Dion Phaneuf’s Legacy With Maple Leafs Still to be Written

Morgan Rielly recalled being a 19-year-old when he joined the Maple Leafs for his first season in 2013.

The team’s first-round pick (fifth overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, he didn’t know exactly what to expect when making the jump to the show.

But there was Dion Phaneuf, who made an effort to make the rookie feel at home.

“He was a guy that I looked up to and I still do today,” Rielly said. “Just with the way he carried himself and the way he handled his career, how he treated people, the way he went about his business is a way that I always admired.”

Rielly is the only holdover from the Phaneuf’s six seasons with the Maple Leafs. Mitch Marner was in the organization heading to his first camp with the team in Halifax in 2015. When he got on the plane, the rookie was nervous, but found the captain motioning him to grab the seat next to him.

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