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