November 4, 2011
Gran's a fan, too!
By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency
Ben Scrivens learned the hard way not to leave out one of his favourite fans when doing a post-game television interview. Following his big NHL debut victory on Thursday night in Columbus, the 25-year-old Alberta native talked about how his parents were his biggest fans.
“My grandma left me a voice mail because I said my parents were my biggest fans,” said a smiling Scrivens. “She was pretty hurt by that. I called (my parents) when I got back and there was a pretty good party going on. It was great to talk to them. They were really pretty proud of me.”
Though he grew up outside of Edmonton, Scrivens said his favourite player growing up was former Leaf Felix (The Cat) Potvin.
“I kind of grew up idolizing the Leafs goalie,” Scrivens said. “He’d always have about a half-hour segment on (the Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em videos) because he made so many unbelievable saves. I was a big Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em fan and big Don Cherry fan growing up, so that kind of swayed me.”
Because he only learned he was making his first NHL start on the morning of the game, none of Scrivens’ family could make it to Columbus to see him in action.
“A lot of NHL Centre Ice packages were purchased,” Scrivens said with a laugh.
WHAT HOT SEAT?
Ron Wilson can’t go more than a couple practices without being asked about his future as coach of the Leafs. In the final year of his contract, both Wilson and general manager Brian Burke have repeatedly said his contract status is not a concern. On Friday, Wilson was asked yet again whether the quick start by his team had taken any heat away from him.
“I’m just doing my job,” Wilson said. “I didn’t feel uncomfortable before. I’ve been doing this for almost 20 years so I’m pretty comfortable in my own shoes and my own skin.”
Somewhat lost in Scrivens’ smashing debut was the two goals in two games from Joey Crabb since being called up by the Marlies.
“Any time you are putting up points, you get a lot of confidence,” said Crabb, who had seven goals and eight assists in nine AHL games. “The goal is to get to the NHL whether you are an older guy or a rookie and the way to do that is hard work.”
Wilson said Crabb did exactly what he was told to do when he was one of the Leafs’ final cuts in training camp.
“He played well in training camp and it was tough to send him down,” Wilson said. “The important thing for him was to go down and work really hard. We told him he’s still in our plans, get the job down there and if at some point things are working for you and we need to make a little change (he’d get the call.)”
Marlies defenceman Keith Aulie left his team’s game Thursday in Texas with a rib injury. Aulie didn’t practice with the team on Friday but is considered day-to-day. The team plays in San Antonio on Saturday ... Wilson on the resurgent play of defenceman Mike Komisarek this season. “He’s one of our best plus-minus people,” Wilson said. “It’s probably a disappointing thing to say to all the fans who spend all day online ripping the poor guy, but he’s got the job done. He’s comfortable and confident when he is on the ice. We are equally so in putting him on in situations because he’s getting the job done.”