He made a name for himself during the 2014 NHL preseason, but Toronto Maple Leafs‘ rookie Brandon Kozun had to wait a little while longer to net his first NHL goal, the only Leafs goal in a 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.
With the Hurricanes leading 1-0 late in the first period, Leafs’ forward David Booth moved the puck to Kozun along the right wall. Kozun skated the puck into the Hurricanes zone, then fed a pass back to Booth, who tipped the puck towards Carolina goaltender, Cam Ward. The puck hit the post, shooting out directly to the right side of the net to a waiting Kozun.
Brandon Kozun on 1st NHL goal: “It felt good. Something you work for your entire life. To get the chance to do that is pretty special.”
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) February 21, 2015
Kozun was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Draft. He spent three-and-a-half seasons in that organization before being dealt by the Kings to the Leafs in January of 2014. The Los Angeles, CA native has spent most of the 2014-15 season with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, and is currently in his third tour of duty with the Leafs this season.