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|
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|
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.
|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.