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Expect the unexpected.

That was the advice William Nylander received from his father as the Toronto Maple Leafs prospect heads into his first rookie camp this weekend in London, Ont. When Michael Nylander went to his first NHL training camp in 1992-93, the Hartford Whalers knew the Swedish forward was skilled. But they made a point of finding out if he was strong enough — both physically and mentally — to handle the adversity that comes with playing in North America.

“They set a guy on him to try and get him irritated and try to see if he will retaliate,” William Nylander said. “That’s a pretty funny story.”

So, did his father retaliate?

“I don’t remember what he said,” said Nylander. “I’ll try to get back to you on that.”

Nylander might not have to fight at the four-team tournament, which includes the Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins. But he will have to pass his own set of tests if he is going to make the jump to the NHL level this season.

(Photos by Tyler Anderson/National Post; Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Former Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu has announced his retirement.Koivu, 39, played for Montreal from 1995 through 2009 and was captain from 1999 on.During his time with the Habs, the Finnish forward was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and missed almost all of the 2001-02 season before making an emotional return.“Looking back at my 22 years of pro hockey first in Finland and then in the NHL I feel truly blessed and fulfilled,” he said in a statement released by the NHL Players’ Association. (Photo: Postmedia News)

Former Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu has announced his retirement.

Koivu, 39, played for Montreal from 1995 through 2009 and was captain from 1999 on.

During his time with the Habs, the Finnish forward was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and missed almost all of the 2001-02 season before making an emotional return.

“Looking back at my 22 years of pro hockey first in Finland and then in the NHL I feel truly blessed and fulfilled,” he said in a statement released by the NHL Players’ Association. (Photo: Postmedia News)

Morgan Rielly questioned the ability of his starting goaltender (“I’ve got to pull him, I think,” he said of Bernier. “Put Reims in”) and his team’s lack of leadership (“Is Bozak wearing an ‘A’ in this?” he asked. “That’s a joke”). And with the first period winding down and the Leafs trailing 3-1 in the new EA Sports video game NHL 15, he was picturing what head coach Randy Carlyle might say in a real setting.“Yeah, Randy would be rattled,” said Rielly. “How we’re not playing his style.”It was meant as a joke. After all, Rielly and Pacioretty could hardly be taken seriously the way they were dressed. Moments earlier, EA Sports had recorded the pair skating around in motion-capture suits for later use. That meant wearing a black spandex bodysuit that looked like it was covered in white cotton balls, a white helmet, shin pads and elbow pads. (Photo: Michael Traikos/National Post)

Morgan Rielly questioned the ability of his starting goaltender (“I’ve got to pull him, I think,” he said of Bernier. “Put Reims in”) and his team’s lack of leadership (“Is Bozak wearing an ‘A’ in this?” he asked. “That’s a joke”). And with the first period winding down and the Leafs trailing 3-1 in the new EA Sports video game NHL 15, he was picturing what head coach Randy Carlyle might say in a real setting.

“Yeah, Randy would be rattled,” said Rielly. “How we’re not playing his style.”

It was meant as a joke. After all, Rielly and Pacioretty could hardly be taken seriously the way they were dressed. Moments earlier, EA Sports had recorded the pair skating around in motion-capture suits for later use. That meant wearing a black spandex bodysuit that looked like it was covered in white cotton balls, a white helmet, shin pads and elbow pads. (Photo: Michael Traikos/National Post)

Canada’s Andrew Wiggins of Kansas was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.The Cavs went for a freshman from Vaughan, Ont., to open the draft for the second straight year and hope Wiggins works out better than Anthony Bennett of Brampton, Ont.Bennett was injured last summer, came into the season out of shape and made no impact, one of the reasons the Cavs were back in this spot again.But Wiggins seems a much more ready product after averaging a Kansas freshman-record 17.1 points. He might have ended up as the top pick anyway, but became the best option for the Cavs when Jayhawks teammate Joel Embiid suffered a stress fracture in his right foot shortly before the draft.“A thousand thoughts are going through my head right now,” Wiggins said. “It’s a dream come true. (Photo: Jason DeCrow/The Associated Press)

Canada’s Andrew Wiggins of Kansas was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.

The Cavs went for a freshman from Vaughan, Ont., to open the draft for the second straight year and hope Wiggins works out better than Anthony Bennett of Brampton, Ont.

Bennett was injured last summer, came into the season out of shape and made no impact, one of the reasons the Cavs were back in this spot again.

But Wiggins seems a much more ready product after averaging a Kansas freshman-record 17.1 points. He might have ended up as the top pick anyway, but became the best option for the Cavs when Jayhawks teammate Joel Embiid suffered a stress fracture in his right foot shortly before the draft.

“A thousand thoughts are going through my head right now,” Wiggins said. “It’s a dream come true. (Photo: Jason DeCrow/The Associated Press)

'This is a big f—-ing day': He’s the ultimate button-down, blue-suited mayor. But put Eric Garcetti in a hockey jersey and there’s no telling what he might do.On Monday, he let fly with the F-word in front of millions of people as he led his city in celebration of the Los Angeles Kings’ second Stanley Cup championship in three years. (Pictured: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick; photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

'This is a big f—-ing day': He’s the ultimate button-down, blue-suited mayor. But put Eric Garcetti in a hockey jersey and there’s no telling what he might do.

