November 11, 2011
Cornell Red alert at ACC
By Bill Lankhof, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Blue and white will be the theme for Saturday’s game with all the former Leafs going into the Hockey Hall of Fame, but goalie Ben Scrivens will have the Big Red on his mind.
Cornell University alumnus Joe Nieuwendyk is being inducted, joining ex-Leaf president Ken Dryden as a Hall member, by way of the Ithaca, N.Y. school.
“So many great players went through there,” Scrivens said. “Being a goalie, for me that’s Brian Hayward and of course Ken. They get brought up in the same breath as me, or I should say I get brought up in the same breath as them, they’ve accomplished a lot more than me.”
Douglas Murray (San Jose) and Matt Moulson (Islanders) are other Cornell grads in the NHL, but on Saturday, Scrivens will be facing former Reds teammate Colin Greening of the Ottawa Senators.
“I know what to expect, he’s a battler,” Scrivens said.
SHARING WITH SWISS
During a scouting trip to Europe the past few days, general manager Brian Burke finalized a development agreement with the Zurich club team in the Swiss League.
Similar to that worked out last year with Adler Mannheim in Germany, it will see some prospects brought to the Leafs summer evaluation camp. Toronto will send a couple of Marlies and minor league coaches to Switzerland later in the summer when the European club teams begin training camp.
Mannheim head coach Harold Kreis has worked the Leafs, while Luca Caputi and Simon Gysbers attended training camp there. Leaf pro scout Rob Cowie and coach Derek King have visited, too.
Remembrance Day wasn’t just about the Canadians and Americans on the Maple Leafs.
During the ceremonies this week in Toronto and St Louis, Russian winger Nikolai Kulemin thought about the 6.75 million Russian war dead in the Second World War. His native country marks May 9 as Victory Day, when the war in Europe ended.
“They have big parades in Moscow, they bring old tanks, special cars, a lot of people from the Russian army and old veterans,” Kulemin said. “It’s a big day off for schoolchildren. I always call to my father and my grandfather, who was a soldier.”
Tim Connolly (upper body injury) worked out before the main Leaf group on Friday morning at the MasterCard Centre, joined by strength coach Anthony Belza and watched by a jealous Colby Armstrong (sprained ankle) ... The Leafs have been rescued from 30th place in NHL penallty killing by the Blue Jackets, 71.2% to the Leafs’ 72.6%, though Toronto has been a little better of late ... Toronto-born actor Will Arnett continues to promote the Leafs on his NBC show, Up All Night. After wearing a No. 93 Doug Gilmour T-shirt last week, he followed it up with a Wendel Clark tee.