Mark Clairmont | MuskokaTODAY.com
GRAVENHURST — Maple Leafs players offered their support today for Canadiens goalie Carey Price.
The Toronto NHLers who wrapped up a three-day mini camp at the Graeme Murray arena this afternoon all offered the Habs great their best, including Mitch Marner and Jason Spezza who spoke briefly with the media after getting off the ice at 2 p.m. following their final skate.
“He’s one of the best in the game,” said Marner in wishing him well as Price took a health leave from the team after the Leafs game against them Tuesday.
Marner, who owns a cottage in Muskoka, is no stranger to Gravenhurst.
Nor is Spezza, whose wife is from Huntsville, and who said he spends “a lot of time” here.
The Leafs also got in some golf — at Muskoka Bay — and a cruise on the Wenonah II during a regular bonding trip before their season home opener next Wednesday against Montreal.
The last time the Leafs camped in Gravenhurst was when Mats Sundin was captain and Pat Quinn the coach.
Among those skating was new U.S. Olympian Austin Matthews, who Marner and Spezza agreed their injured star looked in good out there.
But coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters Matthews “definitely” won’t be in the line-up tomorrow night in Toronto to the Ottawa Senators.
Keefe also took “about 15 minutes” to chat with Muskoka Shield team members and management, said local assistant GM Roy French.
As the Leafs left town headed for Toronto, the local Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League (GMHL) team was headed to Ville Marie, Quebec, for their 8 p.m. season opener, a more than three-and-a-half hour drive.
They’ll be back home after midnight for their home opener is tomorrow night in Gravenhurst at 7:30 p.m., where a limit of 150 spectators will be allowed to watch them play New Tecumseth.
The Leafs looked good engaging in fast-paced rushes up and down the ice at the Graeme Murray Arena in Gravenhurst Friday.
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