Tyler Bozak hopped off the St. Louis Blues charter flight on Saturday, kissed his wife when he arrived home, and then settled in for an afternoon with a three-year-old and a nine-month-old — like any dad on any day.
And you know what else he had planned on Saturday that made him no different than any of us? He planned to watch the Maple Leafs play Game 2 in Boston, just to see if his former ‘boys’ could do what the St. Louis Blues have done to the Winnipeg Jets — win the opening two games of their series on the road.
“I watch the Leafs games, oh yeah,” Bozak said. “I cheer for them. Mitchy (Mitch Marner), he’s a good friend of mine. Played on a line with him for most of two years. It’s pretty cool to see him doing so well.
“He’s still getting better and better. It’s going to be crazy to see in the next few years what he’s doing.”
Bozak, of course, could be talking about himself, as he authors an honest, effective National Hockey League career away from the glare of the team he broke in with in Toronto. Somehow having turned 33 right before our eyes, he has landed here in St. Louis, that utility knife, third-line centre that every good team has in its lineup.