It's been quite the year for Toronto Maple Leafs forward John Tavares. 

Of course being named captain of the most iconic franchise in hockey history is at the top of it, however it's a close second to a real life event. 

Tavares welcomed to the world his first child, a boy by the name of Jace just a couple of months ago and it's obviously been a profound event in Tavares' life. 

Being on the road with a newborn at home can be tough so JT has figured out a way to bring the thought of him everywhere he goes.

Tavares now has "Jacer" written on the top of his stick. 

"It's just a lot more than about you now, life in general, so just always nice to feel him with you, especially with how much we go on the road & travel, just always a nice friendly reminder"

Tavares has yet to score a goal with "Jacer" on his stick, so when it comes, it's probably going to be a hat trick!


Source: Mark Masters Twitter