Brian Burke was a busy man yesterday, hosting a group who won a charity auction prize from his alma mater Providence College, which included a day with the Leafs GM, a tour of the TD Garden and a private suite for the game.
Burke's guest in the Leafs' box was Brantford-born Nick Kaczur, the starting right tackle of the New England Patriots.
The Leafs worked in a half-day off yesterday as they trudge through one of the busiest stretches of the year. Playing at least every second day between Nov. 30 and Dec. 23, they stayed off the ice following the Isles' game the night before. With games tomorrow and Monday, they're locked into a Ricoh Coliseum practice on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., open to fans who attend the 4 p.m. Marlies game against Grand Rapids
LET IT SNOW
A little snow in the Boston area the past few days has kindled interest in the New Year's Day Winter Classic against the Flyers.
"Just to be field level at Fenway Park and say you played there will be the experience of a lifetime," Boston forward Blake Wheeler said.
"I played outdoors a lot (growing up). It's very cold in Minnesota and there's a lot of frozen ponds. You went out with your buddies and that's where your love of the game comes from."