It is Mitch Marner’s world and we’re all just living in it.
He had a two-goal performance in Game 1 against the Boston Bruins and drew comparisons to Wayne Gretzky from the opposing coach. Then, the NHL released a behind-the-scenes video of his pre-game preparation, which included stirring chocolate syrup into his vanilla ice cream until it took on the consistency of soup.
What is Marner if not a maestro of a game that is child-like at its core? The Toronto Maple Leafs winger plays with a creative enthusiasm and apparently eats his dessert with that same spirit.
“That’s always something, I know as a kid, I just always stirred it up like that,” Marner said Saturday, before tucking into his meal ahead of Game 2. “I always thought it tasted better. That’s something I just continued to do my whole life and people think it’s crazy, but it’s pretty fun.”
The video was shot by teammate Tyler Ennis, who has taken on the task of documenting life with the Leafs for the NHL’s “Stanley Cup Confidential” series. This is his first season in Toronto and he was taken aback when he first saw Marner’s routine for eating ice cream.