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BREAKING: Maple Leafs Key Player Leaves Team For Personal Reasons

Published January 23, 2024 at 2:43 PM
As the Toronto Maple Leafs hit the ice for their practice this afternoon, one notable absence was forward Tyler Bertuzzi, who has temporarily stepped away from the team for personal reasons.

Forward Tyler Bertuzzi Leaves Team For Personal Reasons

According to Maple Leafs reporter David Alter, Tyler Bertuzzi's wife is expecting which explains his absence from practice.

#Leafs practice is about to get underway. Tyler Bertuzzi is not with the team with his wife expecting.

Bertuzzi, currently anticipating the birth of his second child, has taken a brief leave from the team. While there's no specific return date mentioned, it is anticipated that the Maple Leafs will provide him with the necessary time to be with his family for this significant moment.

According to Sheldon Keefe, it's possible he will miss tomorrow night's highly anticipated matchup against the Winnipeg Jets.

Sheldon Keefe says they won't know if Bertuzzi (wife expecting) will be available to them by tomorrow. Preparing against the Jets as if they won't have him just in case.

The absence of Bertuzzi was also noted during Tuesday's practice, as he awaited the arrival of his child. Whether he will be available for Wednesday's game against Winnipeg remains uncertain.

Despite facing a 13-game goal drought, if Bertuzzi is able to play, he is expected to resume his role in the top-six forward lineup. Tyler has had a slow year thus far with the Maple Leafs amassing 6 goals and 14 assists for a total of 20 points in 45 games.

This situation underscores the importance of recognizing that certain life events take precedence over hockey, emphasizing the supportive and family-oriented culture within the Maple Leafs organization.

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BREAKING: Maple Leafs Key Player Leaves Team For Personal Reasons

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