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Maple Leafs honor tennis hero Andreescu before game against Bruins

Mississauga, Ontario native won US Open in September

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Bianca Andreescu drops the puck

BOS@TOR: US Open champion Bianca Andreescu drops puck

19-year-old US Open champion Bianca Andreescu drops the puck prior to the Maple Leafs' game against the Bruins

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The Toronto Maple Leafs celebrated a national sports hero Saturday.

The Maple Leafs honored tennis player Bianca Andreescu, who participated in a ceremonial puck drop before the Toronto Maple Leafs game against the Boston Bruins.

Andreescu, 19 of Mississauga, Ontario, captured Canada's heart when she became the first Canadian tennis player to win a grand-slam singles championship, defeating Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 in the U.S. Open championship Sept. 7.

"It's been pretty crazy," she told Sportsnet before the game. "I really appreciate and love all of the support I'm getting." 

The Raptors and Blue Jays had previously celebrated Andreescu for her accomplishment, and the Vancouver Canucks also gifted her a personalized jersey. 

Tweet from @Canucks: You���re #1������!!! Congrats @Bandreescu_! 🏆🔥🇨🇦 #ShetheNorth #USOpen pic.twitter.com/NBjva9g4sS

The Maple Leafs played a highlight montage from her remarkable year before she dropped the puck for Zdeno Chara and Morgan Rielly. The appreciative fans inside Scotiabank Arena gave her a standing ovation. 

"It's honestly been a dream come true," Andreescu said. "I think I can start to get used to this."

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