TORONTO — Pontus Aberg’s three-year-old daughter Molly has been asking him to take her skating ever for the reason that snow began flying. So when his name again to the NHL first rang by way of on Thursday night time he didn’t hear the telephone entering into his pocket.
A second try from Laurence Gilman, the Toronto Maple Leafs assistant normal supervisor, reached him whereas on the out of doors ice at Harbourfront Centre with Molly — solely becoming for a single dad or mum who’s all the time making an attempt to strike a steadiness between his two loves.
“That’s just about my life,” Aberg stated Friday. “It’s her and hockey.”
After all, this explicit name arrived each with excellent news and a few problems.
The Leafs are heading out for a nine-day highway journey that can take them by way of St. Louis, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Aberg had been anticipating to be house this weekend for a pair of video games within the American Hockey League and instantly needed to pack.
As for Molly’s care, he’s in good fingers.
That is the second straight season the Swede has had his mom, Annethe, dwelling with him in North America to step in when his distinctive job calls for require it.
“She’s serving to out once I’m on the highway and when I’ve to sleep in and nap,” stated Aberg. “So, it’s working very well.”
A part of the attract for him in signing with Toronto over the summer time was stability. The Leafs confirmed extra curiosity than rival groups — providing him a $700,000, one-way contract — however they might additionally assure he’d dwell in the identical condominium whether or not he cracked the NHL roster or not as a result of solely two kilometres separates Scotiabank Area from the place the Marlies play.
Since Molly’s beginning, the 26-year-old winger has skated with Nashville, Milwaukee, Edmonton, Anaheim, San Diego and Minnesota. Final January, he was traded from the Geese to the Wild and that was a very robust transfer for his daughter.
“From plus-15 to 20 [Celsius] to minus-30 in a flight was one thing that Molly didn’t take very nicely,” he stated.
She’s since discovered to like the snow and their new house in Canada’s largest metropolis. One among Aberg’s favorite pastimes away from the rink is documenting their adventures collectively and a fast glimpse at his Instagram feed reveals that Molly is clearly the apple of his eye.