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Leafs' Nylander, Kapanen uninjured in car accident


Reuters Last Updated at 08-12-2018 05:17:58 IST

A day after making his season debut, Toronto forward William Nylander was involved in a car accident while riding with teammate Kasperi Kapanen on Friday.

News of the accident was first reported just before 3 p.m. Toronto (Eastern) time, with the first reports that Nylander was "OK." Less than 20 minutes later, The Canadian Press hockey writer Joshua Clipperton reported both players were uninjured.

The accident occurred shortly after the players left the team's Lakeshore practice facility. Which player was driving the vehicle is unknown. A photo reportedly from the scene showed a red sedan with the passenger side front door looking like it took a sizeable impact.

NHL.com's Mike Zeisberger reported both players were on the team charter to Boston on Friday night and are expected to play Saturday against the Bruins.

Nylander signed a six-year contract worth more than $40 million on Saturday, just before the deadline for restricted free agents to sign. The 22-year-old had sat out this season in search of a new deal. He tallied 61 points in each of the last two seasons, and has 48 goals and 87 assists in 186 career games.

Kapanen, also 22, has 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 29 games this season. He played in a career-high 38 games last season, netting seven goals and adding two assists.

--Field Level Media

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