VANCOUVER -- Among the wishes sent to the Canadian players from across the country is one that has a little more resonance with goalie Justin Pogge.
A hand-written note from Maple Leafs and Olympic coach Pat Quinn is just one of many of the letters posted in the team's meal room at its hotel. Also among the notes is one signed by each current Leaf who played for Canada at the world junior in the past.
Pogge was a third-round pick by the Leafs in 2004 and signed with the club in December. That Quinn would take the time to write the note impressed Pogge.
"He wrote that he wanted us to play with pride and to enjoy the ride here," Pogge said.
"I think it's really cool to get that and know that he is thinking of us. It's a great feeling and it was nice."
Some former Maple Leafs players are in town for an alumni game involving players from the 1982 and 1985 world junior teams. Scheduled to participate are Wendel Clark, Shayne Corson, Dan Hodgson, Greg Johnston, Jeff Jackson, Garth Butcher and Gary Nylund and current Leafs scout Dave Morrison.