Biggs sorry he brought it up

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

TORONTO - The urge to upchuck was a most unusual excuse to cut short a media scrum, but Tyler Biggs was being dead honest.

Toronto’s fighting forward first-rounder was giving his initial impressions of life at the Leafs’ prospect camp, when his answers became shorter and he looked increasingly uncomfortable leaning against a wall of the MasterCard Centre. It seems he hadn’t waited long enough to recover from the punishing wingate test on a stationary bike.

“You want to do as well as possible and show them what you’ve got,” Biggs said to a bank of TV cameras, before breaking away with “I’m sorry, I’m about to throw up.”

And he walked right off camera, looking for the nearest garbage can.

In the stands was Don Biggs, his father, former minor leaguer and extra in the mid-’80s movie Youngblood.

Before he became ill, Biggs added: “It’s pretty surreal, just being in the practice rink. (The past nine days) have been an emotional rollercoaster for my family and I and we’re taking it all in. The experience in the next year is going to be awesome.”

Biggs is slated to start at the University of Miami (Ohio) next season.

Born on July 4

Defence prospect Jake Gardiner is used to a much bigger July 4 birthday splash than this.

The native of Deephaven, Minn., always shares his big day with Uncle Sam, but his 21st passed quietly at the MasterCard Centre on Monday.

“I’m doing the wingate test and that’s about it,” laughed Gardiner, who was a big part of the Francois Beauchemin deal with Anaheim last winter.

“When I was younger, my parents would always have families over on July 4. We live on a lake so there were always lots of fireworks, so it was a cool thing every year. They always told me (July 4) was all for me, until I started getting older.”

Gardiner will not return to the University of Wisconsin this season, either headed to the Leafs or the AHL Marlies and intending to finish his finance degree in the summer.


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