The Toronto Sun is reporting that the Toronto Maple Leafs are on their way to Muskoka to take part in team bonding and practices this week at the Gravenhurst Centennial Centre.
Following the Leafs pre-season match-up last against the Montreal Canadiens, The Sun reported that the Leafs will head to Gravenhurst on Wednesday for a three-day work retreat.
As per The Sun:
“The Leafs for the last number of years through camps have gone away for the early portion, and we didn’t do that this season,” coach Sheldon Keefe said. “But there was an opportunity with this gap we have after (Tuesday’s) game, leading up to Saturday’s game, where it was a chance for us to get away.
“I think it’s important for a lot of reasons. We have a number of new players, so a chance to bring them to a different environment where they are together is a chance for them to grow as a team. We’re going to get some good work in while we’re there, off the ice and on the ice.
“It’s nice to get a change of scenery and skate in a different rink.”
This isn’t the Leafs’ first foray into Muskoka for pre-season practices and team bonding. In early October of 2009 the Leafs took to the Jack Bionda Arena in Huntsville just prior to the start of the regular season.
Earlier this summer, it was also reported that Leafs’ captain John Tavares invited members of the team living in the Toronto area to stay at his Muskoka cottage where they could train and take some time to relax before the season got underway.
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