Welcome home! Toronto native Wayne Simmonds is returning to his roots after signing with the Leafs during this year’s free agency frenzy.\nThe winger signed a one-year deal for $1.5 million and joins the likes of John Tavares, Jason Spezza, and most recently TJ Brodie, who also returned home to play in Toronto as unrestricted free agents.\nSimmonds' new teammates Marner, Hyman, Andersen, Spezza, and Nylander have already reached out to welcome him.\nAnd fans are excited to see what a tough player like Simmonds can do here in Toronto on a team that’s been criticized for not having enough grit.\nBut it’s Simmonds himself, who was born and raised in Scarborough, that seems the happiest about his return.\nIf you don't love this player already, his feelings for Toronto and his off-ice initiatives will surely win you over.\nEditor's Choice: You Can Explore Over 1 Million Lights At Toronto’s Magical Christmas Drive-Thru\nHe's only got eyes for Toronto\nView this post on Instagram Wayne Simmonds is coming home! A post shared by Toronto Maple Leafs (@mapleleafs) on Oct 9, 2020 at 9:34am PDT\nHaving grown up in the 6ix, Simmonds was keen on returning to his hometown. So keen, in fact, that he left more money on the table in Montreal to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs.\nHe got married at Toronto's Four Seasons Hotel\nCrystal and Wayne SimmondsLooking back at Crystal and Wayne Simmonds' beautiful wedding from this past summer on this #WeddingWednesday. It was a day and night filled with lively celebrations. 👰🤵 (Video: Corinne McDonald Films)Posted by Four Seasons Hotel Toronto on Wednesday, January 23, 2019\nIn the summer of 2018, Wayne and his wife Crystal tied the knot and the ceremony looked incredible.\nHe's a dad\nHappy 4th bday to jax my first born #OGStatus pic.twitter.com/eTvkCC7yM9— Wayne Simmonds (@Simmonds17) September 20, 2017\nWhether he's celebrating his dogs' birthdays or taking his baby Kori to hang out with Uncle PK Subban, Simmonds looks like he's got the Dad thing down.\nHe has many fond memories at Scarborough Town Centre\nView this post on Instagram I’ve never routed for the Leafs in my life for good reason. But this upcoming NHL season I’ll be sending all positive vibes to the team due to one particular individual. My Hockey mother is excited about the news as well!! 😀 Welcome home Rudebwoy Mr. Simmonds!!! 🖤🚂🥅🏒💪🏾🙏🏾 #mapleleafs #leafsnation #17 #WayneSimmonds #WayneTrain #soulonice #scarborough #eastsideallday A post shared by Ro Dolla (@arfocolours) on Oct 12, 2020 at 5:22pm PDT\nIn a post from The Players Tribune, Simmonds shares some of his sweetest and earliest Toronto memories, like having his dad take him skating behind the Scarborough Town Centre.\nIt was in that very spot, at six years old, when Wayne decided to get into hockey.\n"After that, it’s all I thought about. I kept telling my parents how bad I wanted to play, but I had no idea how expensive it was," he wrote.\n"My dad was a construction worker. My mom was a secretary. They had five kids in the house to feed. Hockey was too expensive. It was way too expensive, actually. It was crazy."\n"But they signed me up anyway."\nHe made his NHL debut in LA\nView this post on Instagram The Wayne Train 🚂 receives a standing ovation in his return to Philadelphia. Assuming he got a few chirps from some of his ex-teammates as well A post shared by Drunk Gritty (@drunkgritty00) on Jun 8, 2020 at 10:51am PDT\nA second-round draft pick for the Los Angeles Kings in 2007, Simmonds has since played for teams like the Philadelphia Flyers, Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils, and Buffalo Sabres.\nHe's part of the Hockey Diversity Alliance\nSupport the Hockey Diversity Alliance by purchasing your own #ChangeHockeyCulture apparel. Grab your gear at https://t.co/mFhDTxPmRA #PuckRacism pic.twitter.com/63yiAJlMnx— Wayne Simmonds (@Simmonds17) June 26, 2020\nAlongside fellow hockey players Akim Aliu, Evander Kane, Trevor Daley, Matt Dumba, Joel Ward, and Chris Stewart, Simmonds is actively working to eradicate systemic racism and intolerance in hockey.\nHis nickname is "The Wayne Train"\npic.twitter.com/QKAgyBs3— Wayne Simmonds (@Simmonds17) December 3, 2012\nNow you know how to cheer him on properly when you watch the games. All aboard the Wayne Train, choo-choo!