Lance Hornby, Toronto Sun

Lance Hornby has covered the Maple Leafs and the National Hockey League as a Toronto Sun beat writer and columnist going on 25 years. An avid historian and member of the Society for International Hockey Research, he has written, co-authored or edited six books, including the Story of Maple Leaf Gardens and Hockey's Greatest Moments. He has appeared on Sportsnet, TSN, CBC,and LeafsTV. Lance lives in Toronto-Riverdale.


Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters and Mitchel Marner of the London Knights jostle at the end of practice before the CHL/NHL Top Prospects game on Jan 22. 2015 at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ont. (Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard)

Top-five prospect Strome learning how to charm media

Of the four teen hockey sensations thrown into a giant scouting combine scrum on Friday, Dylan Strome was best able to charm the media like Ringo Starr when the Beatles first set foot in America.

The Bruins fired general manager Peter Chiarelli on Wednesday, days after the team missed the playoffs on the final day of the season. (Tony Caldwell/Postmedia Network/Files)

Bruins fire GM Peter Chiarelli

Hundreds of miles from the Air Canada Centre, the Boston Bruins made an announcement that could impact Brendan Shanahan’s search for the ideal man to lead the Maple Leafs from the playoff wilderness.

Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan speaks to the media at his year-end press conference at the Air Canada Centre on Monday. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)

Shanny has plan, but Leafs must 'stick to it'

Now that Brendan Shanahan has everyone’s attention — having dramatically cleared office space throughout the Air Canada Centre — the Maple Leafs rebuild can truly begin.

Joe Thornton gets airborne as the Toronto Maple Leafs play the San Jose Sharks at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Thursday March 19, 2015. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun)

Sharks tear through Leafs defence

The Maple Leafs may have been officially eliminated from the post season earlier this week, but Thursday night’s opponent has reached desperation time.

Leafs winger Phil Kessel. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)

Kessel reaffirms desire to stay with Leafs

Readying to play his team’s greatest rival and three days before the NHL trade deadline that carries so much intrigue about him, Phil Kessel re- affirmed he wants to stay in Toronto.