The Toronto Maple Leafs are in Minnesota this week to take on the Wild and on an off day, they were hit with the perfect weather to practice outside.

Despite a tough loss last night, the team decided to have some fun as well. They organized what they’re calling “The Six Tournament”, because Jake Gardiner’s is from Minnesota originally and apparently they call him Six because his number adds up to six.

Gardiner’s father was also on hand to do the ceremonial puck drop.

In the end, the team including Nazem Kadri, Morgan Rielly, Connor Brown and Kasperi Kapanen ending up taking home the trophy. Apparently this was the worst case scenario for Jake Gardiner. For his inaugural hometown tournament, he ended up losing to the worst group possible for him.

Gardiner is especially close with Kadri and Rielly, so to have them on the winning end was worst case scenario.

As rattled as he was that those two one, he clearly had a good time overall.


The first annual “Six Cup” was a success. Brings back some great memories as a kid playing pond hockey. #coachjohn

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