Minutes after inking a new four-year contract with the Maple Leafs, veteran defenceman TJ Brodie was asked to reflect on an event that took place 18 years earlier. In front of a packed house at the Air Canada Centre (now Scotiabank Arena), an 11-year-old Brodie went a perfect 4-for-4 in the accuracy shooting contest at the Leafs annual Skills Competition. The Leafs leapt over the bench, rushing to congratulate the young defenceman from Dresden.
"That whole situation was sort of a dream," Brodie said in his first availability after signing, thinking back on the event. "It was definitely cool to be that close to the players, and guys you see on TV at that age."