To start the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs lost five of their last eight games. A few key players stepped up during the game against the Chicago Blackhawks to motivate the team towards the 3-2 overtime win. At the end of the first period, the Maple Leafs were down 2-0 and their group morale was low. William Nylander stepped up in the locker room after the first with a motivating speech to help shift the Leafs momentum. Maple Leafs captain John Tavares was able to generate a goal for his team during the second period, with David Kämpf scoring in the third and William Nylander scoring the game winner in overtime to win the game for the Leafs.
Research suggests the great significance that leadership can have within a team’s success. Leadership roles are an important factor in team success and all players can demonstrate qualities of leadership. Since Nylander isn’t given a captain or assistant captain role on the team, his informal leadership through his motivational words and goal scoring capabilities may have helped the team to secure the win. John Tavares, being the formal captain of the team, was also able to put a point up for the team to allow them to win the game. Leadership within the Toronto Maple Leafs organization during the game against the Chicago Blackhawks allowed them to gain the momentum they needed for them to win the game.