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“It’s remarkable, the passion that this city and this fan base has for the Leafs,” captain John Tavares said. “It’s really special. A lot of us grew up playing on the outdoor rinks, so it’s cool and fun for us to have a skate. You can hear and feel the passion and the love for this team is incredible.”
Said defenceman Morgan Rielly: “It’s enjoyable, a nice change of scenery. It’s a long season, so to come out and enjoy the outdoors and be right in downtown Toronto, it’s a lot of fun.”
Under cloudy skies, the Leafs played a 3-on-3 tournament following a brief warmup at their annual outdoor event. Their transportation involved leaving Scotiabank Arena, getting on the subway at Union Station and departing at Queen Station, dressed in their equipment.
“It’s a mix of confusion and excitement,” coach Sheldon Keefe said, referring to other riders. “Some people ask questions (and are) not quite sure what’s going on and others are planning ahead and expecting us.
“It’s another great way to connect with the city and the community. It’s terrific for the guys to be able to do that.”