Maple Leafs Name Eakin Director of Communications and Game-Day Operations

by Damon Topolie

TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leaf Baseball Club announced today that Ryan Eakin has been named director of communications and game-day operations.

Eakin, 23, is no stranger to the Intercounty Baseball League, as from 2013 to 2019, he was the lead writer for the Barrie Baycats, chronicling the team's dynasty of six straight championships.

From there, the Barrie, Ontario native was named the Baycats' media director in the summer of 2020 before leaving the team in the summer of 2021 for the Maple Leafs.

Eakin, who attends the College of Sports Media in downtown Toronto, covered the Maple Leafs' championship finals run this past fall through game recaps and podcasts and will now be in charge of putting together newly-created media and game day departments for the Leafs' 2022 season.

The Maple Leafs new communications and game-day operations director said he is ecstatic to officially join the team in a formal role.

"First off, I want to thank Maple Leafs manager Damon Topolie, not only for this promotion, but for the belief and confidence he has in me and has had in me since I joined this great and historic organization. 

"After assessing where this team can and needs to improve, I know there is a lot of work to be done, but with the confidence that I have in myself, the connections that I have, and the resources that have already been provided to me by this organization, I am confident that I will be able to build the best and deepest media team in the IBL, which will translate to having the best media content in the entire league."

Said Topolie of promoting Eakin.

"Bringing on Ryan is a huge asset to the organization in a department that we haven't really developed. This is something the organization has wanted to do for a long time when it comes to increasing our social media presence and being a bit more modern on the communication side of things. I'm so thankful that Ryan has accepted this role as he is a really hard worker. This is a huge day for our organization as this is definitely a direction that we needed to move in."

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