“Brett and I have some great food for the holidays” – Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock (via @cbc_nhl)
“Bryan’s a great guy,” said Babcock of his son, who he said was “a great kid” and “a good teammate”.
“He’s a big part of the Maple Leafs family, so I’m really proud of him.
He’s been a good kid.
We love him, and I’m proud of his character.
We’re going to miss him.”
Babcock said his son was “really excited” for his first NHL start after missing the entire season with a knee injury.
“We had some good discussions with him and we said, ‘You know what?
We’re giving you an opportunity and you’re going in, and we’re going into it and you get the job done,'” he said.
“And he did.”
“Bobby’s going to be a great teammate, and a great competitor.
We had some great discussions with the doctors, and they said it’s going be good for him.”
“We’re all looking forward to him being here for his debut and to hopefully being a part of this hockey club, and playing a role that we’ve all wanted him to be part of.”
The Maple Leafs have announced that forward Alex Killorn has been named captain of their Stanley Cup team for the 2017-18 season.
The 20-year-old, who is currently on the team’s development camp, is one of the youngest players on the roster and has been selected to the Leafs’ All-Star Team twice this season.