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Antropov Gives Up Digits

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
TORONTO (CP) - Owen Nolan will probably wear his familiar No. 11 with the Toronto Maple Leafs, thanks to new teammate Nik Antropov.

Antropov switched to No. 80, the year he was born, when the Leafs took to the ice for practice Friday. Nolan had No. 11.

"I don't know if I'm going to accept it yet,'' Nolan said after practice. "I don't want him to feel like he's pressured into doing something. I want to make sure it's 100 per cent OK with him. If it is, I'll be more than happy to accept.''

Antropov had already moved on.

"We had a conversation before practice. I asked him if he wanted my number and he said he would if I didn't mind,'' Antropov said. "So I gave it to him.''

The minor hockey association in Nolan's home town of Thorold, Ont., retired the No. 11 a few years ago in honour Nolan.

Nolan is scheduled to make his debut for Toronto on Saturday night at home against Vancouver.
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