Lance Hornby, Toronto Sun

Lance Hornby has covered the Maple Leafs and the National Hockey League as a Toronto Sun beat writer and columnist going on 25 years. An avid historian and member of the Society for International Hockey Research, he has written, co-authored or edited six books, including the Story of Maple Leaf Gardens and Hockey's Greatest Moments. He has appeared on Sportsnet, TSN, CBC,and LeafsTV. Lance lives in Toronto-Riverdale.


Auston Matthews during Leafs training camp at the Gale Centre in Niagara Falls on Sunday September 17, 2017. Dave Abel/Toronto Sun

Maple Leafs weigh in on anthem furor

Auston Matthews says while American athletes have the right to protest during the U.S. national anthem, he will not be taking a knee along with them.

Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates with family after winning the Calder Memorial Trophy during the 2017 NHL Awards and Expansion Draft at T-Mobile Arena on June 21, 2017. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Maple Leafs' Matthews wins Calder Trophy

From No. 1 pick through his rookie of the year selection, Auston Matthews has had a season that he and win-starved Maple Leaf fans will remember.

Taking a spin on the ferris wheel at Vienna's Prater Park is a favourite pastime for locals and visitors alike. MAXUM/VIENNA TOURISM PHOTO

Vienna on a bike

Awaking to the chimes of Stephansdom, fuelled by a rooftop breakfast in sight of the cathedral's spire, it was the ideal day to cycle through history.

Dublin�s River Liffey at night. LANCE HORNBY/TORONTO SUN

Eclectic mix of things to see and do in Dublin

The most popular residents of the National Museum of Ireland aren't very talkative, never get up to greet the public and aren't fussy about their ragged clothing.

County Galway's rugged Connemara region contains some of the most unspoiled landscapes in Ireland. LANCE HORNBY/TORONTO SUN

Ireland's wild, wonderful west

"No tree to hang a man, nor water to drown him, nor soil to bury him," complained one of Oliver Cromwell's men who came to The Burren four centuries ago

Visitors to Inishmore can see ancient graves of saints and modern day graves of islanders at the ruins of the Seven Churches. LANCE HORNBY/TORONTO SUN

Enchanting isle: Inishmore's untamed beauty

It's rush hour on the Aran Islands, our mini-bus, a horse cart, two pedal bikes and the cause of delay -- a white pony leaning over a limestone wall seeking handouts.

Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters and Mitchel Marner of the London Knights jostle at the end of practice before the CHL/NHL Top Prospects game on Jan 22. 2015 at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ont. (Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard)

Top-five prospect Strome learning how to charm media

Of the four teen hockey sensations thrown into a giant scouting combine scrum on Friday, Dylan Strome was best able to charm the media like Ringo Starr when the Beatles first set foot in America.