Leaf fans know all too well the saga of Carlo Colaiacovo. A high Leaf draft pick with tons of expectations thrown his way, only to see his career sidelined by injury after injury. Still only 25 years of age, he hopes to put all the setbacks behind him and emerge as a new Leaf star on the blueline. With the recent departure of Bryan McCabe, Carlo should see plenty of ice time both even strength and powerplay to show what he can do.
Recently as I relaxed with both Carlo and his twin brother Paolo playing Guitar Hero, we talked about the upcoming season.
I watch Carlo as he rips through a rendition of Pearl Jam's Evenflo, and I note how much more muscular his arms look. I ask him if he's been working out even harder this summer. He winks, slowly smiles and says "well, what do you think?" Paolo laughs and says "yeah, my bro is ripped"
To prove his point, Carlo removes his t-shirt and my jaw literally drops. This is one fine male specimen before me. "Go ahead, try and find some fat". As I run my fingers along his torso, I admit I can't find an ounce of fat on the guy. Carlo smiles "Nice huh?" and I have to admit that yes, I am VERY impressed.
The new look Colaiacovo was on display for all to see Monday night, and early reports are very positive. Carlo hit hard, skated hard, and was generally the best player on the ice all night long. The future bodes well for this young man who has worked so very hard to regain his form. A tandem of Kaberle - Colaiacovo on the Leaf powerplay this upcoming season could reap benefits not seen since the days before McCabe became a shadow of his former self. The sky is the limit, that much is certain for Colaiacovo. With his new dedication to his training, Leaf fans can all collectively hope his days of injury are over.