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Darcy Tucker Has Plenty Of Advice For John Tavares.

Published August 16, 2018 at 12:20

The addition of John Tavares to the Toronto Maple Leafs not only has Leafs fans ecstatic, but also some Leafs' alumni. We recently saw Doug Gilmour make a big statement about the addition of Tavares, now it's former Leaf Darcy Tucker's turn to chime in. Tucker was part of the 2002 Leafs team which came within two games of making the Stanley Cup Finals, so he knows all about the positives and negatives of playing in Toronto. "You don't come here and take that opportunity if you don't want to be put in the spotlight," Tucker said. "Tavares is an amazing hockey player, there's no doubt about it. He as well as anybody knows what it's like to be in this city."
With the talent on the team, the opportunity to finally bring back the Cup to Toronto should be embraced. "These chances don't come around very often and they don't last for very long, as we can attest to as retired players," Tucker said. "Have fun with it. Anytime you are in a market like Toronto, there's always going to be pressure. But you've got to have some fun with it and enjoy it."
"That's what you play the game for," he said. "You play the game to have the opportunity to win a championship, and in doing so, when you have that opportunity, it comes along with the pressures you face. I clearly enjoyed and had fun with it and embraced that part of it. When the city is that enthusiastic about any of the sports teams it's great to be a part of it as a fan but even better as a player."
What do you think of Tucker's comments?

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