Treat for troops planned

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:55 AM ET

With so many members of Canada's armed forces in Afghanistan sending the Leafs their best wishes, the club is reciprocating during its game against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

The club plans to play host to an estimated 100 service personnel in two giant private boxes, as well as recognize their peacekeeping contributions in a special opening faceoff ceremony. There is a yet-to-be-finalized plan to display some of their equipment in the Air Canada Centre Galleria.

RAYCROFT HEARS NO EVIL

Goalie Andrew Raycroft appreciates the support he received from teammates after getting booed at home on Saturday for allowing a couple of soft goals. But he claims to be immune from the abuse.

"Believe me, the only 20 guys I'm worried about in the entire city, province and country (as to) what people think of me are the guys in here and the coaches," he said prior to the Leafs' 4-1 loss last night.

"If we win a couple of games I'm sure it will go the other way. They'll say I'm the greatest in the world; we'll lose a couple and I'm horrible. That's the beauty of the city and that's what is so much fun about being here."

The jeers were spread throughout the team last night as the Leafs were outplayed by the Cup champs.

Coach Paul Maurice had his own take on Raycroft's situation yesterday morning.

"Every save not made is tantamount to treason in Leaf Nation," the coach said.

STAR TRIPS

Though it remains to be seen which Leafs might be chosen for the NHL all-star game in Dallas on Jan. 24, two Marlies now serving with the Leafs could be on opposing teams when the American Hockey League has its showcase game at Ricoh Coliseum on Jan. 29.

Forward Kris Newbury was a coaches' choice for Canada and forward Erik Westrum was voted by fans to start for the international team. Both hope they're still with the Leafs then.


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