Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Toronto Maple Leafs IP

The Toronto Maple Leafs are at CFB Trenton for the next 3 days on a team building exercise and their practices are open to the public.  Trenton, ON is obviously Leaf country as there were so many people out that they had to let people in to view the practice in 20 minute shifts.  Autographs at the arena were really not happening.  David Steckel was the only player to come out and sign for people.  We thought the day was done, but we lucked out in our parking spot in that the bus went out right in front of us.  We had to go in the same direction as the bus to go home anyway, so we just lagged behind it a bit.  It pulled off into the mess hall on the base and it was open to the public there as well.  We lucked out really and got most of the team to sign for us there. 
Dion Phaneuf is a true class act.  I mean, all of the Leaf players were super nice, but Dion really stood out for me.  He even thanked the lunch ladies at the mess hall for lunch on his way out.  He was the last person to board the bus after signing for everyone.  Way to go Dion!  That is the way a true captain should be.

Nazem Kadri signed this puck.
Carl Gunnarsson signed puck.
Jonas Gustavsson signed McFarlane.  I was hoping he would add "The Monster" inscription but it was busy.
Colby Armstrong signed puck.   @armdog on twitter
Joffrey Lupul signed puck.  @jlupul on twitter
Jake Gardiner signed puck.

John-Michael Liles, David Steckel and Nikolai Kulemin.
James Reimer, Dion Phaneuf and Mike Komisarek.  @mkomisarek on twitter
Tim Connolly, Phil Kessel and Mikhail Grabovski.

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