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Maple Leafs do aerobic skating drills in first practice after Ottawa shooting

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:02:04 +0000

Nikko Villanueva - 4E Sports Contributor

Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) - The Toronto Maple Leafs had an aerobic skate finishing their first practice after the Ottawa shooting Thursday to condition their bodies for their upcoming game against the Boston Bruins Saturday.

The Leafs last played Tuesday in a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders.

"Today was a work day and more specifically with what happened — (Wednesday) we didn't skate — we hadn't actually done an aerobic skate yet this year," coach Randy Carlyle told the Toronto Sun.

"I don't know if (the players) were too happy about it but that's just the way it goes," he added.

Carlyle hopes the routine will help his players when they face the Bruins.

Meanwhile, Carlyle and a number of Leafs players shared their experience with the shooting incident that happened in Ottawa that killed 24-year-old Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

A number of Leafs players were able to see it through their hotel windows and the news.

"It's scary because the guy was what? 24-years-old? That's how old I am. It definitely puts things into perspective and certainly way too young to go," center Nazem Kadri stated.

"It keeps everything in perspective. There are definitely things more important than hockey," Left wing James van Riemsdyk said.

Carlyle was at the Rideau Centre when the shooting occurred.

"How traumatic it was and how close it was — I guess it made us all aware we're all venerable in these situations," he stated.

Canadian native forward Joffrey Lupul was not expecting something like that to happen.

"As a Canadian it's something that you don't expect to happen," Lupul stated.

"Hopefully be able to do something special on that night to honour some of the heroes from (Wednesday)," he added.

The Leafs were supposed to face the Senators but the game was moved on November 9 due to the shooting.

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