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Tavares uses childhood photo to announce decision to join Maple Leafs

Toronto teammates, fans exalt on social media about center's new contract @NHLdotcom

John Tavares gave Toronto Maple Leafs fans the best Canada Day gift.

The center agreed to terms with the Toronto Maple Leafs on a seven-year contract Sunday, and called it a childhood dream while sharing a photo of a younger him sleeping with Maple Leafs bedding.

Tweet from @91Tavares: Not everyday you can live a childhood dream

Tavares is from the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, Ontario, and aside from his incredible picture, Tavares shared also shared some insights into why he chose the Maple Leafs.

Tweet from @91Tavares: I���m thrilled to be starting a new chapter of my career and life in Toronto with the @MapleLeafs. I feel very fortunate to come join a team with a great young core and play where I grew up learning and loving the game. I can���t wait to get started!

Where Tavares would sign was one of the hottest topics on social media throughout the weekend, and when word got out, his new teammates exalted over his move north of the border. Few did better than Nazem Kadri, the Maple Leafs center who also was Tavares' teammate with London of the Ontario Hockey League.

Tweet from @43_Kadri: I saved u 91 this time...welcome home @91Tavares  Tweet from @AM34: Welcome aboard @91Tavares ! Pumped to have you in the blue and white and now call you a teammate #goleafs

Tweet from @Marner93: Welcome home @91Tavares, excited to have you apart of the @MapleLeafs family!

Tweet from @mriles4: Happy Canada day everyone! Welcome @91Tavares. ����

Other Toronto team accounts, along with high-profile Maple Leafs fans, also shared their exuberance about Tavares' decision.

Tweet from @arnettwill: O. M. G.

Tweet from @ScottMoir: WELCOME TO THE TEAM JOHNNY T!!!! @MapleLeafs

Tweet from @J16H: Exciting day for Toronto and the @MapleLeafs - Another great reason to celebrate today. #goleafsgo Thanks #JohnTavares

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