Marner scores first NHL goal, mother indisposed (Video)

It the moment every hockey parent waits for. Their son or daughter makes it to the professional ranks and scores their first goal.

Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Mitch Marner let fellow rookie Auston Matthews do all the scoring in the first game of the season. In the Leafs second game, Marner netted his first NHL tally against the Boston Bruins.

As usual with highly touted rookies, the camera cuts to the parents in the stands for their reaction. Mitch’s dad is seen celebrating next to an empty seat in the arena.

In an interview later with Christine Simpson of Sportsnet, we find out Mrs. Marner had to answer a call she could not avoid (i.e. had to go to the bathroom).

Later in the game, she was in her seat for an incredible display of puck handling by her son. Marner bends time and space, Dr. Strange-style, to get past Ryan Spooner with the puck.


Marner ended the game with one point, three blocked shots and was a plus-2 (for what it’s worth) in 15:25 time on ice. The Leafs beat the Bruins soundly, 4-1.

If you’re curious, Auston Matthews was held scoreless in 16:51. He must be ill or something.