To the casual observer, it would appear to have been nothing more than a group of young people meeting their hockey idols. It was much more meaningful.
Grit and goals returned to the Calgary Flames in time for the regular season with the re-signing of Matthew Tkachuk.
When the Ottawa Senators selected Brady Tkachuk with the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the expectation by many was that he would return for his sophomore season at Boston University.
Matthew Tkachuk, closing in on his 100th NHL game, stopped by NHLPA.com to deliver his Top 5 hockey idols. No need to guess which former big-league star topped his list, but you may be surprised by some of his house guests over the years!
“Johnny was on the team a couple of years before I was there and he made it a really comfortable environment for me to walk into,” recalled Matthew Tkachuk. “You feel lucky to play with him.”
He’s one of hockey’s most intense players, but don’t expect the quite the same competitive display from Matthew Tkachuk when he serves up his best shot at the Smashfest Charity Ping-Pong Challenge.