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Tyler Toffoli named the NHL’s First Star of the Week

Toffoli trod all over his former team with a season breakout.

Montreal Canadiens v Vancouver Canucks Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images

Playing well in his first few games with the Montreal Canadiens but not having any goals to show for it, it seemed just a matter of time before the offence started flowing for Tyler Toffoli. It turns out all he needed was to revisit his previous team, the Vancouver Canucks, exploding for five goals to pace all players last week.

In the seven-day stretch from January 18 to 24, he also added three assists, bringing his total for the four games to eight points. The run included a hat trick in his first game in Vancouver, followed up with a two-goal effort the next night. He notched at least one point in all four games he played.

Toffoli took a bit of extra time in free agency before making the decision on where to play next. In the end, he chose to join the Canadiens. Currently the leading scorer on a team tied atop the NHL’s standings, it’s looking like a great decision for player and club.

University of Montreal Health Centre (CHUM) respiratory therapist Virginie Hébert was also named the NHL’s first star of the week alongside Toffoli. Throughout the 2020-21 season the NHL is celebrating the remarkable efforts of the off-ice stars who make it possible for the NHL to play their games amid a pandemic by honouring frontline healthcare heroes from the regions represented by the League’s weekly and monthly “Stars.”

Hébert has been a respiratory therapist (RT) since 2017, working to maintain, restore or assist airway function for people who have difficulty breathing. During the pandemic, she has distinguished herself by giving additional trainings to colleagues to share the latest protocols and procedures to follow during this critical period, in order to keep patients and staff safe as well as reduce the risk of virus transmission. For the past 10 months, Hébert and her colleagues have been working selflessly, alongside doctors and other healthcare professionals, to help treat and hopefully save coronavirus patients experiencing respiratory distress.

Hébert’s commitment to her practice as well as to her patients have made her an invaluable frontline healthcare hero within CHUM’s respiratory therapy team.