Cameras caught him and Marner entering Air Canada Centre last winter in a peacoat-fedora combo that made them look like baby-faced mobsters. And while Babcock conferred with officials during a game against Vancouver last November, the pair passed the time by singing Bon Jovi with the home crowd.
He broke team rookie marks for goals (40) and points (69), earned 164 of 167 first-place Calder Trophy votes and led the Leafs from last place in 2015–16 into the playoffs. Even his new tattoo fueled offseason chatter in the city for days. (“Took my family crest and made it more realistic,” Matthews explains of the crowned lion that sheaths his right shoulder.) “Obviously,” says Toronto native Zach Hyman, Matthews’s usual left winger, “everybody in the city loves him.”
Campbell is motivated by the mundane. He complimented the band, the dance team and, of course, the Iowa State fans on Saturday in addition the school’s cross country teams for winning Big 12 titles.
“That’s what makes Iowa State special,” Campbell said. “It’s not about any one of us. It’s about all of us.”
Campbell said he knew the messages of the coaching staff had taken hold last offseason when the Cyclones began to “take ownership,” staging unscheduled conditioning sessions on weekend nights.
But this time, Frost figures to receive multiple phone calls after what he has done in a little less than two seasons with the Knights. His spread offense, with principles he learned under Chip Kelly, ranks in the top five in the nation in total offense, and No. 1 in scoring offense. UCF is the only undefeated Group of 5 team remaining, and as Frost has risen, his name has come up beyond just Nebraska.