Toronto Maple Leafs players surprise commuters as they ride TTC to practice
Dressed in full uniform, with hockey sticks in hands, the Toronto Maple Leafs surprised Toronto commuters as they rode the TTC to their outdoor practice at City Hall on Sunday, just like us regular-schmegular people.
Hockey players, they're just like us.
Videos shared by the team's Twitter account show players piling into a crowded subway car and interacting with fellow riders and fans on Sunday, Feb. 12.
Sunday morning commute ☺️ pic.twitter.com/zKqY8GHg4o— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 12, 2023
It was a rare up-close sighting for subway riders, as the players hung on to the overhead safety straps and mingled with the public.
Arriving at their destination of Queen subway station, the players hobble out of the crowded car and onto the subway platform amid astonished fans.
Bit of a tight squeeze, but we’re here!! 😂 pic.twitter.com/rQySiuG9xw— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 12, 2023
Streams of fans filmed the rare and intimate Leafs sightings as the team took the Red Rocket to Nathan Philips Square.
It seems that the TTC was running smoothly to deliver to the team on time, a sometimes rare feat these days.
Man of the people 💙 pic.twitter.com/jWlJ34Prtj— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 12, 2023
In another clip shared by the team's account, Scarborough's-own Leafs right winger Wayne Simmonds is seen exiting the station and chatting it up with young fans, who enthusiastically run beside him to keep pace.
It took a bit of time for the time to arrive at the rink, players regularly stopping to pose for pictures and shake hands with residents.
Inch by inch 😂 pic.twitter.com/k9OpKS7tLZ— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 12, 2023
The Leafs' hosted their practice session at the outdoor rink in front of Nathan Phillips Square, which drew hundreds of loyal fans.
PLACE IS BUZZIN’ pic.twitter.com/Pem6EhwoUq— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 12, 2023
It was a warm welcome for the team as the fans screamed and clapped at their arrival, holding up jerseys and filming the occasion.
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