Two members of the Toronto Maple Leafs will unfortunately be forced to miss an upcoming road trip that is meant to bring players and their families closer together.
On Wednesday night the Leafs confirmed that both defensemen Roman Polak and Ron Hainsey would be absent from the game due to an ongoing viral infection, but after the game Mike Babcock confirmed their condition was rather serious.
The Maple Leafs' head coach has revealed that neither Polak nor Hainsey will be joining the team on their upcoming road trip due to the fact that both men, as well as their families who are in town to visit, spent the entire day vomiting. Given that news it's understandable why you would want to keep them away from the other players.
While this is clearly not great news for the Maple Leafs, it does come with a major silver lining. Leafs rookie defenseman Justin Holl was called upon on Wednesday night to fill in due to both Polak and Hainsey being out, and to say he shined would be an understatement. Holl was paired up with former Marlies teammate Travis Dermott on the blue line and that resulted both men recording the first goal of their National Hockey League careers, on top of what was already a fairly solid night from both of them.
It was an incredible moment for both of them as well as their fathers, who were in attendance, and now the Leafs will get an opportunity to see if this pairing is worth taking a longer look at.