Skills on display

MIKE ZEISBERGER

, Last Updated: 7:27 AM ET

Which Maple Leaf shoots the hardest or skates the fastest?

Those questions will be answered today in front of an enthusiastic throng at the Air Canada Centre.

The Leafs will hold their annual skills competition, with featured events including the hardest shot competition and the shooting accuracy challenge.

The event takes place at 11 a.m., with proceeds benefitting the Leafs Fund and the NHLPA Goals and Dreams fund.

INDOOR PRACTICE

In what is becoming an annual tradition, the Leafs will hold an outdoor practice.

This time it will be held at Withrow Park Rink, which is located at 725 Logan Avenue in East York, starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

The Leafs and Home Depot will unveil upgrades and refurbishments made to one of five Riverdale-area rinks as part of their Hockey Rink Legacy Program. Among those on hand will be Toronto mayor David Miller and 250 students from Pape Avenue Public School and Leslieville Junior Public School.

LOOSE LEAFS

With Alex Steen and Nik Antropov returning to the lineup yesterday the Leafs reassigned F Kris Newbury to the AHL Marlies ... Steen admitted being a little rusty after missing more than two weeks with a shoulder injury. "I just need to get my timing back," he said ... Antropov admitted being embarrassed at throwing his stick in the direction of the referees 10 days ago in Carolina, an act that landed him a three-game suspension. "I just want to turn the page and start fresh," he said ... Captain Mats Sundin has been impressed with the play of Antropov. "He's having a really good season, his best as a Maple Leaf," Sundin said. ... Sundin credits much of the Leafs', recent success to the enthusiasm of the kids that have been inserted into the lineup. One of those, Swedish defenceman Anton Stralman, took the shot that Antropov defelcted for the winning goal in Toronto,s 3-2 overtime win over the Wings. "I saw Nikky in front of the net and tried to hit his stick with the puck," Stralman said.


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