The yin and yang of playing in Toronto

Players in Toronto skate in front of rabid fans and full houses, but also must deal with the constant scrutiny that comes with being the best show in town.

Updated: December 24, 2003, 11:22 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

TORONTO -- Tom Fitzgerald has seen them at his 9-year-old son's hockey games, whispering, pointing.

"There he is, Fitzgerald's son."

"I'm like, 'he's a mini-celebrity,'" says Fitzgerald.

Though he's a veteran fourth-liner who has managed to score slightly more than one goal every 10 games during his career, Fitzgerald still has to politely establish ground rules when he goes to watch his son at the local rink. He'll stop for autographs and pictures, but not during the ...

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