TORONTO – The Toronto Maple Leafs reduced their training camp roster by 12 players on Thursday, cutting Michael Liambas from his tryout as part of the moves.
The 21-year-old forward is trying to move forward with his career after being banished from the Ontario Hockey League a year ago for his hit on Kitchener Rangers defenceman Ben Fanelli.
Liambas participated in the Leafs rookie tournament on a tryout and earned a late invitation to the main training camp. He didn’t skate in either of the team’s first two exhibition games.
Four players released by the Leafs on Thursday are heading back to junior teams: Jamie Devane (Plymouth), Josh Nicholls (Saskatoon), Ken Ryan (Windsor) and Barron Smith (Peterborough).
Seven others will report to the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies: forwards Richard Greenop, Justin Hodgman, Dale Mitchell and Mikhail Stefanovich; defenceman Josh Engel and Drew Paris; and goaltender Andrew Engelage.
The Leafs have 52 players remaining in training camp. Coach Ron Wilson is hoping to cut that number in half by Sunday.