Call-up forward Tim Brent will play in Maple Leafs final regular season game

MONTREAL – Call-up forward Tim Brent will play in the Toronto Maple Leafs final regular season game, against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

He was called up Friday from the Marlies, the team’s AHL affiliate.

“We’re rewarding him,” said coach Ron Wilson. “We had one call-up left and we’re using it.”

Brent, who signed as a free agent with the Leafs last summer, missed four months of the season after tearing a pectoral muscle in a pre-season game in Pittsburgh. He has still managed to score 11 goals and 15 assists in 32 games with the Marlies.

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“It’s nice to get a game in,” said Brent. “I want to show the organization I can play.”

The 26-year-old was selected by Anaheim 75th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. The native of Cambridge, Ont., has appeared in 18 regular season NHL games, recording one goal.

“This is the team I grew up rooting for,” Brent said. “It’s a dream to play here, especially in Montreal. It’s such a huge rivalry.”