Welcome to Canada, eh!

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Thirty people officially became Canadian citizens Wednesday when citizenship ceremonies were held inside the Maple Leafs dressing room at the Air Canada Centre, where blue-and-white Leaf jerseys hung in front of each cubicle.

Previous ceremonies had been held in places like Casa Loma, Exhibition Place, the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre.

"We want to stress how important citizenship is," Cheryl Sleep, Clerk of the Ceremony, told com ."Ever yon emapleleafs.o fou rceremonies are open to the public, but it's hard to get people to come to an office. This is a way of advertising."

Added Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd.'s Jennifer Callegaro: "Hockey is a big part of who we are. We thought, " What a perfect marriage -bringing new Canadians to the home of the Maple Leafs."

Thirty new additions to Leafs Nation, perhaps?

WATCH YOUR MOUTH

With Sean Avery coming to town, trash talking understandably was a hot topic at Leaf practice Wednesday.

Even coach Ron Wilson admitted that, standing behind the Leafs bench, he has to watch his p's and q's at times because the omnipresent Careful television cameras always seem to be looming.

He was reminded of that during the Leafs 2-1 overtime loss to the New York Islanders Monday night when he became angry at the officials for waving off an apparent goal by Kris Versteeg.

"The other night, I called home and my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter asked me why I was yelling at the man," Wilson recounted. "And the man was the referee. I told her we didn't get a goal because of that man. I had to explain that to my granddaughter who was watching the game.

"I know I didn't throw any F-bombs when I was on TV. I watch myself."

BLUESHIRT BULLETIN

Forward Brandon Dubinsky took a shot off the arm during Rangers practice Wednesday and left the ice early. According to the Bergen Record, however, coach John Tortorella claimed the team was erring on the side of caution, adding that Dubinsky would be in the lineup against the Leafs Thursday at the Air Canada Centre ... Tortorella would not reveal if Henrik Lundqvist or backup Marty Biron would start against the Leafs. Biron is expected to get the call in one of the Rangers upcoming three games ... Defenceman Mike Sauer is expected to suit up for New York, leaving either Matt Gilroy or Steve Eminger as a likely healthy scratch ... Defenceman Marc Staal has been given the "A" as one of the Rangers assistant captains while forward Vinny Prospal is injured.

LINE JUGGLING

It is expected the Rangers will start Dubinsky with Ryan Callahan and centre Artem Anisimov on the first line in the absence of Marion Gaborik.

Erik Christensen will centre Alex Frolov and Brandon Prust on another line, Avery- Derek Stepan-Ruslan Fedotenko forms the third line, with Derek Boogaard-Todd White-Brian Boyle making up the fourth line.

On defence, Staal will line up with Michal Rozsival, Michael Del Zotto will team with Dan Girardi and Sauer will be with whoever plays between Eminger and Gilroy.


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