Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Great Story

Here is a great story!

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 break 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 a 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.


 Have I made this up, 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 papers and the



 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.  This is one reason I 

continue to  be a  big hockey fan, and another reason I am excited about this 

Chicago team.

  I thought I would share as this story appears to have gone unnoticed.



Thanks Bernie C. 

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