September 18, 2010 Leave a comment
Things are already heating up at the Toronto Maple Leafs training camp.
After watching teammate Carl Gunnarson get hit from behind by tough guy Jay Rosehill on Saturday, Michael Liambas decided it was time to take matters into his own hands, by dropping the gloves with Rosehill. According to the Canadian Press, the fight lasted about 15 seconds while teammates gathered around to watch the spirited tilt.
“Nobody got hurt and it showed that we’re pretty intense in practice,” coach Ron Wilson said. “For some guys they have to do it in a scrimmage because they’re not going to get into exhibition games.”
This coming after Wilson told his players not to fight at training camp.
After being invited by the Maple Leafs to the team’s rookie tournament last week, Liambas was a late addition to the team’s training camp. According to Wilson, “he’s a very long shot.”
“He’s done everything we’ve asked him, he pays attention, he works in practice and he’s been physical without going over the top,” Wilson added.
If Liambas doesn’t make the Maple Leafs, there is still a possibility that he could play for the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, also located in Toronto.
“There’s some options, yeah,” said Liambis. “We’ll see what happens. I’m not trying to think about any of that stuff right now. I’m here, I’m in the moment and I’m going to do as best as I can.”
The 21-year-old Liambas was suspended by the Ontario Hockey League for the remainder of the 2009-2010 season last October, after leaving Kitchener Rangers defenceman Ben Fanelli lying on the ice with a fractured skull.
Liambas played in 124 regular season games in the OHL before his junior career ended. In those 124 games, he scored just five goals and eight assists, while tallying 357 penalty minutes. He was never drafted by an NHL team.
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