Maple Leafs trim 12 players from training camp roster, including Liambas

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.

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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.