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Leafs get down to business as Marner hits ice for first time

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16.09.2019

SPORTSCENTRE Reporter

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The Maple Leafs practised at the Paradise Double Ice Complex in Paradise, NL on Sunday.

Mitch Marner received a big ovation upon taking the ice for the first time at Maple Leafs training camp. More than 1,000 fans crammed into a rink in the town of Paradise ("Our name says it all," reads the sign welcoming visitors) to see the man who racked up 94 points last season before signing a big, new contract on Friday night.

"You feel the love in this city," Marner said. "The fan base here is a lot bigger than I think all of us thought."

Despite missing the informal team skates in the run up to camp, Marner worked hard on conditioning in the summer and said he felt fine in a pair of practice sessions on Sunday. He was reunited with centre John Tavares during the workouts.

"Just trying to get the chemistry down again," he said, "try to get it back, it's been a while since we skated together so at these practices we really have to talk to each other get the chemistry going again."

Mitch Marner says it was great to get back onto the ice with his teammates and put the business side of things behind him. Kasperi Kapanen admits that there were a lot of smiles today with Marner back in the mix.

The dynamic duo have a new linemate as Kasperi Kapanen takes the place of Zach Hyman.

"He's got a lot of speed so, either one of us, when we don't have the puck I know we're going to try and find open space for each other," said Marner.

Hyman is working his way back from knee surgery and is expected to miss 14-15 games, according to head coach Mike Babcock.

"Obviously, I'll be the guy skating, getting the puck to them and standing in front of the net," said Kapanen, who potted 20 goals last season. "I'll let them do........

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