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    Toronto Maple Leafs mark Remembrance Day before game against Devils In addition to honoring the Hockey Hall of Fame inductees, the Maple Leafs will be marking Remembrance Day on Friday coach online outlet sale before their game with the New Jersey Devils. The franchise has been putting emphasis on past and current members of the Canadian Armed Forces since Maple Leaf cheap coach handbags outlet Sports and Entertainment management and Leafs alumni began trips to visit service personnel in Afghanistan, prior to the international mission winding down. Luke Schenn and now Joffrey Lupul have been hosting a member of the forces at home games since 2009 and their introduction always sparks a standing ovation from the crowd and the Leafs bench. The team has had a strong connection to the military going back to team owner and Maple Leaf Gardens patriarch Conn Smythe, who served in the two world wars. The team logo itself is rooted to the leaf emblem Canadian soldiers had on their helmets and uniforms. Smythe, who was shot down in World War 1 and was a POW, formed an artillery battery from his Gardens workers, which saw action in Europe in the 1940s. Smythe was wounded during a German raid on an ammunition convoy in France and some of his men, as well as Leaf prospects, did not make it home. More than 60 Leafs enlisted in the two wars, prominent players such as scoring champ Gordie Drillon, captain Syl Apps and goaltenders Turk Broda and Johnny Bower. General manager/coach Punch Imlach and player/coach Howie Meeker did as well, Meeker was nearly killed by a fellow soldier grenade while in training in England. But hockey was a great release for the Canadians overseas during the war. Well attended games between the Canadian army, navy and air force were played in makeshift arenas around bases in Britain before D Day and when one roof was shattered by Nazi planes, the games moved under giant tents, including one that Meeker recalled had a giant pole right on the blueline that players had to avoid. A favourite story was the Canadian crew of a Lancaster bomber, which was forced to observe radio silence for its long and dangerous missions into occupied Europe. One of the pilots could do a decent Foster Hewitt imitation and called a pretend game between the Leafs and Detroit Red Wings on the plane intercom to ease the tension. His winning Leafs goal was so coach outlet seattle realistic, that the tail gunner, a Wings fan, argued it was offside. In addition to honoring the Hockey Hall of Fame inductees, the Maple Leafs will be marking Remembrance Day on Friday before their game with the New Jersey Devils. The franchise has been putting emphasis on past and current members of the Canadian Armed Forces since Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment management promo code for coach outlet and Leafs alumni began trips to visit service personnel in Afghanistan, prior cheap coach bags outlet to the international mission winding down. Luke Schenn and now Joffrey Lupul have been hosting a member of the forces at home games since 2009 and their introduction always sparks a standing ovation from the crowd and the Leafs bench. The team has had a strong connection to the military going back to team owner and Maple Leaf Gardens patriarch Conn Smythe, who served in the two world wars. The team logo itself is rooted to the leaf emblem Canadian soldiers had on their helmets and uniforms. coach factory outlet
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