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Badgers' Earl leaving early to join Maple Leafs

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin junior forward Robbie Earl said
Friday he is leaving school early to join the Toronto Maple Leafs
organization.
Earl, who was Most Outstanding Player of the Frozen Four after
leading the Badgers to the national championship, was selected by
the Maple Leafs in the sixth round of the 2004 draft.
Earl wanted to join his new team, a Toronto minor league
affiliate, as soon as possible to better position himself for next
season.
"I think that's huge, going into a situation where you're
fighting for spots," Earl said.
Earl scored three goals in two Frozen Four games last weekend,
including the game-tying goal in Wisconsin's 2-1 victory over
Boston College on April 8.