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A graphic designer and production artist by trade, Mark is a long-time hockey fan. He was a Maple Leafs contributor to TheHockeyWriters.com for over 2 years, and has written for other websites. You can follow him on Twitter @MarkAscione

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Recent Articles by Mark

Doug Gilmour, rocking out back in '93

Maple Leaf Mad Men: The Best Toronto Pitchmen

Looking back at some of the greatest pitchmen who’ve played for the Maple Leafs.

by · May 23, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Toronto Maple Leafs
Jake Gardiner has been providing a great offensive boost for the Toronto Maple Leafs lately. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Bruins Winning But Not Beating Leafs

The Boston Bruins lead their 2013 Stanley Cup First Round Playoff best-of-7 series against the Toronto Maple Leafs by a 3 to 2 count. And it would certainly make sense […]

by · May 12, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Toronto Maple Leafs, Uncategorized
The extent of Phil Kessel's discomfort during Wednesday's practice remains to be seen (Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE)

Maple Leafs Panel: Playoffs At Last!

Maple Leafs Panel is a weekly feature that is published throughout the season here at The Hockey Writers. THW Toronto Maple Leafs correspondents Lukas Hardonk, Mark Ascione and Raihan Hussain provide insight and analysis on […]

by · April 30, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Toronto Maple Leafs, Uncategorized
So, Your Maple Leafs Made The Playoffs, Eh?

So, Your Maple Leafs Made The Playoffs, Eh?

So, your Toronto Maple Leafs have qualified for the playoffs again, eh? First time since 2004. There’s a palpable excitement in Toronto as the city’s hockey heroes have finally made […]

by · April 30, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Toronto Maple Leafs
From Firewagon Hockey by Mike Leonetti (Mark Ascione)

Firewagon Hockey: The Game in the Eighties – Review

Firewagon Hockey: The Game in the Eighties. By Mike Leonetti. (2004, Toronto: Firefly Books. Paperback. Pp. 224. $24.95. ISBN 978-1-5529-7911-2) The term ‘fire-wagon hockey’ was coined in the 1950s, but […]

by · April 26, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Hockey Books
(Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club)

Toronto Trade Deadline: Did Dave Nonis Do Enough?

The Toronto Maple Leafs found themselves in an unfamiliar position – a fairly secure playoff spot at the NHL trade deadline, Dave Nonis’ first as the team’s general manager.

As April 3 came to a close the Leafs had made one deal, acquiring Ryan O’Byrne from Colorado. The move to acquire a veteran goalie never materialized, as Miikka Kiprusoff decided against leaving Calgary, and no one was able to pry Roberto Luongo from the Canucks. Now the race is on to qualify for the post-season for the first time since the spring of 2004.

by · April 5, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Toronto Maple Leafs, Trades Contracts and Transactions
(Photo: Andy Martin Jr)

Fighting in Hockey – A Fan’s Struggle

Twenty-six seconds into a game between Ottawa and Toronto, a hockey fight occurred (warning, this video may disturb some viewers). I’ve been watching hockey for close to 40 years. Growing […]

by · March 11, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · News/Commentary
Maple Leafs youngster Matt Frattin is off to a hot start (Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE)

Maple Leafs Panel: Playoff Chances, Trade Deadline and Mike Brown

Maple Leafs Panel is a weekly feature that is published every Monday throughout the season here at The Hockey Writers. It’s a feature where THW Editor Lukas Hardonk as well as THW Toronto Maple Leafs correspondents Mark Ascione and Stephen Stoneman answer […]

by · March 11, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Toronto Maple Leafs
(Mark Ascione)

Wayne Gretzky – 99: My Life in Pictures

99 : My Life in Pictures, by Wayne Gretzky. Foreword by John Davidson. Edited by Dan Diamond. (1999, Toronto: Total Sports. Hardcover. 240 pages. ISBN 978-1-8921-2919-2) On April 19, 14 […]

by · February 27, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Edmonton Oilers, Hockey Books, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, St Louis Blues
The extent of Phil Kessel's discomfort during Wednesday's practice remains to be seen (Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE)

Maple Leafs: Trading Phil Kessel Not The Best Move

It shouldn’t be a surprise there’s interest in Phil Kessel. He’s led the Leafs each season he’s been with Toronto in both goals and points.

by · February 18, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · NHL Rumors, Toronto Maple Leafs
There are better options for the Maple Leafs than Roberto Luongo when it comes to acquiring a goaltender (Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Leafs & Luongo: No Deal is the Best Option

I was a proponent of the Leafs trading for Roberto Luongo. He may not be the greatest goalie in the league, sure. But, I was around to watch the tandem […]

by · January 27, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · NHL Rumors, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks
Reviewing ‘Diary of a Dynasty 1957-1967′ by Kevin Shea

Reviewing ‘Diary of a Dynasty 1957-1967′ by Kevin Shea

Now 45 years removed from the last Stanley Cup victory, the Toronto Maple Leafs struggle to approach the glory the team once had. The dynastic Leaf team of the 1960s has reached something of a mythic status.

by · January 21, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Hockey Books, Toronto Maple Leafs