Jake Muzzin hit a pair of milestones Wednesday night in Toronto’s 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.
First, it was Muzzin’s 100th regular season game with the Leafs since joining the team in a trade from Los Angeles in January 2019. The Woodstock-born defenceman has 12 goals and 50 points during that span, plus a pair of assists in nine playoff games.
Muzzin, who turns 32 Sunday, assisted on both of Toronto’s goals Wednesday, giving him 10 on the season and 200 helpers in 596 regular season games.
The former Stanley Cup champion is scheduled to play his 600th regular season game Feb. 24 against Calgary. Muzzin and Justin Holl have been a steady presence on the Leafs’ improved blue-line this season.
“I think every guy us buying in a little bit more,” he said in comments to media this week. “Five guys on the ice committing to playing strong and structured in the (defensive) zone. We’ve got five guys around the net protecting the middle, clearing pucks out, and going from there. It’s always an area we’re looking to get better at and improve. We want to help Freddie (Andersen) and our goalies out as much as we can. It’s something that we’ve talked about, and we’re looking to improve on every game.”
Woodstock’s Cody Sol has six points in 16 games in his first full season with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades.
The six-foot-six blueliner joined the team Jan. 2, 2020, in a trade with Cincinnati. Sol appeared in 28 games with the Estero, Fla.-based team last season and scored six goals and added four assists.
Sol, 30, was the Atlanta Thrashers’ fifth-round pick in 2009. He’s spent the majority of his professional career in the ECHL, where he’s tallied 45 goals and 150 points in 445 games with Florida, Cincinnati, Toledo, Fort Wayne, Ontario and Colorado. Sol has also played 28 games in the American Hockey League, scoring once and adding three assists in 28 games with Chicago and St. John’s.
Florida (17-5-0-1) is second in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of Indy but with three more games played.
There aren’t many junior leagues currently operating in the country, but Woodstock’s Oliver Wieringa is playing in one.
Wieringa, 21, has two goals and six points in 12 games with the Bridgewater, N.S.-based South Shore Lumberjacks in the Maritime Junior Hockey League.
After playing for Norwich (PJHL) and St. Marys (GOJHL), the six-foot-five defenceman spent two seasons in the U.S. playing for the Ogden Mustangs, where he had 28 goals and 65 points in 94 games with the Western States Hockey League club.