This has been a tough start to the year for the Leafs, both as a team and for a lot of individual players. It doesn’t really have to do with where they are in the standings, or with how they’re doing in the boxscores. But they’re taking a beating from all angles about not looking as dominant as we all hoped they’d be.
But, you know, hockey’s a sport. A game. And the players are human beings, who are capable of being monumentally stupid... but they can also be alright sometimes.
On Saturday night, this tweet started a firestorm:
My son Kade had his 11th birthday party last night. None of his invited friends came. That hurt. I’m asking my Twitter friends to show him some love today. If you have a minute, please send him a birthday wish. @Marner93 @91Tavares @MapleLeafs #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/kn0vP1l6z8— Jason Foster (@NLWildlife) November 3, 2019
It’s a sad story, one many people can empathize with. What started as a crappy birthday ended being pretty amazing, as current Toronto Maple Leafs players all chimed in to wish him a happy birthday... Zach Hyman, John Tavares, Mitch Marner, and Auston Matthews.
Happy birthday Kade!— Zach Hyman (@ZachHyman) November 3, 2019
Then a former Toronto Maple Leafs legend, Mr Doug Gilmour, offered his support.
Let’s wish Kade a very special HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! https://t.co/WQskGniojc— Doug Gilmour (@DougGilmour93) November 4, 2019
On the Rogers Hometown Hockey broadcast on Sunday, they gave him a special shoutout.
Leafs fans were swarming over each other to make their own offer of goodwill:
I’m a season seat holder for the @MapleLeafs if you guys will be in the Toronto area let me know and I’ll hook you guys up with tickets to a game as a birthday present for Kade. Know all too well what it’s like to have your friends let you down. Leafs nation has your back.— Matt Foxall (@MattFoxall) November 3, 2019
Then things broke the hockey barrier when Luke freaking Skywalker wished him a happy birthday.
Wishing Kade the happiest of birthdays!— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 3, 2019
Your pal, Mar pic.twitter.com/86tZwfP0qB
There were so many tweets from other players, media people and pop culture stars I won’t show all the tweets, but here is a list of others who also wished him a happy birthday:
* Alyssa Milano
* Lance McCullers, a pitcher with Houston Astros who offered to drop off a belated birthday when he next comes to Toronto
* Ben Stiller
* Will Arnett
* Tom Cochrane
* Former NFLer Ryan Harris
* Morgan Fairchild
People can be alright. Sometimes.
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Leafs prospect Nick Robertson is tied for the OHL lead in goals scored with 19 after a two goal performance on Sunday. Here’s the second goal:
Note: he has played fewer games than the co-leader. Unfortunately, he has one more PP goal and that means he sucks shit and we should all shame him.
Hey, speaking of, it is important to remind our children that this is what happens to you when you fail out of clown college. You get dunked on, routinely.
I appreciate your opinion please give us the amount of times in the 01-02 season Mats and I combined for a goal as well as the 03-04 season both being 20 goal plus years. The number might give you some perspective. Everyone contributed to those great teams. Have a nice night https://t.co/pjfumsaeuj— Darcy Tucker (@16DarcyTucker) November 4, 2019
AROUND THE NHL
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Milan Lucic of the Calgary Flames got suspended two games for this incident:
Kole Sherwood gets dropped by Milan Lucic after jabbing at a puck covered by David Rittich pic.twitter.com/3ZljyNfHoU— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) November 3, 2019
Adam Boqvist scored a beauty of a first NHL goal
Ryan Getzlaf played in his 1,000th NHL game last night.