U of T student called to play in Toronto Maple Leafs game
A student at the University of Toronto had to take a break from studying after being called to play for college. Saturday’s National Hockey League game.
The Varsity Blues goalkeeper scored in the final 70 seconds of the Leafs’ 7-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.
Jett Alexander, 23, told CP24 on Monday:
Alexander signed an amateur tryout deal at what he described as “last minute” as a backup for goalkeeper Ilya Samsonov.
With Matt Murray out with a head injury and Joseph Wall playing underage, Alexander had his time.
“[There] We weren’t given a lot of time beforehand,” Alexander said. “I was lucky that I had to sit on the bench for that game.”
According to NHL rules, if two goalkeepers on a team are injured, the organization “reserves the right to play with a qualified goalkeeper”.
In this case, it was Alexander who faced no shots in his professional debut with his favorite team.
Habs defenseman Chris Wideman apparently didn’t approve of the Leafs letting a student in during garbage time.
Toronto has not advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs since 2004.
Asked what he thought of Weidman’s jab, Alexander diplomatically said it was “not my place” to comment.
The Leafs will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the playoffs, which begins next week.