Just like many of his fellow NHL players, Cirelli, the 22-year-old Tampa Bay Lightning forward, is using the pause in the 2019-20 season to learn a new skill or improve upon an existing one.
“As the pressure intensifies for his team, that’s when you’ll see the best of Tony,” said Dave Brown, General Manager of the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters.
The eighth annual Smashfest® Charity Ping-Pong Challenge hosted by Dominic Moore will take place Thursday, July 25 at Steam Whistle Brewing in Toronto.
As a youngster, everywhere Anthony Cirelli went, he chased around a ball with a small hockey stick, even when he went to his grandparents home for a visit. There were no breaks for him.
The 50 rookie skaters in these playoffs are the most since teams used 54 in 2005-06. That could be a reflection of teams having greater trust in young players arriving from junior hockey or college, or the need to stock rosters with cheap talent as a greater percentage of the salary cap is devoted to the elite.