By Tony Ambrogio (@SNTonyAmbrogio)
Paul Ranger looked at his Maple Leafs jersey, pointed to his crest and told the media, “I’m proud to be here. I’m so proud to be here.”
It has been quite a journey for the 28 year-old Whitby, Ontario native who looks to make a return to the NHL after nearly four years away.
“I never had any doubts. I never had any doubt in my mind,” said Ranger after the first day of training camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Ranger last played an NHL game October 22, 2009. He played more than 17 minutes on the Tampa Bay Lightning blueline that night – a game he failed to register a point in, as his team won 5-2 over San Jose. A couple of days later, he told the team he was going to take a leave of absence for personal reasons. It was the last time he played for the Lightning.
While he politely declined to get into specifics when he met the media on Wednesday, the 28 year-old insists he’s ready to resume his NHL career now. After spending some time co...