David Clarkson and Other Disappointing Hometown Heroes

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David Clarkson hasn’t had the first season he expected with his hometown Maple Leafs. (Claus Andersen//Getty Images)

Growing up watching an NHL team is one thing. Having the chance to sign with that same team is a dream come true – or at least it’s supposed to be. David Clarkson had that opportunity prior to the 2013-14 season when the Toronto Maple Leafs signed the forward to a hefty contract – one that many believed was too rich.

One the only situations that could ruin that ‘dream come true’ is not performing for your childhood team. That – unfortunately for Clarkson – is also something that he’s experienced in 2013-14.

My latest piece, looks at some of the biggest under-performing hometown players. The list includes Clarkson, Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, and others that have signed and return home only to disappoint the hometown fans.

For the full (not-so-disappointing) list, check out the full story.

David Clarkson and Other Disappointing Hometown Heroes – Published on The Hockey Writers


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