Former London Knights captain Mitch Marner scored his first career NHL goal on Saturday, leading his Toronto Maple Leafs past the Boston Bruins to a 4-1 home win.
While teammate Auston Matthews took the spotlight in Toronto’s first game, Marner was team’s standout performer in their next encounter — a Saturday night home opener in Toronto — with a goal and a +2 rating.
The 19-year-old, who is eligible to return to the Knights this season, brought the Leafs up to a 2-0 lead after wiring the puck past Boston goalie Anton Khudobin.
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The goal was capped off with an energetic celebration, which caught the eye of Knights alumnus Nazem Kadri.
“That’s straight from the London Knights right there. I know a thing or two about that,” Kadri told reporters.
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“Emotion took over on me, it was so exciting,” Marner told reporters. “I had a lot of chances in Ottawa and nothing went in for me. To see that one finally cross the line is a great feeling.”
Marner was selected fourth overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by Toronto. He captained the Knights during the 2015-16 season, leading the club to an OHL Championship and Memorial Cup victory.
The Knights were in action on Saturday, falling to Erie 7-1.