Leafs salute medallists

STEVE BUFFERY

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

Prior to the home opener last night, the Maple Leafs honoured 20 Canadian medallists from the recent Beijing Summer Olympics, including gold medallists Carol Huynh (wrestling) and Kevin Light, Malcolm Howard and Dominic Seiterle (all men,s eight rowing). Also honoured were silver-medallists Jason Burnett (trampoline), Mac Cone (equestrian), David Calder (rowing), Jill Henselwood (equestrian) Karine Sergerie (Taekwando), Emilie Heymans (diving), Karen Cockburn (trampoline) and bronze medallists Ryan Cochrane (swimming), Iain Brambell (rowing), Mike Lewis (rowing), Liam Parsons (rowing), Thomas Hall (canoe), Priscilla Lopes-Schliep (hurdles), Melanie Kok (rowing), Tonya Verbeek (wrestling) and Tracy Cameron (rowing).

IN FROM THE PRAIRIE

Rookie defenceman Luke Schenn had a loyal fan club in the stands for his first regular season game at the Air Canada Centre, his mom and dad, Rita and Jeff (a Saskatoon firefighter) and his two sisters. His younger brother Brayden, who plays for the Brandon Wheat Kings, couldn't make it, as he is on a road trip with that WHL club.

Well-founded

Leafs head coach Ron Wilson was worried last night that the opening ceremonies at the ACC would leave his club a little flat-footed in the first period.

He was also unsure if the visiting Montreal Canadiens, who played in Buffalo on Friday night, would be sluggish.

"I don't know if they had any border-crossing issues, but I tried to get Cliff (Fletcher)to do something along those lines," said Wilson, with a laugh.

Finnish Pride

New Leafs winger Niklas Hagman was bursting with pride this week.

Like many Finns, Hagman is proud that a Finn, Martii Ahtisaari, won the Nobel Peace Prize this year.

Over the past 20 years, Ahtisaari has played a prominent role in resolving serious and long-lasting conflicts in Namibia, Indonesia, Kosovo and Iraq.


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