What a night! Episode 3.2 of AFITC comes to you today after recording live at The Shamrock & Thistle on Tuesday evening during the Maple Leafs first preseason game against the Edmonton Oilers. We deviate from our regular format slightly making the show more interactive with patrons at The Shamrock & Thistle but still include our staple segments. In the Redline Report, we discuss a variety of news pertaining to Maple Leaf training camp including Paul Maurice’s vision for the season, early line combinations, and what to expect during the early part of the preseason. Our medical correspondent Poste joins us to discuss in depth the ailments of Boyd Deveraux and Anton Stralman, and why their situations must be taken very seriously in order to prevent them from easily becoming more severe. We also look further at the fifteen game suspension handed down to Mark Bell earlier last week and news out of Ottawa including the Senators potential interest in former Maple Leaf Jeff O’Neill, Mike Fisher’s new contract and what this contract means for them financially going forward.
On The Bubble includes listener email from Alan and Aaron. Those that we did not get to on today’s show will be featured on next week’s program. In the interest of brevity, we decided to pre-empt the Troubling Fact of the Week, but fear not those for whom this segment is their favourite; it will return next week on Episode 3.3! Rigamarole looks at how solid the ground is that John Ferguson Jr. is standing on when it comes to retaining his job as Maple Leaf general manager.
There’s the usual stuff, now comes the bonus material. We were lucky enough to be joined by former Maple Leaf Pat Graham for ten minutes or so as he dropped by our booth. We talked to Pat about his role with the 1983-1984 Leafs, the style of play today compared with the style he saw first hand during his playing days and the Mark Bell affair among other things. Pat also shared a few stories from back during his playing career; the result of one is still being felt in the NHL today. Being a former St. Michael’s Buzzer, Pat also discussed with us the quality of hockey in the OPJHL and the league’s ability to produce quality prospects as good as those developed in the CHL. Big thanks to Pat Graham for spending some time with us on Tuesday night!
We also walk around and chat with a few patrons at The Shamrock & Thistle to find out their opinions on a variety of topics including the expectations of this year’s Maple Leaf team. Thanks to some fabulous prizes that were donated for the event, we played some Maple Leaf trivia with the patrons at The Shamrock & Thistle and handed out several great prizes!
We would like to thank everybody who attended the event and helped make our first foray out of the studio relatively smooth and successful. Also, to Andre and the entire staff at The Shamrock & Thistle, thank you so much for making us feel so welcome and giving us this opportunity. It was certainly a great night for the show!