On Monday, he let fly with the F-word in front of millions of people as he led his city in celebration of the Los Angeles Kings’ second Stanley Cup championship in three years. (Pictured: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick; photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Kings were this close to tying the New York Rangers late in the third period of Game 4.Henrik Lundqvist, who faced 41 shots, including a lopsided third period in which the Kings outshot the home side 15-1, was both brilliant and incredibly lucky — yes, there’s that word again — in erecting a wall that just barely held, allowing the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory that let them live to see another day in the Stanley Cup final.Read the story here. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Kings were this close to tying the New York Rangers late in the third period of Game 4.

Henrik Lundqvist, who faced 41 shots, including a lopsided third period in which the Kings outshot the home side 15-1, was both brilliant and incredibly lucky — yes, there’s that word again — in erecting a wall that just barely held, allowing the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory that let them live to see another day in the Stanley Cup final.

Read the story here. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

One game into the New York-Los Angeles Stanley Cup final, we’ve already had plenty of celebrity sightings. Here are Will Ferrell and Larry David at Game 1 between the Rangers and Kings at the Staples Center. The Kings won 3-2 in overtime. (Photos by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

'It hurts more when you're close': Max Pacioretty was sitting with his hands on his thighs in a quiet corner of a quiet dressing room. Discarded balls of hockey tape were on both sides of where he sat, a used white towel was crumpled on a seat nearby, speckled with someone’s blood.

Max Pacioretty was sitting with his hands on his thighs in a quiet corner of a quiet dressing room. Discarded balls of hockey tape were on both sides of where he sat, a used white towel was crumpled on a seat nearby, speckled with someone’s blood.

“It hurts,” said Canadiens coach Michel Therrien. “And it hurts more when you’re close.” (Photos: Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press, Frank Franklin II/The Associated Press)

In the basement of her home in small-town Saskatchewan, Darlene Tokarski would roll up a pair of socks — usually a pair of her husband’s sturdy work socks — and fire away at her young son. He demanded that she play, and that he be the goaltender in a game they came to call “sockball.”
It was all Dustin Tokarski wanted to do.
“I could get him to do anything for sockball,” Darlene said on Friday. “Clean his room. Rake leaves. Do this. Do that. It was, ‘well, as soon as you do this, we’ll play sockball.’ And it was done.’ ”
Sockball evolved into hockey, and hockey evolved into an obsession, one that has carried him through a career marked by international victories, professional disappointment and, within the last week, a burst of stardom and opportunity. The sockball veteran is making a name for himself in the National Hockey League playoffs.
(Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

In the basement of her home in small-town Saskatchewan, Darlene Tokarski would roll up a pair of socks — usually a pair of her husband’s sturdy work socks — and fire away at her young son. He demanded that she play, and that he be the goaltender in a game they came to call “sockball.”

It was all Dustin Tokarski wanted to do.

“I could get him to do anything for sockball,” Darlene said on Friday. “Clean his room. Rake leaves. Do this. Do that. It was, ‘well, as soon as you do this, we’ll play sockball.’ And it was done.’ ”

Sockball evolved into hockey, and hockey evolved into an obsession, one that has carried him through a career marked by international victories, professional disappointment and, within the last week, a burst of stardom and opportunity. The sockball veteran is making a name for himself in the National Hockey League playoffs.

(Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Derek Stepan played through a broken jaw on Thursday night, logging more than 17 minutes of ice time despite suffering the injury on a late and dangerous hit in the first period, according to his coach.Alain Vigneault said the 23-year-old was undergoing surgery on Friday, and that the team did not know he had broken his jaw until after the game. It is not known if Stepan will be available to play again in the Eastern Conference final, with Vigneault saying “we’ll have an idea of the time frame tomorrow.”Stepan absorbed a hard, high hit from Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust in the first period of Game 3. He left the game, but returned a few minutes later.Prust was not penalized on the play, but has a phone hearing scheduled with the NHL on Friday afternoon. The revelation of Stepan’s injury will likely play a role in the severity of any supplementary discipline he might receive. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Derek Stepan played through a broken jaw on Thursday night, logging more than 17 minutes of ice time despite suffering the injury on a late and dangerous hit in the first period, according to his coach.

Alain Vigneault said the 23-year-old was undergoing surgery on Friday, and that the team did not know he had broken his jaw until after the game. It is not known if Stepan will be available to play again in the Eastern Conference final, with Vigneault saying “we’ll have an idea of the time frame tomorrow.”

Stepan absorbed a hard, high hit from Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust in the first period of Game 3. He left the game, but returned a few minutes later.

Prust was not penalized on the play, but has a phone hearing scheduled with the NHL on Friday afternoon. The revelation of Stepan’s injury will likely play a role in the severity of any supplementary discipline he might receive. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)