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.
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."