When the Kings were on their way to their first Stanley Cup win early in 2012, Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli weren’t the best of friends.
Pearson was the leading scorer for the Barrie Colts, and Toffoli the leader of the Ottawa 67’s. To hear Pearson tell it, there were some one-on-one confrontations in those Ontario Hockey League days.
“There was definitely a few,” Pearson said. “I, obviously, was on the upper hand.”
Pearson can laugh about it because of how their careers have played out. They were drafted by the Kings, became teammates with the minor league Manchester Monarchs and then valuable members of the Kings’ 2014 Cup...