RED WINGS (25-27-11) at LEAFS (28-22-14)
7:30 pm (TSN4)
This has been a season of many milestones in this the 100 year anniversary for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tonight, another chapter in Leafs history happens as Joe Bowen (@bonsietweets) will be working his 3000th game as a Leaf broadcaster. Is there anything you can think of that you have done 3000 times? Ummmm……please disregard that last part . . .
Yesterday afternoon, I had the honour of speaking with Mr Bowen. I will start out by saying that the man had me in stitches immediately. It was a brief but fun conversation. Here are some outtakes . . .
So what does it mean for Bonsie to reach 3000 games?
“If you fool them long enough then you can make it to 3000 games. Do you remember George Costanza hiding under his desk? I’m that guy.”
Bowen did humbly concede that 3000 games is a milestone but said . . . .
“Considering a player that makes it to 1000 games, my accomplishment is nothing compared to the effort that NHL players put in everyday. When you see what they do, what I have done is easy.”
Anybody that has watched Bowen on TV or listened to him on the radio can appreciate his passion for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“I am a hockey fan. I still play every week. I play goal, it’s a bunch of us old guys whirling around the ice. I have a passion for the game like so many others across the country.”
Bonsie’s hockey history started out like many of us, listening to Foster Hewitt. It was obvious the respect Joe has for the broadcasting legends and tried to deflect any praise by pointing out that Hewitt was able to cover 1900 games back at a time when there was not as much hockey on the airwaves. Bowen intimated that from the beginning he wanted to cover hockey.
When asked if he had any plans on slowing down . . . .
“I can’t. The bank of Joe Bowen still has to make contributions to a college or university for my son. The only time I experienced retirement was during the lock out. I did not like it one bit and couldn’t wait to get back to hockey.”
Finally we talked about his own following . . .
“I am very appreciative that people enjoy what I do. Social media has been great and am honoured with all the support I have received. The fans help make it easier for me.”
So there you have it. Another chapter written in the long and storied history of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
3000 games. That is an accomplishment. You may make it look easy Joe but we at Leafs Nation appreciate everything you do for us.
On behalf of LeafsHub.com and Leafs Nation . . . . CONGRATULATIONS.
Here is something you have not heard in over a quarter century . . . Detroit is contending for the first overall pick in this June’s NHL entry draft.
Strange to hear but it is true. As of today, Detroit sits dead last in the Eastern Conference at 61 points and occupies 28th overall. Barring a collapse of several other teams, Detroit will not make the playoffs this year. The Wings currently share the same odds as Las Vegas in landing the first overall pick.
It’s not official yet but a rebuild of the organization is coming. In years past Detroit could get away with retooling from year to year but that is not the case now. The talent either has moved on, gotten older or is simply lacking.
This is not to say that the Leafs should take Detroit lightly tonight. The Leafs have endured their own struggles since the All-Star break.
The Leafs are also coming off five days rest. It’s like they had a second by-week. One of LeafsHub founders @JudeMac17 tweeted earlier today…
“Marner hasn’t played at home in awhile. After last game and with the pressure amping up I’m expecting we’ll see his best stretch of hockey.”
Given Marner’s hockey history of “amping up” as the seasons progressed, what Jude has to say is bang on and it should have a positive effect on the rest of the team.
The Leafs sit one point out of a playoff spot. If there was ever a time to get on a roll, tonight is probably the best place to start.
What do you think Leafs Nation? Discuss among yourselves.
Projected Line Combinations
Toronto Maple Leafs
Komarov — Kadri — Nylander
van Riemsdyk — Bozak — Marner
Hyman — Matthews — Brown
Martin — Boyle — Soshnikov
Gardiner — Marchenko
Hunwick — Polak
Detroit Red Wings
Nyquist — Zetterberg — Mantha
Tatar — Nielsen — Athanasiou
Abdelkader — Helm — Larkin
Glendening — Sheahan — Miller
Dekeyser — Jensen
Kronwall — Green
Ouellet — Sprool
Mike Babcock — 03/07/2017