The older I get, the less I want to spend the huge bucks those crooks at the NHL are charging folks to see their hockey. Don’t get me wrong, I friggin’ love hockey and watch my home team as much as I can on the television, but it simply costs too much to see it live anymore. What I’ve been loving is Canadian Junior Hockey. Those kids have everything to prove and leave it all on the ice, night in and night out. And, for the $25 ticket price, it’s the best hockey around. Living where I do, I’ve been cheering for the Ottawa 67s for a long, long time now. We’ve had some killer players over the years, and once had a guy name KILLER as a coach, who ruled the world of hockey his whole career. One of the kids I loved watching in the Junior’s was Tyler Toffoli. The kid had amazing hands, and his speed was lightning fast. And, once introduced to the ‘big leagues’, he made a huge mark, and continues to do so as we speak. Shit, the dude has already won a Stanley Cup. Amazing. This week’s Hockey Night Hockey Card features the amazing Tyler Toffoli. – FATS
Tyler Toffoli (born April 24, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Kings in the second round, 47th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
In 12 games during the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Toffoli scored two goals and four assists, finishing with a +5 plus-minus rating.
On April 12, 2013, Toffoli was named the recipient of the AHL’s Dudley “Red” Garrett Memorial Award for rookie of the year in the 2012–13 season. He scored 28 goals and 20 assists (48 points) in 55 AHL games for Manchester during the season, and upon the announcement, Toffoli led all rookies in goals, short-handed goals and plus-minus (+20). He was also named to the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
On May 8, 2013, Toffoli made his Stanley Cup playoff debut in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the St. Louis Blues, replacing the scratched Keaton Ellerby in the Kings’ lineup.
To begin the 2013–14 season, the Kings assigned Toffoli to their AHL in Manchester. On November 9, in his third game since being recalled to the NHL along with Manchester linemate Linden Vey, Toffoli scored two goals and one assist in Los Angeles’ 5–1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks, the first three-point game of his NHL career. Toffoli then contributed another two-goal performance, including the eventual game-winner, against the St. Louis Blues, on December 2 in a 3–2 Kings victory. The game-winning goal marked his fourth in 14 games since he was recalled from the Monarchs.
During the 2014–15 season, on January 9, 2015, Toffoli was diagnosed with mononucleosis, forcing him to miss six games before rejoining Los Angeles’ lineup for the team’s January 31 game against the Chicago Blackhawks. He later scored his first career NHL hat-trick on February 12 in the Kings’ 5–2 victory over the Calgary Flames. On March 21.