BROCK STAR

His coach sto­ically calls him ‘pretty good.’ His captain play­fully calls him ‘clue­less.’ By sea­son’s end, we all could be call­ing Boeser ‘rookie of the year’

The Hockey News - - BOESER - BY MATT LARKIN

THE KIDS AREN’T QUITE sure, but they know he’s here. They hop up and down fre­net­i­cally, clad in a hodge­podge of equip­ment that doesn’t match, cold air puff­ing out of their face cages as they pre­pare to skate on the very ice the Van­cou­ver Canucks did min­utes ear­lier. Some­where in the MasterCard Cen­tre on Toronto’s out­skirts, Boeser lurks. He’s not yet fa­mous enough to be in­stantly rec­og­niz­able here, though that’s cer­tainly changed out west. The kids know he’ll dart out of a cor­ner some­where and don’t want to miss him. It’s a lot like the way op­pos­ing defensemen view him dur­ing his mon­ster rookie cam­paign: he’s im­pos­si­ble to find un­til it’s too late. So the lit­tle tykes quiz ev­ery male be­tween the ages of 15 and 50 who emerges from the Canucks’ dress­ing room.

ARE YOU BROCK BOESER? EX­CUSE ME. EX­CUSE ME. ARE YOU BROCK BOESER?

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