Hockey: Brett Willows' day, or less than a day, as a Maple Leaf

We feel duty-bound, when we can, to point out when a CIS goaltender "appears" in the NHL, especially since so few of them ever actually appear in a game after their university days.

Thursday night in Toronto, it was Brett Willows' turn. This time, the "quick, find a goaltender" game was even more rushed, as the Leafs expected James Reimer to play and Willows was only called after the first-minute injury. Apparently he didn't even get there until the third period.

Willows, currently third among OUA goalies with a .943 save percentage for U of T (after a .930 last year), is probably disappointed he didn't get in the game, but after stopping 50 of 53 shots the night before in a 7-3 win over Ryerson, he might also be relieved that he didn't have to go back-to-back. Even if it was only against Carolina.

Invariably the amateur 'tender who gets signed is not a fan of the team who needs him — see UBC's Jordan White, a Canucks fan, putting on a Sharks jersey for a day — with Willows in this case being a Montreal supporter.

If you follow the strange logic expressed by some Leafs followers and media members lately, this now means the team might consider offering Willows for Nail Yakupov.
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