||London, Ontario, Canada
||January 30, 2006
||June 25, 2016
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I have two favourite sporting events. One as an adult and the other as a child. The most entertaining sporting event I ever saw as an adult was January 9, 1986. Toronto Maple Leafs at home versus the Edmonton Oilers, 99, Mess, Coffey, and the rest of the boys. At this point in my life I had seasons tickets for the Leafs, I lived in London Ontario, about 2 hrs west of Toronto and as a result sold most of my seats to friends who lived closer to Toronto. I kept tickets for 5 or six games that year and thankfully that was one of them. The Leafs led 5-1 at the end of the first period. The Oilers tied the game at 6, and early in the 3rd, Edmonton led 8-7. Final score 11-9 Toronto! We almost blew the roof off the Carlton Street Cashbox that night. When I was only 7 years old, living near Toronto, my mother and father threw us kids into the car, drove us to Malton (now Pearson) International Airport. From there, we flew to Montreal, Mom, Dad, my 3 sisters, my brother and I. We watched the Expos play the Astros in a double header. We picniced in the park outside Jarry Park before the games, went for a swim in the pool just beyond the right field fence, and most importantly got Rusty Staub's autograph. I still have it! We flew back to Toronto the same night, we even got to go sit in the cockpit of the Air Canada jet. That's something that wouldn't happen today! It was the first time any of us, my parents included, had been on a plane. Way too cool. I've seen the Leafs 4 times at the Air Canada Centre, each time as the guest of friends in their private box. It's the only way to fly, if you can afford it. I've seen plenty of NFL games in Detroit and Buffalo, C.F.L. games in Olympic Stadium, Frank Clair Stadium, C.N.E. Stadium and Skydome(Rogers Centre). My family had seasons seats for the Blue Jays for the first 8 years of their existence. I could only guess at how many games I attended, maybe 350? I go to Rogers Centre a couple of times a year for Jays games now, and Comerica Park to see the Tigers at least once a season. I've been to a Toronto Rock lacrosse game, entirely too much fun and entertainment. I've seen 2 N.B.A. games live, the Raptors home opener in MoPete's rookie season, and at The Palace of Auburn Hills, against the 76'ers, on the night the Pistons honoured Chuck Daly. My two sports loves are the Toronto Maple Leafs and the late, lamented Montreal Expos. May The 'Spo's rest in peace. Damn you Jeffrey Loria, Bud Selig, and the rest of you baseball bastards.
Senators acquire Phaneuf from Maple Leafs in nine-player deal: Dion Phaneuf is trading sides in the Battle of Ontario. A mammoth nine-player swap between the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs saw Phaneuf landing in the nationís capital, ending a turbulent run in Toronto that began with a similar blockbuster trade six years ago.
Leafs add a former 1st Rd pick in defender Jared Cowen, winger Milan Michalek, 2 youngish forward prospects in Colin Greening and Oscar Lindberg, as well as second-round draft pick in 2017. Ottawa also received AHL forwards Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey, Ryan Rupert and junior defenceman Cody Donaghey.
posted by tommytrump to hockey at 12:35 PM on February 09 - 5 comments
Kane, Bogosian dealt to Sabres for Myers, Stafford and prospects: Two players once considered cornerstones of the Winnipeg Jets future success are gone. The Jets traded forward Evander Kane and defenceman Zach Bogosian to the Buffalo Sabres in a massive NHL deal.
The Jets received immediate help in return, acquiring blueliner Tyler Myers and forward Drew Stafford The Jets also got prospects Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux and one of the Sabres' later first-round picks in this summer's NHL entry draft. The Jets will also surrender to Buffalo the rights to goalie Jason Kasdorf.
posted by tommytrump to hockey at 01:50 PM on February 11 - 1 comment
Canada defeats Russia 5-4 to claim first world junior hockey gold since 2009: You can breathe again, Canada.
Chances are you may still need to after what unfolded Monday at the world juniors, a gold-medal final that will be remembered as one of the most entertaining, crazy 60 minutes of hockey in a tournament filled with white knucklers over the years. Team Canada prevailed, but only barely, eking out a desperate 5-4 win after nearly blowing a four-goal lead in an ugly second period as Russia came storming back.
posted by tommytrump to hockey at 01:28 PM on January 06 - 2 comments