Toronto Maple Leafs: Mitch Marner using platform to help front-line workers

Giving back to front-line workers, Mitch Marne is continuing the support the Toronto Maple Leafs have been providing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can bet the past few weeks have been tough for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but nothing compares to those who are working on the frontlines.

In the past, Mitch Marner has never been shy to lend a hand to those who need help, starting his foundation, the Marner Assist Fund. Now, he is exploring ways to use his platform to try and make a difference.

It started earlier this month when he sent out an Instagram post with a handwritten message to young hockey fans, encouraging them to talk to someone from Kids Help Phone if they needed help. A small gesture like this can go a long way for a child who might need that extra push and willingness to ask for help.

Along with that, the 22-year-old is making a push to do more through the Marner Assist Fund to help feed families by raising money for Second Harvest. On top of that, he is looking to raffle autographed memorabilia to get the tools first responders need that are in a shortage right now.

Not too long ago, John Tavares announced that the Leafs were making a donation to two hospitals. At a time like this, the players are taking the right approach by making sure they are putting a spotlight on what these people are going through.

“Just the amount of courage it takes to do it, it’s unbelievable,” Marner told Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston. “Obviously our nurses and doctors are doing a great job, and I think a lot of people are kind of forgetting about the delivery services [too]. I think everyone that’s risking their life to keep the rest of us going, it’s a huge thank you to you.

“Without you guys and without what you’re doing a lot of things would be going wrong.”

Marner also admits this period of self-isolation has allowed him to reflect on the season and his performance in general. He admits that it took time to get himself playing to his standards and that the ankle injury impacted this as well.

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Now, all we can do is wait and see what happens next and thankfully, Leafs players are making use of their time.

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