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Leafs hit the ice at Central Park

Dec 4, 2011, 8:43 PM EDT

Dion Phaneuf AP

The Toronto Maple Leafs practiced outdoors in Central Park today, and by the looks of it, the weather was pretty cold.

Guaranteed Phil Kessel wore a scarf.

Why the outdoor practice? Well, the Leafs are in New York to play the Rangers tomorrow, and with their dads along for the trip, coach Ron Wilson thought it would be fun to skate at the park’s famous rink.

“This seemed to be a much more romantic place to come and get back to your roots,” Wilson said, as per the Toronto Star. “Most of our guys, somewhere along the line, played hockey outdoors. This is a great opportunity.”

Not sure how the Leafs felt about their coach calling practice romantic, but they seemed to enjoy the experience.

“It’s awesome,” said defenseman Keith Aulie. “It’s something people don’t get the opportunity to do. And for our dads to have a glimpse of what we do is pretty amazing.”

As Colton Orr discovered, another nice thing about having your dad along for the trip is not having to tie your own skates.

Then Orr went on the ice, didn’t fall once and asked his dad if he saw it.

  1. nhlbruins90 - Dec 4, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    If you ever get to Boston, by all means, go for a skate at the Frog Pond on the Common.

    I can’t understand why the B’s don’t replicate that experience in front of the TD Garden. That ugly asphalt parking lot is a waste.

    • petriskriko - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:50 AM

      Ugliest building in the NHL. Except for all the banners inside. Those look OK. The outside is brutal though.

      • nhlbruins90 - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:58 AM

        Ugly indeed. A nondescript rectangular box with the cheapest looking exterior surface and a front yard that looks like an abandoned lot. Very nice inside though. I believe an office-hotel tower was originally planned in the lot, until the economy went bust.

        Seems like the ‘outdoor rink experience’ would be a retail bonanza for them. It draws a crowd, and not only on game days. In fact, I heard that Patriot Place (next to Gillette Stadium) has outdoor skating now.

  2. east96st - Dec 5, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    “nobody mugged”

    Jason, you need to get out of the basement more often. NYC is the safest large city in America and has been for some time. And Central Park is the safest police precinct in all of NYC. But, hey, don’t let silly facts like FBI crime statistics get in the way of the killer standup material you are working on.

    • petriskriko - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:31 AM

      Hey, he said nobody was mugged.

  3. Jason Brough - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:04 AM

    I get all my crime statistics from the “Death Wish” series, and let me tell you, it doesn’t look good for NYC.

    • petriskriko - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:45 AM

      I get all mine from The Warriors.

      • east96st - Dec 5, 2011 at 9:39 AM

        petris – In the real 1979 NYC, the Warriors never would have made it back to Coney Island. Especially, since they kept going back uptown everytime they got close to crossing over to Brooklyn. How many times does someone need to try to kill you before you figure out it’s best that you leave?

    • east96st - Dec 5, 2011 at 9:27 AM

      Jason – Be honest. You’re not really allowed to watch “Death Wish”. You’re basing it all on the “Home Alone” series, aren’t you?

      • Jason Brough - Dec 5, 2011 at 11:29 AM


  4. east96st - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    I tip my hat to you Jason for having a great sense of humor. Good to see the success of the blog doesn’t stop you from having a little fun with the readers.

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