Islanders fans weren’t happy with coronary heart John Tavares in July when he left the group to be a part of the Maple Leafs and it seems to be like like nothing has modified.
Tavares was booed mercilessly on Thursday in his return to Nassau Memorial Coliseum.
It started sooner than the game when the Leafs had been out on the rink for warmups.
The boo birds are out early for John Tavares in warm-ups pic.twitter.com/lCY6Yhh6Fk
— SNY (@SNYtv) February 28, 2019
It continued as a fan threw a Tavares jersey onto the ice in the course of the pregame skate.
A fan threw a sweater at John Tavares when he exited the ice after warmups.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 28, 2019
And the jeers saved going when he was launched all through pregame introductions. Some fans went as far as to chant “We don’t need you” from the stands.
“We don’t need you” is the mantra shut to the Toronto tunnel as Leafs put collectively to come out for warm-up
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) February 28, 2019
Tavares left the Islanders to sign a seven-year, $77 million contract with the Maple Leafs this offseason.
He talked about he knew he was going to be in a hostile ambiance, nonetheless expressed pleasure for Thursday’s matchup between two potential playoff teams.
“It’s hard to believe we’re back here for an NHL hockey game, a game that has a lot of meaning,” he talked about, via TSN. “Certainly, the set-up is a little different, but it’s a special building. I love this place.”