[b]Lightning prospect Tokarski does nothing but win[/b]
(National Post) The 19-year-old goaltender obsessively taps his posts and his chest. And during every stoppage in play, he pokes the top of his net twice with the blade of his stick.
"That kid must take forever to wash his hands," one fan observed after watching Tokarski mind the Spokane Chiefs' net during a Western Hockey League game last season.
Like baseball player Nomar Garciaparra's ritual of adjusting and readjusting his gloves before every pitch, Tokarski's habits can be enervating to watch.
But as much as his twitchiness makes him appear unsettled, it also puts him in a comfort zone.
"I've been doing that ever since I was 13 years old," he says.
Tokarski has also made a habit of winning.[/quote]
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