Coach boos captain

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:11 AM ET

TORONTO - The strange but unmistakable sound of booing came from inside the Maple Leafs’ private quarters on Monday, with a smiling Dion Phaneuf emerging a few minutes later.

Coach Ron Wilson later said he’d given his captain a bit of the Bronx cheer as well during practice, all in fun, to help break the ice when Phaneuf goes back to Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver this week.

“He’s going to to hear it in all three places I suspect,” Wilson said with a grin. “I think he will be cheered by more people.

“But it’s like Toronto. If 500 people boo, you guys will write that 18,000 booed. It’s the Silent Majority. Most people don’t want to boo. It’s always a small amount of people who do it, but a little bit of booing sounds like everyone is booing.”

“He gave a lot of great years in Calgary and I think the crowd there will appreciate that.”

For his part, Phaneuf continues to believe that his contributions to the Flames far out-weigh any venom that might come his way for his and the team’s shortcomings the past few seasons.

“I had some good years there and made a lot of friends,” Phaneuf said. “The trade was a long time ago. I’m extremely happy where I am.”


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