-goal game in a season-opening game since Chris Kontos did it against the Chicago Blackhawks in the first game in the history of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992.
- Matthews is the youngest player to score four goals in a NHL game since Bobby Carpenter did it against the St. Louis Blues in 1982.
Leafs Nation, THIS is just the beginning…