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This weeks events !! Maple Leafs !!

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WOW what a week !!

First I got to participate in the Toronto Maple Leafs/Coke Zero Ambush on Wednesday night. Got to meet Leafs Alumni Wendel Clark and Brad May who were doing a signing in the Ice Sports Oshawa lobby. Then I got to skate the game between the DFP Ice Hawks and the Beavers with Cody Franson and John-Michael Liles coaching the Ice Hawks and Mike Komisarek and Jake Gardiner coaching the Beavers. Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV was there as the Master of Ceremonies and Andy Frost, the Maple Leafs PA Announcer and Q107 Legend, did the announcing of the goals and penalties. At the end of the game both Paul Hendrick and Andy Frost took the time to pose for photos with me. It was an awesome night that only got better a couple of nights later.
Saturday night I got to skate the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni versus the Whitby Dunlops Alumni game at Iroquois Park in Whitby. Game time was 6:30 but we got there around 5:00. I skated this game last year but this year was much different. The Whitby Dunlops allowed us to set up a table in the lobby to sell some cards and memorabilia so we set that up. I then got told that the game officials, of which I was one, were going to dress in the Maple Leafs dressing room. OMG This was freaking awesome. So here I am on my side of the room getting my gear on with Jack Valiquette ('Black Jack' was our referee), Gary Leeman, Gary Roberts, Brad Marsh, Tom Fergus and Dan Daoust. The other side had Brad May, Darryl Shannon, Craig Muni, Rob Pearson and Jimmy Jones getting dressed for the game. I didn't know whether to get dressed or keep talking to these guys. Anyway we go out for the game and Gary Roberts cuts into the middle and fires a rocket into the top right corner for the games opening goal and a taste of what was still to come. The Dunnies Alumni are no pylons and they were skating a good game but the kid filling in between the pipes did a stellar job of keeping Whitby down. One of the many highlights was the move Brad May put on the Dunnies keeper on a penalty shot I asked the keeper when I picked the puck up from him before the shot if he was looking forward to it. He wasn't and I said to Brad after the shot that the keeper was crapping his drawers before he took the shot. Brad thought it was a cheesy move to make on the shot but the fans loved it. As much fun as the game was I was more impressed and enjoyed the conversations with the Leafs players who were so classy. Jack Valiquette was phenominal . Not only was he polite and very easy to talk to he stayed on the ice with us during the intermissions to skate with the Timbits kids games. After the game we were heading out and I introduced Jack to my wife. He even remembered her name when he said goodnight to us a couple of hours later after dinner at Baton Rouge. There was no ego here, he was simply a genuine person who enjoyed watching and talking hockey both the pros and minor hockey in Ontario. Most of the guys signed a couple of jerseys for us that we are auctioning off on eBay this week with proceeds going to the Whitby Dunlops Hockey Club and the four charities that we support .
It was surely a couple of nights to remember for me and our store did well too as the table in the lobby generated a hefty $750 in sales so it was a good night for our charities .


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