Hyman says goodbye to Leafs Nation in personal letter

All the best, Zach!


In case you missed it earlier today, the Edmonton Oilers signed free agent forward Zach Hyman to a seven year contract worth $5.5 million annually, ending his five year career with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs.

Before leaving though, Hyman himself penned a short article for The Athletic, thanking Leafs fans for his time in Toronto.

Check it out:

Dear Leafs Nation,
February 29th, 2016, is a date I’ll never forget.
It was the day of my first ever NHL game and the day I officially became a Toronto Maple Leaf. I’ll always remember pausing before putting my jersey on for the first time and reflecting on how special and lucky I was.
Ever since I was a kid my dream was to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs. And in that moment, it became reality.
Like most of you, I grew up a Leafs fan. I went to games at the ACC and idolized my favorite Leafs like Mats Sundin, Gary Roberts, and Darcy Tucker. I cheered on the team through the exciting playoff runs of the early 2000s and the disappointing years when we didn’t make the playoffs.
Because I grew up here, I understood how incredibly lucky I was to have the opportunity to play for the Leafs. I knew that I wasn’t just living out my dream but the dreams of all my friends and of every little kid that falls in love with his team.
Throughout my time in Toronto I can undoubtedly say that every time I put on that sweater I gave everything I had. I want to thank all of you for supporting me, motivating me, and believing in me.
The passion that exudes from Leafs Nation is contagious, and its one of the best places in the world to play because you guys care. So thank you for your continued support, thank you for investing yourselves in the team, and thank you for making a Toronto boy’s dream come true.
I’m excited about joining the Edmonton Oilers in the next chapter of my life, but I’ll always call Toronto home.
Zach Hyman

All the best in Edmonton, Zach!