Toronto Maple Leafs Now Displaying Managed Trucalence and Tenacity to Win

October 2nd, 2010 by Graeme Boyce Leave a reply »
With October's diverse fall colours finally upon us, and thus as we head into another hockey season, it's interesting to note the Toronto Maple Leafs are a much different team than was handed over to Ron Wilson when he first arrived.  In fact, only four players remain from his original group two years ago.  This is clearly Brian Burke's team, and a defined blue and white team that will drive for the playoffs based on integrity.

By now, they each know the Leafs' storied history.  They surely recognize and know the now-mythical names.  They understand the opportunity is theirs to lose.  

In terms of a tipping point, there are three items of significance that will signal the arrival of Toronto as a playoff contender: the ability of Ron Wilson to truly coach his inherited team into and through the playoffs, the ability of every player to understand and accept his role on the team, and the ability of star players to rise above fate and truly dominate games.

Perhaps integrity is a word under-used in hockey, but hockey players really need only one rule: unsportsmanlike conduct.  Every player knows the difference between a cheap shot and a ...

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