Williams answers the call

ROB LONGLEY and MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

Let this be a lesson to all those who are a little too liberal in their use of call display.

An "unknown caller" came through on Jeremy Williams' cell phone on Monday night when he was out to dinner with some Toronto Marlies teammates.

His first instinct was to blow it off. But on second thought, he took the call and found Leafs general manager John Ferguson on the other end asking him to suit up for last night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"It was a private call and sometimes I don't answer them but I'm really happy I answered that one," Williams said after scoring his first NHL goal on his first NHL shot in his first NHL game.

Called up along with John Pohl to replace injured Nik Antropov and Jeff O'Neill last night, Williams blasted a slap shot over the shoulder of Penguins goaltender Sebastien Caron for a memorable big-league scoring debut.

"As I got the puck and went by the bench I think every guy yelled: 'Shoot,' " said Williams, Toronto's fifth choice, 220th overall in the 2003 draft. "I looked over at (Matt Stajan) and said: 'Sorry buddy, I've got to shoot this one.' "

The former Swift Current Bronco was congratulated by assistant coach Keith Acton.

"He said: 'Not a lot of people can say their first goal is a nice one,' " Williams said. "I'm really happy it's not one that went off a shin pad. It's really something special."

LOOSE LEAFS

A contingent of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. officials, including Bob Hunter, Tom Anselmi and Darryl Sittler, made a presentation to Hockey Canada in Calgary yesterday in an effort to land the 2009 world junior hockey championship for Toronto ... Leafs goaltending prospect Justin Pogge is on the hot seat tonight when his Calgary Hitmen meet the Moose Jaw Warriors in the seventh and deciding game of their WHL playoff series. Pogge has faced 118 shots in the past three games ... The Leafs yesterday signed University of Minnesota Golden Gophers defenceman Chris Harrington to an entry-level contract. Harrington, 23, registered 36 points in 40 games for the Gophers. Chris's father, John Harrington, was a member of the "Miracle on Ice" 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team.


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