ST. LOUIS – Tyler Bozak may not have courtside views like his former wingman Mitch Marner and longtime teammate Nazem Kadri, but nine winters working in Toronto turned him into a fan of the Maple Leafs’ Scotiabank Arena roommates.
Bozak was the longest-tenured Maple Leafs player until he joined the St. Louis Blues last summer in free agency, but he’s kept a close eye on the Toronto Raptors’ run.
Much like the resilient Blues, the Raptors fell behind in at least two of their playoff series en route to the championship.
“The Raps are awesome. I was watching that game,” said Bozak, referring to the Eastern Conference clincher at home over the Milwaukee Bucks.
“I’m a fan after spending the time I did in Toronto. They were the team I cheered for. I’m happy for the city and them being in this position.
“That was a cool moment for the city.”
With the NHL purposely scheduling its championship games on the NBA Finals’ off nights, Bozak, happy to fly back from Boston with a split, is hopeful to root on the Raps’ first Finals game from the comforts of his new home, in a town equally buzzing with playoff fever.
“I’ll tune if I have the chance – if my kids let me,” Bozak said. “I don’t see them too much.”