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Leonard, Raptors to open season Oct. 17

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The Raptors will open their season on Oct. 17 at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers as Kawhi Leonard plays his first regular season game with Toronto. It marks the ninth time in the last 10 seasons the Raptors will begin the season at home.

They will host the Boston Celtics two days later and then visit the Wizards in D.C. the next day. They will close out the season on April 9 against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

DeMar DeRozan makes his return to Toronto on Feb. 22 when the Spurs come to town, while Leonard will get his homecoming more than a month earlier as Toronto visits San Antonio on Jan. 3. Both games will air on national television south of the border.

Toronto will get their first look at LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 4. LeBron will visit Toronto on March 14. 

Former Raptors head coach Dwane Casey gets his homecoming on Nov. 14, while Toronto will head to the Motor City on March 3. Raptor fans will get their one-and-only chance to see the defending-champion Golden State Warriors at Scotiabank Arena on Nov. 29.

They will get 15 American nationally televised games and 12 back-to-backs, two fewer than last year’s 14.

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Hometown Hockey to visit Burlington Oct. 27-28

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Rogers Hometown Hockey is coming to Burlington.

The hockey festival hosted by Ron MacLean and Tara Slone on Sportsnet will be making its stop in the city Oct. 27-28. The free two-day celebration of hockey will feature two days of live entertainment, NHL alumni, local celebrities and hockey-themed activities. The weekend activities wraps up with an outdoor viewing party of the NHL game between the Ottawa Senators and the Vegas Golden Knights.

“We are thrilled to host Rogers Hometown Hockey in Burlington,” said Mayor Rick Goldring. “It’s not every day we get to showcase our beautiful city to the rest of Canada.”

Now in its fifth season, Hometown Hockey features the community it visits during its Sunday NHL broadcast on Sportsnet ONE and Sportsnet 360, highlighting local culture, hockey history and unique stories.

Hometown Hockey will visit in the midst of the Gift of Giving Back food drive. The largest food drive in Canada was started by Burlington Eagles hockey teams and has since expanded to include numerous sports, community and school groups in three cities. It has collected more than 575,000 pounds of food in each of the last two years and more than 2.6-million pounds since it began in 2005.

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Hometown Hockey tour to launch from Strathcona County

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Strathcona County will host the first Alberta stop in next year's Hometown Hockey festival that will culminate in an outdoor viewing party of the game between Edmonton Oilers and the Anaheim Ducks.


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Strathcona County will host the first Alberta stop in next year’s Hometown Hockey festival that will culminate in an outdoor viewing party of the game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Anaheim Ducks.

Running from Jan. 5 to Jan. 6, the festival will include NHL alumni, local celebrities, entertainment and hockey-themed activities for all ages.

The on-location shoot hosted by Ron MacLean and Tara Sloane will also include a pre-game, intermission and post-game show from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio that will shine a “spotlight on Strathcona County’s unique community, strong hockey history and personal local hockey stories.”

“Hockey is something our entire community can gather around – whether you are player, coach or a die-hard fan,” Mayor Rod Frank said in a statement following Tuesday’s official announcement.

“Hockey is a way of life in Strathcona County. With nearly 40 indoor and outdoor ice surfaces in our community, we have many hockey highlight moments, from first skates all the way up to the NHL.”

Beginning in October, Hometown Hockey will visit 25 communities throughout Canada. The Alberta tour will also visit Leduc from Feb. 2-3, Okotoks from Feb. 23-24, Lethbridge from March 16-17 and Enoch Cree Nation from March 23-24.

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Matthews would welcome C, 'but I don't think it really changes much'

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Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews was seemingly pegged for the team’s captaincy through the first two seasons of his career.

Now, however, with John Tavares in the fold, the future of the ‘C’ in Toronto is unclear. While Matthews said he’d tell the team he can handle the role if asked, he doesn’t put much stock in the meaning of the letter.

“Yeah, I would tell them yeah. I’d tell them I’d feel ready,” Matthews told The Athletic. “I don’t know what they’re thinking about doing, what they want to do. Obviously John has been the captain in New York for a while. So I don’t know what they’re thinking or what their whole ideal situation is for that. But I don’t think it really changes much, whether you have a letter or not, for myself or anybody. I go lead by example, on the ice, off the ice, and being a good teammate is a big part of that, too.”

Matthews said becoming a captain has never been a priority of his. In fact, wearing the ‘C’ would be relatively unchartered territory for him.

“I’ve never really thought about it, honestly,” Matthews said. “When I played I was always the younger guy on the team so I was never a captain. I was an assistant captain at the (USA Hockey National Team Development) program. Playing in Europe obviously (I was) a young guy. It’s something I’ve never really thought about too much.

“But obviously you come into a situation like this and it’s something that if it happens then you definitely embrace it and accept it, and if doesn’t you go about your business and your thing the same way.”

As for Tavares, Matthews said he spoke to the former New York Islanders star during the courting process and did his best to sell him on the city. The 20-year-old said any rumours of him being unhappy with Tavares’ decision were completely false and spoke on the moment he got the call from general manager Kyle Dubas.

“I was at home. Actually, I was sleeping and Dubas called me and kind of woke me up,” Matthews said of July 1. “I got up and I was trying to make it seem like I’d been up for like three hours. He just called me and told me we signed John and obviously I was ecstatic. I honestly couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know what was going on, what was going to happen. I knew they were happy about the presentation to him (during the interview period) and everything. Once they signed him and they said they were going to announce it in a couple hours I was ecstatic. I called my Dad.

“I think the whole city of Toronto pretty much erupted. Pretty special.”

Matthews said he hadn’t thought of how Tavares would impact the team’s lines, but that he was simply to have him in the fold.

“Not really. We wanted him — I wanted him,” Matthews said. “You got a guy like that, a top-10 player in the world, and you add him to this team that is already so dominant up front with our forward group. It just makes us that much better. I think everybody is ecstatic to have him.”

Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said after Tavares signed that the newly acquired centre will start the season with Mitch Marner and former Matthews’ linemate Zach Hyman. Matthews, meanwhile, is expected to form a line with William Nylander and Patrick Marleau.

As for any rift with Babcock, Matthews said that was just another story blown out of proportion under the Toronto microscope.

“Yeah, there was nothing more than that,” Matthews explained of Babcock meeting with him in Arizona after the playoffs. “Obviously coaches, players, they’re not going to agree on everything and I think that was the case. And I think it’s just blowing up because it’s Toronto. I think it would’ve been a little better if it was kept hush-hush, but obviously it didn’t and it just blew (up) into another, I guess, pointless story that people looked too much into. But that’s all it was.

“It was just a discussion to make sure we’re all on the same page and we move forward.”

Matthews, who missed 20 games last season due to injury, topped the 30-goal mark in each of his first two seasons, while posting 29 assists both years. He told The Athletic he will continue to be a shoot-first forward, but believes he can find room to improve on the power play this season.

The Maple Leafs will open their season on October 3 against the Montreal Canadiens.

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