NHL stars: They’re not so unlike us, after all. William Nylander has started the season great, and perhaps because of something he does that very few NHL players, and very few sporting stars in general, do.
When Nylander prepared for Wednesday’s contest with the Ottawa Senators, he didn’t do it in a car. Almost all NHL players we know about drive to the game with their expensive cars, but not Willy Nylander.
Nylander, who’s started the season better than any Toronto player has ever accomplished in terms of point streak, was spotted taking the Toronto Transit Commission’s subway to the game.
Someone who sat just in front of Nylander took a great photo of the Swede and posted it on social media. Nylander sat there, bundled up in a puffy coat, listening to music, just like anyone would do.
Unlike others on the subway, however, Nylander would play in front of thousands of people just a few hours later, extending his incredible points streak to 13 games.
The best part of the photo is that Nylander is actually sitting next to someone who’s wearing a Maple Leafs hat. Nylander’s unusual way of transportation to the game did seem to do the trick.
He got to business almost immediately, scoring the Leafs’ first goal just 5:47 of the first period against the Senators. On social media, fans absolutely adored the picture of Nylander on the subway, especially the part about the fan sitting right next to him, seemingly unwittingly about who’s sitting right next to him.
And to be fair, who could blame him? It’s not every day you see an NHL superstar heading to a game via subways.
”Buddy in Leafs hat was to dialled into his phone to notice,” Spittin’ Chiclets said on X.
Some of the comments on social media were hilarious:
”Guy probably wanted Nylander traded 3 years ago,” one said.
Some, however, offered a different perspective.
”Or maybe he’s just a respectable guy who doesn’t want to bother him so he’s playing off his excitement. Probably on the calculator app,” one said.