"David Valek is a power forward who can play both wing and center. He's quick and aggressive to loose pucks, is strong along the wall and in the corners. He finishes his checks well. He is strong and hard to move from in front of the net. Overall, he plays a gritty and determined-style game.”
It was kind of touching. I didn't know really what to expect. I'm very appreciative and thankful for the people that supported me in my time here ... as I said, we'll move back to the area at some point in our life.
— Toronto coach Randy Carlyle on the video tribute and ovation he received in his first game back in Anaheim, a 3-1 win for the Maple Leafs