Friday, October 8, 2010

Game Day : An Original Six Rivalry

With the NHL season getting underway yesterday, I thought it would be fun to take in the activities and soak up the atmosphere of the first game day (Montreal vs. Toronto, Thursday October 7th, 2010) for 2010-11.

AIR CANADA CENTRE - 10:30AM

One of the great traditions in hockey is the morning skate. On Thursday morning an assortment of media members, former players, league executives and club officials dropped by the ACC to watch the players prepare for their upcoming game.


 
HNIC play by play announcer, Bob Cole
 
Fresh off The Battle of the Blades, Russ Courtnall

NHL VP, Mike Murphy

Maple Leafs VP of Hockey Operations, Dave Poulin

Stanley Cup champion 2006-07, Brad May

Colour commentator, Greg Millen

Colour commentator, Glenn Healy

Leaf  defenceman Carl Gunnarsson departing from the ACC

Montreal defenceman Andrei Markov signs some autographs
 
Assistant coaches Kirk Muller (Mtl) and Rob Zettler (Tor) have a chat
 NHL FACE-OFF 2010 - 2:OOPM

The NHL celebrated opening day with a party at Dundas Square in the heart of downtown Toronto.


The official logo for NHL Face-off 2010

Jim McKenney, Darryl Sittler and Walter Gretzky participate in Q & A session
 
NHL Network commentator, Larry Murphy
MAPLE LEAF SQUARE - 4:00PM     
Tucked nicely behind the Air Canada Centre, the grand opening for Maple Leaf Square took place the previous day. The first official event was held on game day with the Leafs Nation tailgate party.


Peter Puck

Alumni ball hockey game, Jack Valiquette

Alumni ball hockey game, Mark Osborne

Alumni ball hockey game, Pat Boutette

Alumni ball hockey game, Gary Leeman
 
Yes, no more pre-season scrimmages. The games finally have a meaning. Hard earned points being the goal in 30 NHL cities. It all starts with game day number one and comes to a conclusion with the Stanley Cup final.

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