The folks in Toronto haven’t had a Stanley Cup championship by their hometown team to celebrate since 1967.
So they’re left to bask in the glory of non-Maple Leafs from the area.
Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin, whose ties to Toronto go beyond his status as a native son and offseason resident, brought the Cup back to the Toronto area, much to the joy of thousands of Bruins, general hockey and even Leafs fans, as James Mirtle of the Globe & Mail wrote today.
The player who helped inspire the TD Garden chant “Thank You Kessel” was thanked a ton by those who wanted to see the most famous trophy in sports. Seguin famously was made a member of the Bruins after Boston acquired Toronto’s first-round pick in the Phil Kessel trade. While the Leafs have continued to miss the playoffs with the speedy winger in their lineup, the Bruins were able to provide the 2010 No. 2 overall pick with the best crash course possible on NHL life — a spot on a Cup-winning roster.
Mirtle reports that Seguin has bulked up to 195 pounds already in his attempt to become a bigger factor for the defending champions next season. Lifting the Cup numerous times probably helped in that process. With the right amount of work and change in his approach to the game, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Seguin again carrying the Cup through the Leafs’ backyard again in the near future.