Tyler Bozak knows what hockey means in Toronto. He knows that as a projected pillar in the rebuilt Toronto Maple Leafs, there will be immense pressure and scrutiny on him, and the other young guns when the Maple Leafs open training camp in roughly two weeks.
Knowing all those things, one could make the assumption that Bozak, the 23-year-old free agent the Leafs lured away from several other NHL teams last year, would be a little timid getting on the ice.
Not a chance.
Bozak, whose last year of collegiate play ended prematurely due to a knee injury, is chomping at the bit to get back on the ice and playing the game he loves, even if it does come with the pressure and expectations that come with playing in a big market.
In fact, that only makes it that much more exciting.