Tyler Bertuzzi responds to media questions before Leafs Golf Classic, reveals why he chose Toronto

Mike Armenti
September 18, 2023  (1:55 PM)

The Toronto Maple Leafs are out enjoying their "Leafs Golf Classic" on Monday, an annual event that acts as a sort of a precursor to training camp. Among the attendees was new Leafs winger Tyler Bertuzzi, who had his first opportunity to attend a Leafs media scrum.

Bertuzzi appeared to be somewhat timid in front of the scores of reporters in his first true media availability in Toronto. He did, however, express how excited he is to be a Maple Leaf. He also revealed that he's been in town for a few weeks now, skating with the likes of Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, among others, as he wanted to become acclimated to the new environment and meet some of his new teammates well ahead of training camp.
"I'm excited. It's been a good couple of weeks - I came [to Toronto] 2 or 3 weeks ago to kind of just meet all the guys, skate and work out... you know, just get to know everyone, so it's been good and I'm just ready to get going." - Bertuzzi on the level of excitement coming into his first camp in Toronto

Bertuzzi revealed to the media that there were plenty of suitors vying for his services this summer and shared what set Toronto apart from the rest, in his mind.
"There was a lot of 1-year deals out there and I wanted to be at a place where winning was at the top of [our list], our biggest goal and I know the team has the best chance to make it a long way [in the playoffs], hopefully, and our end goal is to win the Cup... It's close to home too.

[Last year] was my first taste of playoff hockey. That was another reason [why I signed here]. It's the best time of year and it's a lot of fun to play in those situations and to get a feel for that, I wanted to be back in it and continue to be in it every year... I'm excited." - Bertuzzi on why he chose to sign with Toronto in free agency this summer

He was asked whether he knew where he'd play in the lineup yet or if he would consider re-signing in January if things were going well with the team at that point, Bertuzzi was a little more apprehensive to provide a response, suggesting to the media that the answers to those questions will come in time.
It stands to reason that Bertuzzi will at least get a look on the top line with Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner at some point in the pre-season and/or during line rushes at camp to see if there's a fit there. He also admitted that he didn't watch much hockey growing up, which he, himself, admitted was pretty strange.
The video interview is currently featured on the official Toronto Maple Leafs app.
Tyler Bertuzzi responds to media questions before Leafs Golf Classic, reveals why he chose Toronto

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