When Ron Wilson tried to loosen up the Maple Leafs just before facing the Boston Bruins earlier this month, he singled out skinny Tyler Bozak and told him he must run 6-foot-9, 255-pound Zdeno Chara right from the faceoff.
“Tyler laughed along with everyone,” Wilson said. “Then he went out and hit Chara.”
Battling above his weight class and doing the unexpected is becoming a specialty of Bozak’s, witness his grip on the coveted No. 1 centre’s role. Yet it’s the way the Regina native swims in the crowded Leafs fishbowl that’s just as remarkable.
“You’d have to say he’s everything we hoped he’d be and more,” said senior advisor Cliff Fletcher, watching Bozak at Tuesday’s morning skate. “Just look at the schedule he has had, playing in our (September) rookie tournament, looking good at training camp, playing with the Marlies, fighting through what might have been the H1N1 virus (losing 12 pounds he could ill afford). And now that our roster is as young as it is, he’s getting the opportunity to fill a pretty big role.”
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He was the Leafs' leading scorer in the 1963–64, 1966–67 and 1969–70 seasons, and the team's top goal scorer in 1970–71 and 1972–73. Keon was considered one of the fastest skaters in the NHL, and one of the best defensive forwards of his era. He would usually play against the opposing team's top centre, and developed a reputation for neutralizing some of the league's top scorers. In 1970–71, he scored eight shorthanded goals, setting an NHL record.
I think given a full season playing with the big boys, Bozak will be able to pull off a 60-70 point year. Yes, I don't want to over speculate, but seeing the chemistry he has built in such a short time gives me the feeling that he has more to give.
H1N1 was a bad flu and it hit people in different ways, but the general consensus was the weight loss (10-12 lbs.) and it took roughly a month to recover from it. Add that to an ankle injury and Bozak had an impressive year to say the least.
I think he will definitely be our 2nd line center with a possibility of taking the reigns of the 1st line.
Only 1% of the population got it. To put that in more identifiable terms, only slightly more people in Canada got H1N1 than the Devils have fans.
H1N1 was so overblown by sensationalist media... Still can't believe people actually watch the news on TV, absolute garbage. I didn't know a single person who had H1N1. I work at a gym, so people come and go.... and still no H1N1