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Nylander to cover jersey change fee for fans to switch to new No. 88

Maple Leafs forward announced he'd wear different digits for 2019-20

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

William Nylander wants fans to have his new number on their jerseys. He's even willing to pay for it.

The Toronto Maple Leafs forward announced he would pay for fans to get the up-to-date version after he changed his number from 29 to 88 on Monday.

Tweet from @wmnylander: Making the switch ... what���s old is new again #88I���ve got you covered Leafs Nation, go to @realsportstoronto to have your jersey recrested on me.

Nylander is covering the $65 for heat-pressing or $100 for stitching that fans would otherwise have to pay. Fans in Toronto can take their Nylander jerseys to Real Sports Toronto inside Scotiabank Arena before Dec. 15 and have the number changed on the spot. Maple Leafs fans outside of Toronto can call the store at 416-815-5746 to arrange a change and shipping.

Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan was pretty excited to save a few bucks, sharing a picture of all the jerseys his son owns.

Tweet from @brendanshanahan: You���re paying??? Thank God! #cashmoney #LeafsForever

Nylander wore No. 88 while playing for Modo of the Swedish Hockey League before the Maple Leafs selected him with the eighth pick of the 2014 NHL Draft. This will be his third number of his five-year NHL career. He has also worn No. 39 for the Maple Leafs.

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