In this edition of Toronto Maple Leafs’ News & Rumors, there’s some good news for Maple Leafs’ players after the NHL awards last night. Two of the team’s best players – Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner – were given awards. Sadly, Michael Bunting did not pick up the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s best rookie. Still, third place is great.
In other news, I’ll share that a number of players currently on the Maple Leafs’ roster have announced their intentions to join another team – not on the ice, but in life. Three Maple Leafs’ players – Jack Campbell, Alex Kerfoot, and Colin Blackwell – have announced their plans to get married. Congratulations to them.
Item One: Auston Matthews Voted for Connor McDavid for Ted Lindsay Award
Matthews admitted that “Anytime that I have a vote for the Ted Lindsay I’m pretty sure I just write his name down every time no matter what, just because of the respect I have for him as a player and how good he is and how good he’s been ever since he’s been in the league.” (from “TRAIKOS: Matthews wonders what would have happened had Leafs beat Lightning; calls McDavid the MVP,” Michael Traikos, Toronto Sun, 21/06/2022).
Item Two: Matthews Wins Both the Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award
In the end, although McDavid had another amazing season with 44 goals and 79 assists (for 123 points) in 80 games, Matthews’ 60-goal total might have been the tipping point. He’s only the third player during the salary cap era to reach that milestone.
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That fact certainly helped Matthews collect Hart Trophy votes. In the end, Matthews received 119 of 195 first-place votes for the Hart, with the Edmonton Oilers’ McDavid coming second with 29 first-place votes. In the voting for the Lindsay Award, Matthews gathered 1,630 points, with McDavid second with 1,111 points, and New York Rangers’ goalie Igor Shesterkin came in third with 738 points.
The fact that Matthews also won both the Hart and the Lindsay means there was consensus between the National Hockey League Players’ Association voters and the hockey writers about the best NHL player during the 2021-22 season.
These are not the only awards Matthews has won during his NHL career. In 2017, he won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s best rookie. In addition, during the past two seasons, he’s won the Rocket Richard Trophy for being the NHL’s leading goal scorer.
Item Three: Michael Bunting Comes in Third in Calder Trophy Voting
Anaheim Ducks’ center Trevor Zegras finished in second place with 1,191 points while Bunting came in number three with 877 points. Interestingly, Maple Leafs’ young defenseman Timothy Liljegren tied for 11th with six votes.
Item Four: Mitch Marner Makes NHL All-Star Team
Congratulations to Matthews’ other line partner Mitch Marner, who was voted to be the right-winger on the NHL’s All-Star Team. Considering the entire evening, the Maple Leafs’ first line of Marner, Matthews, and Bunting came out looking good.
On the NHL All-Star team, Marner joins Matthews (at center), the Calgary Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau (at left-wing), Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar and Nashville Predators’ defenseman Roman Josi. The New York Rangers’ Igor Shesterkin was named the All-Star goalie.
What’s Next for the Maple Leafs?
Three Maple Leafs players are recently engaged. Jack Campbell became the third Maple Leafs’ player to become engaged this offseason. The Maple Leafs’ goalie announced his engagement to girlfriend Ashley Sonnenberg.
However, it looks like this summer will see a number of weddings for Maple Leafs’ players this coming year. Two other forwards, Alex Kerfoot and Colin Blackwell also announced their engagements earlier. Kerfoot will marry Marissa Balleza and Blackwell will marry Lauren Prodoehl.
It’s interesting there’s a good chance that each of these three current Maple Leafs’ players might actually be settling down in a city other than Toronto. There are rumors that all three might be moving to another NHL team.
The Old Prof (Jim Parsons, Sr.) taught for more than 40 years in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. He’s a Canadian boy, who has two degrees from the University of Kentucky and a doctorate from the University of Texas. He is now retired on Vancouver Island, where he lives with his family. His hobbies include playing with his hockey cards and simply being a sports fan – hockey, the Toronto Raptors, and CFL football (thinks Ricky Ray personifies how a professional athlete should act).
If you wonder why he doesn’t use his real name, it’s because his son – who’s also Jim Parsons – wrote for The Hockey Writers first and asked Jim Sr. to use another name so readers wouldn’t confuse their work.
Because Jim Sr. had worked in China, he adopted the Mandarin word for teacher (老師). The first character lǎo (老) means “old,” and the second character shī (師) means “teacher.” The literal translation of lǎoshī is “old teacher.” That became his pen name. Today, other than writing for The Hockey Writers, he teaches graduate students research design at several Canadian universities.
He looks forward to sharing his insights about the Toronto Maple Leafs and about how sports engages life more fully. His Twitter address is https://twitter.com/TheOldProf