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For Leaf fans, it’s hockey in Paradise

Three prominent Toronto Maple Leafs — from left John Tavares, Auston Matthews and goalie Frederik Andersen — will be on the ice at the Paradise Double Ice Complex starting today as the Leafs get their 2019 training ca,p under way in Newfoundland and Labrador. Team practices and scrimmages run until Sunday, with an NHL exhibition between the Leafs and Ottawa Senators scheduled for Sunday.
Three prominent Toronto Maple Leafs — from left John Tavares, Auston Matthews and goalie Frederik Andersen — will be on the ice at the Paradise Double Ice Complex starting today as the Leafs get their 2019 training ca,p under way in Newfoundland and Labrador. Team practices and scrimmages run until Sunday, with an NHL exhibition between the Leafs and Ottawa Senators scheduled for Sunday. - Postmedia Archive

Toronto Maple Leafs open training camp at Paradise Double Ice Complex Friday

The Toronto Maple Leafs hit the ice in Paradise today for the opening of their 2019 training camp, the first of three straight days of practice and scrimmages at the town’s Double Ice Complex.

It’s not the first time the Leafs have moved camp outside Toronto — twice Toronto staged camp in Halifax, and the team held its training camp in the Niagara region of Ontario the past two years — but it makes a first for metro St. John’s and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Toronto was scheduled to hold camp in St. John's back in 2001, when the St. John’s Maple Leafs were the American Hockey League affiliate. However, that was cancelled because of the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States.

But the Leafs did manage to play the Blue-White intrasquad game that year, and an NHL exhibition against the Montreal Canadiens at Mile One Centre.

The Leafs and Senators also played an NHL exhibition at Mile One in 2003.

A pre-season friendly is also planned as part of the 2019 camp, with the Senators again visiting Mile One Tuesday night.

Drop of the puck for that game, which was sold out in minutes, is 7 p.m.

At 7 o’clock Sunday evening at Mile One, the Leafs’ Alumni will play a team comprised of members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Two charters touched down at St. John’s Airport Thursday carrying 75 players, and another 50 coaches, front office officials, hockey operations, game operations and PR and marketing staff.

All will be staying downtown St. John’s, and transported to and from Paradise.

“It’s really quite the production,” said Glenn Stanford, president of the Kelly Cup champion Newfoundland Growlers, the Leafs’ ECHL affiliate.

“They’re basically taking their dressing room, equipment room, medical and training rooms and setting them up in Paradise,” he said. “The amount of equipment being shipped here is quite something.

“Full credit to the Leafs. They’re all in, and their marketing and PR teams have done a wonderful job bringing the Maple Leafs’ brand to Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Starting 10:30 this morning, players will take to the two surfaces in Paradise until 1 p.m.

Events inside the Paradise Double Ice Complex today through Sunday will be ticketed, and fans wishing to gain entry will require a paper ticket. All tickets are free and will be made available on each day of training camp on a first-come, first-served basis, starting 8 a.m. outside the arena’s main entrance.

During their stop in St. John’s, Leafs’ players will be visiting the Janeway Children’s Hospital and working with youth hockey groups in the metro region.

A barbeque is set for noon Sunday at the Paradise Double Ice Complex, which fans are invited to attend.

Ten players from last year’s Growlers team have been invited to camp, including St. John’s natives Zach O’Brien, the playoffs’ MVP last spring, and Marcus Power.

Others Growlers who be at camp are Matt Bradley, Giorgio Estephan, Hudson Elynuik, Brady Ferguson, Scott Pooley, Alex Gudbranson, Kristians Rubins and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev.

One player Leaf fans won’t be seeing is leading scorer and restricted free agent Mitch Marner.

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Players attending the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 2019 training camp:

FORWARDS

Pontus Aberg, Mikhail Abramov, Kenny Agostino, Darren Archibald, Nicholas Baptiste, Jeremy Bracco, Matt Bradley, Justin Brazeau, Adam Brooks, Rich Clune, Colt Conrad, Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, Hudson Elynuik, Pierre Engvall, Giorgio Estephan, Brady Ferguson, Tyler Gaudet, Frederik Gauthier, Andreas Johnsson, Kasperi Kapanen, Alexander Kerfoot, Egor Korshkov, Kallie Kossila, Aaron Luchuk, Mason Marchment, Auston Matthews, Tanner McMaster, Ilya Mikheyev, Trevor Moore, William Nylander, Zach O’Brien, Nic Petan, Scott Pooley, Marcus Power, Matt Read, Nicolas Robertson, Nick Shore, Jason Spezza, Riley Stotts, John Tavares, Dimytro Timashov

DEFENCE

Tyson Barrie, Cody Ceci, Joseph Duszak, Kevin Gravel, Alex Gudbranson, Ben Harpur, Justin Holl, Mac Hollowell, Ryan Johnston, Michael Kapla, Teemu Kivihalme, Filip Kral, Timothy Liljegren, Jesper Lindgren, Kallie Loponen, Martin Marincin, Jake Muzzin, Marc-Antoine Pepin, Morgan Reilly, Kristians Rubins, Rasmus Sandin, Sergei Sapego, Jordan Schmaltz

GOALTENDERS

Frederik Andersen, Brandon Halverson, Michael Hutchinson, Kasimir Kaskisuo, Michael Neuvirth, Ian Scott, Maksim Zhukov

INJURED

Travis Dermott, Zach Hyman, Garrett Wilson, Joseph Woll,

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Members of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Alumni squad playing a team from the Canadian Armed Forces 7 p.m. Sunday at Mile One Centre:

Wendel Clark, Darcy Tucker, Doug Gilmour, Dan Daoust, Rick Vaive, Ken McRae, Kevin Maguire, Jean-Sebastian Aubin, Al Iafrate, Colton Orr, Nik Antropov, Shayne Corson, Tomas Kaberle


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