The start of the season has a lot of firsts but this game had two big ones.
In the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators’ game, we saw Tim Stützle‘s first NHL goal. The kid is just 19-years-old and he was drafted 3rd overall in the 2020 draft. After 5 games and 10 points at the 2021 World Juniors, he hopped the plane to Ottawa and got right to work. First career goals are a big deal so it’s gotta be a great night for him.
On the other hand, this goal isn’t a career first goal but a first with a new team. Joe Thornton scooped his first goal as a Toronto Maple Leaf with a sneaky little shot past the goalie. Thornton is 41-years-old and he was drafted 1st overall back in 1997 (5 years before Stützle was born). Joe has had a long career with a lot of success, most of it he found in the 15 years he spent with San Jose. Now he’s playing with the young kids and they’re keeping him spry (obviously).
It’s a weird event to have in one game to me. One of the oldest players in the NHL scores his first goal on a new team the same night the hot shot rookie gets his first. Hockey is full of weird occurrences but this one is up there.
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