On Wednesday, the Stars became the first professional sports franchise to openly oppose a proposed “bathroom bill” in the state of Texas that would require transgender people to use bathrooms in schools and government buildings assigned to the gender on their birth certificate.
This is very much in line with the NHL’s longstanding efforts to be an inclusive league, and this is good. A long-time partner with You Can Play, an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation and/or gender identity, the NHL has aligned itself with the message that hockey is for everyone.
Forwards William Nylander and Mitch Marner earned NHL Rookie of the Month honors a combined three times and both scored over 60 points. Marner also set a franchise record for most assists by a rookie with a league-high 42.
In addition, Connor Brown scored 20 goals in his first full season, Zach Hyman set a club rookie record with four short-handed goals and 25-year-old blueliner Nikita Zaitsev played on the Leafs’ top pairing, finsihing second to Jake Gardiner in defense scoring.
However, if the Leafs hope to build on the success of last season and advance further in their third season under head coach Mike Babcock, their youngsters will have to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump. Despite career years from veterans Nazem Kadri, Tyler Bozak, James van Riemsdyk and Gardiner, Toronto Cheap Mls Jerseys was heavily reliant a year ago on a lineup with as many as seven rookies on most nights. That group (which also included Nikita Soshnikov, Frederik Gauthier and Kasperi Kapanen) accounted for 45.9 percent Wholesale Jerseys All of the Leafs’ offensive production and will need to follow it up in 2017-18.