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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Spaling Excited About Leafs

Drayton | by Peter Jackson  

Drayton native and NHL forward says he hopes to get more ice time in Toronto.

Centre Nick Spaling of Drayton has been a Toronto Maple Leaf for exactly one month, and he's looking forward to the start of training camp.

Spaling was involved in the NHL trade that sent forward Phil Kessel to Pittsburgh from Toronto on July 3rd.

In a post-game interview following a recent charity hockey game in Goderich, Spaling expressed excitement and anticipation at being part of a major change in Toronto.

He hopes to get more ice-time than he did in Pittsburgh and Nashville, but is gratified that he gets to play for multiple Stanley Cup and Olympic gold medal winning coach Mike Babcock.

Spaling is impressed with the hiring of former New Jersey Devils' president Lou Lamoriello as general manager, and sees it as a challenge for the players.

He believes everyone on the Leafs' roster will work hard to earn the faith management has put in them.

Toronto on the weekend solidified their strength in goal, with the signing of Jonathan Bernier to a two-year contract extension.



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