Maple Leafs made right decision keeping Rielly

Morgan Rielly. (Toronto Sun files)

Morgan Rielly. (Toronto Sun files)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:42 PM ET

There is an unspoken ritual that the Maple Leafs have whenever it is time to zoom off on a charter to an NHL rink near you.

It seems that when it comes time for players to depart the team bus at the airport, many of the veterans like to pour off first in order to be at the front of the line when dealing with the customs agents.

Morgan Rielly, just 19, is respectful of this. And, because of that, he has earned as much respect from his teammates off the ice as he has on it.

“Morgan usually is at the front of the bus,” defenceman Cody Franson explained on Thursday. “But the moment he sees someone like Orrsie (Colton Orr) get up so he can get off the bus fast to be one of the first to customs, Morgan will sit down and let the veterans go first.

“That’s Mo. He’s very humble. He listens and learns. And guys appreciate that.

“He’s going to do fine up here.”

Obviously, the Maple Leafs brass thinks so too.


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