December 27, 2016
Greg Boysen

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Jeremy Bracco was a surprising last minute cut for Team USA just before the start of last year’s World Junior Championship.  Some felt that it was punishment from USA Hockey for leaving Boston College and the NCAA to play for the Kitchener Rangers in the Ontario Hockey League, but we know how the US values size over skill.

Bracco finally got to make his WJC debut on Monday afternoon and it just happened to be at the Air Canada Center; a building Leafs fans are hoping to see a lot of good things from Bracco in!

“Before the game, I just kind of walked out and looked around and realized the history of what it means to be a Toronto Maple Leaf,” Bracco said on Monday. “It’s pretty special for me and hopefully I can be here for years to come. Watching some of my buddies play here now, it’s a historic franchise and it’s pretty exciting.”

Bracco contributed with a goal in the United States’ 6-1 win over Latvia with a late third period power play goal. 

Image Credit: USHL