Scarborough’s Tyler Toffoli could make NHL debut with Los Angeles Kings
Tyler Toffoli has been able to score at every level he’s played at, and last night he was set to get his chance at the ultimate level - the National Hockey League. Toffoli, who took up the sport i
Tyler Toffoli has been able to score at every level he’s played at, and last night he was set to get his chance at the ultimate level - the National Hockey League. Toffoli, who took up the sport in the Scarborough Hockey Association and who is a former student at Birchmount Park Collegiate, earned his first call-up from the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, March 10, and was available to be in the line-up for their Monday, March 11, game against the Calgary Flames, wearing 73. Toffoli, who will turn 21 in April, was in the midst of an outstanding rookie year in the American Hockey League (AHL) for Kings-affiliate Manchester Monarchs with 48 points (28 goals, 20 assists) in 55 games. His 28 goals was second in the AHL – but tops among rookies and for his team. His 48 points had him tied for first among rookies in the AHL (tied for 13th overall) and second on his team. His plus-20 rating is tops for his team. He was selected to play in the AHL all-star game in late January. Toffoli burned up the Ontario Hockey League for the Ottawa 67s, last year winning the goal scoring title with 52 goals (and 48 assists for 100 points). He was just two points back of the overall scoring leader. The previous year he tied for the scoring title but won it with more goals – a leading leading 57 goals along with 51 assists for 108 points. SCARBOROUGH’S NHLers Toffoli will join at least three Scarborough natives now playing in the NHL. Here’s a brief recap of how they’re faring: • the streaky Chris Stewart, 25, of the St. Louis Blues is currently holding a pretty hot hand. Although held off the scoring board in Sunday’s 4-2 loss to Anaheim, he leads St. Louis in scoring with 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 25 games. He’s a West Hill Collegate grad. • Wayne Simmonds, 24: 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 24 games for the Philadelphia Flyers. He attended Birchmount Park Collegiate; • Joel Ward, 32: 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 24 games for the Washington Capitals. He grew up in the same Scarborough neighbourhood as former NHL goalie Kevin Weekes, now a Hockey Night In Canada colour commentator, both attending Chester Le Junior Public School. Sent to the minors: Anthony Stewart, 28, five points (three goals, two assists) in 18 games for Kings-affiliate Manchester Monarchs: traded to Kings just prior to season opener. He did not play in season opener and was sent down to Manchester. Last season, he had 20 points (ninr goals and 11 assists) in 77 games for Carolina Hurricanes. He attended Birchmount Park Collegiate; Devante Smith-Pelly, 20: has played five games for Anaheim Ducks (held pointless) this season but has spent most of the season with AHL affiliate Norfolk Admirals where he has 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 47 games. He attended Birchmount Park Collegiate.;
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