Leafs’ Blue vs. White game set for Saturday

MAPLE LEAFS ANNOUNCE BLUE VS. WHITE GAME PRESENTED BY CANADIAN TIRE TO BE HELD AT SCOTIABANK ARENA SATURDAY AND BROADCAST ON SPORTSNET AND TSN

As the team’s training camp continues this week in preparation for the start of the 2020-21 season, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced details for its Blue vs. White Game presented by Canadian Tire to be held at Scotiabank Arena at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 9th and broadcast on both Sportsnet and TSN.

The club’s roster will be divided into two teams for the game with the Team Blue and Team White rosters announced on Friday.

“We are thankful to have the approval of all government branches and health authorities to begin our season at Scotiabank Arena,” said Maple Leafs General Manager Kyle Dubas. “We understand that these are very challenging times for our health systems, local businesses and the community at large. Though we will not be permitted to host fans at our games, we wanted to be able to include our fans in every way that we can, including our training camp festivities and the Blue vs White Game on Saturday night.”

The game’s broadcast will be produced by the Toronto Maple Leafs and MLSE and will include talent familiar to Maple Leaf and hockey fans including Joe Bowen as play by play announcer; two-time gold medalist and professional player Cheryl Pounder with colour commentary; Toronto Marlies play by play announcer Todd Crocker between the benches; Maple Leaf alumni Bob McGill as a rinkside analyst; Maple Leaf in-arena hosts Danielle Emanuele and Scott Willats as pre-game and intermission panel hosts and special panel guest Jayna Hefford, one of Canada’s most decorated Olympians and Chairperson of the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association.

The Maple Leafs will open their regular season schedule on Wednesday, January 13 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto when they take on the Montreal Canadiens.

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Joel Embiid scored 38 points, and the NBA-leading Philadelphia 76ers won, 141-136.

Bradley Beal scores 60 in Wizards’ loss to 76ers (video) — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

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“They pay me to take over the game, and they pay me to dominate,” Embiid said.

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