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A great Hockey story....
This was emailed to me today and I wanted to share it with my fellow hockey fans here on Pinstack.....
"In the middle of a grueling six game road trip where a very young hockey team is away from home, the third game of the trip ends late on
a cold Canadian Saturday night. This is the only break on the trip and the three days between games allow them the only chance to get
back home in their own beds for a couple of days before going back on the road. A scheduled commercial flight waits for them at Toronto 's
International Airport for the short flight home; they could be home by midnight. This plane departs on schedule, but without a single member
of the hockey team.
Back in the locker room a vote is taken after the game was complete, and a unanimous decision is made by this young team to skip
this flight and stay one more day. They make arrangements to check back in the hotel and on a frozen Sunday morning charter two buses
that have no heat and begin a journey two hours straight north into sparsely inhabited Canada , but where hockey is its passion.
They arrive at their destination to the surprise of the teams general manager who is there attending his fathers wake.
After a few emotional hours, this team boards the buses and head back for a two-hour trip back to Toronto . On the way they ask the
drivers to stop in a tiny Canadian town because they are hungry. To the shock of the patrons and workers at this small hockey town
McDonald's, a professional team walks out of two rickety buses and into the restaurant, which just happens to have pictures of
two members of this team on its wall. The patrons know every single one of these players by sight being fanatic fans of hockey in
these parts. One can only imagine their amazement of the locals seeing and entire professional hockey team sit down and have a meal in
their tiny little town in the middle of a hockey season. After a while they board the buses and catch their same flight 24 hours later,
giving one day to their general manager.
Is this an excerpt from some fictional book? No this a true story of the Blackhawks last Saturday night and they decided to attend
Dale Tallon's fathers funeral. Its amazing that such a good story can be found nowhere on the internet, and not even mentioned in the
Chicago papers. Had one of the Blackhawks got into a fight and punched some drunken loser in a Toronto bar it would be plastered all over
the papers and the television.
This being said, its hard to imagine any professional football, basketball or baseball team doing this, but the members of the Blackhawks
claim any "hockey" team would have done this."
I'm a Chicago area native and while hockey is not my favorite sport, I still enjoy following all the teams as I have moved around the country.
Great to hear an uplifting story out of Chicago, especially with all the not-so-good news making headlines the past couple of days!
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