When the Toronto Maple Leafs lost to the San Jose Sharks on Monday night, they were without budding centre Nazem Kadri, who missed the game because of the passing of his grandfather. Over the last few days there have been many great stories written about the impact Kadri’s grandfather had on him throughout his life, including this one by James Mirtle of The Globe And Mail and this from The Toronto Star.
In his emotional return to the Leafs lineup last night, Kadri was paramount to the Leafs success, scoring twice to secure his club’s first victory in six tries. After the game Kadri spoke with media about what the goals and the win meant to him, as he mourns his grandfather. Kadri told The Toronto Star about the advice given to him by his father before the game:
“Don’t think about it too much, and he knew I wanted to come out and have a big game for him. He said, ‘Just don’t push it, just go out there and play your game, ‘ and that’s exactly what I did.”
Quote courtesy of The Toronto Star. Read full article here.
Kadri didn’t want to overplay the significance of his performance, however, he did admit his grandfather would’ve loved to have seen him score twice last night:
“It’s just going to be a memory. But it’s definitely something that he would’ve loved to see. In the last couple years there hasn’t been a game he’s missed. He’s going to be dearly missed by our family.”
— Nazem Kadri (@43_Kadri) December 6, 2013