Equipment manager assists Mitch Marner on Leafs goal (VIDEO)

Nov 29 2018, 6:06 pm

Officially, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ third goal against the San Jose Sharks scored by John Tavares was assisted by Mitch Marner and Zach Hyman.

But unofficially, it was also assisted by assistant equipment manager Bobby Hastings.

After blocking a shot with the shaft of his stick late in the first period on Wednesday, Marner could feel something wasn’t right. Although it looked intact, his stick was broken and he needed a new one.

Instead of floating to the bench, Marner picked up speed, seeing that an odd-man rush was developing.

On the bench, the Leafs’ assistant equipment manager raced to find Marner’s spare stick. He found it quick and handed it off to the 21-year-old forward like he was handing off the baton to Usain Bolt in the 4 x 100 metre relay.

It proved valuable:

Marner grabbed the puck, faked a shot, and found Tavares for a tap in. The goal gave Toronto a 3-1 lead, helping them to an eventual 5-3 win. Instead of celebrating with Tavares initially, Marner pointed to the bench, thanking Hastings.

After the game, Leafs players were happy to credit their unsung hero with the “third assist.”

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