Originally posted on The Hockey Guys  |  Last updated 7/12/12
(Peter J. Thompson/National Post) By Tony Ambrogio (@SNTonyAmbrogio) He stood in the middle of the dressing room on a hot July day, and James van Riemsdyk must have wondered what he was getting himself into it. In came eight television cameras, countless microphones and note pads as the Toronto media anxiously filed into the room, to hear from the Toronto Maple Leafs forward, who just moments earlier stepped off the ice of a hockey school run by the team. “It’s a little different,” said van Riemsdyk as he looked around the large media gathering. “Obviously is it still July but you sense the excitement over hockey here.” That you do. In his first face to face meeting with the Toronto media, van Riemsdyk seemed calm, poised and ready to handle the pressure of playing in the so-called “capital of the hockey universe.” He also seemed quite open to playing center, a position Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said he would like to see the 23 year-old play in training camp. ...
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