Hailed as a hero among Maple Leaf faithful, Nikolai Borschevsky's name elicits fond memories around Toronto.
Scoring the game 7 overtime winner against the Red Wings in 1992-93, Borschevsky cemented his place in Toronto Maple Leafs history. What happened after that, however, has been somewhat of a mystery.
After leaving the Leafs in a trade to Calgary, Borschevksy played a few games for Dallas after the lockout before injuries did him in. A passionate and diminuitive forward, the plucky Russian had a brief but exciting NHL career.
Following his NHL go—around, Nikolai tried out the German Ice Hockey League before finishing his career with Spartak Moscow. After retirement, he opened a hockey school in Mississauga, Ontario in 1998.
Over the next 8 years, his school expanded and had some success, but eventually folded when Borschevsky took on a coaching job in the Russian Super League.
Today, Borschevsky is the acting head coach for Lokomotiv—2, the farm team for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the KHL. A little man with big accomplishments, he'll have a piece of Leaf Nation's heart for many years to come.