10/26/2013 07:22 EDT | Updated 12/26/2013 05:12 EST

Exploring David Clarkson's Toronto roots

David Clarkson was a Maple Leafs fan growing up, and now he's got a chance to play for his hometown team. 

The rugged Toronto native — and the Leafs' biggest off-season acquisition — showed Hockey Night in Canada's Andi Petrillo in an exclusive interview around his favourite haunts growing up and talked about what they meant to him as a kid. 

Clarkson suited up for his first regular-season game as a member of the Blue & White on Friday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets after just serving a 10-game suspension.

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