TORONTO — The Maple Leafs rode the subway two stops into city hall for an exterior practice at Nathan Phillips Square.
Auston Matthews, Jake Muzzin along with Connor Brown took the honors Thursday at the Maple Leafs’ 3-on-3 outdoor tournament, together with fans lining up eight or nine deep to find the baseball celebrities.
“This was a blast,” centre John Tavares said. “Of course, to become right in the heart of the city with an skyline and demonstrably amazing support from our fans. To be outside, change the air. Ensure you feel just like a young child in an enjoyable, little tournament. It was lots of fun.”
Bemused subway riders watched the helmeted Leafs completely gear other than their skates put on the subway at Union Station, only steps away out of their Scotiabank Centre home, and traveling stops to Osgoode before appearing on the road and also making the brief walk into Nathan Phillips Square having a police escort walking alongside.
The city hall hockey, under arches that were iconic, decorated with a Leafs logo at center and was surrounded by planks.
“You just try to actually appreciate special moments such as this where you receive to engage with the fans,” said Tavares, who climbed up a Leafs fan in nearby Oakville.
“Pretty cool to see,” said winger Zach Hyman. “that I was not expecting this big of a turnout. But that’s Leafs Nation for you.”
Added Mayor John Tory:”This is the hockey capital of the planet.”