Senators vs. Leafs '06

They call it the bat­tle for Ontario. The Ottawa Senators against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

One of the pub­lish­ers I deal with at work schmoozed me, along with Joel and Louise. We’ve giv­en them a fair amount of busi­ness over the last lit­tle while, each of us involved in a dif­fer­ent part of the process, so he treat­ed us to a Sens game. Even though my team (the Leafs) got pounced 7–2, it was still an excit­ing game; lots of end-to-end action, close penal­ty kills, and Heatly scored a hat-trick. The Leafs were sim­ply out-finessed. Great seats too. Coincidentally, we ran into Rockstar Jeff at the game.


Thumbnail: Me and Joel
Thumbnail: Hockey rink
Thumbnail: Rockstar Jeff
Full stadium

Eva Avila, this year’s win­ner of Canadian Idol, lead the nation­al anthem. To my sur­prise, I was able to fol­low with the French, but it was all pho­net­ic. Something I learned in grade school, but nev­er actu­al­ly understood.

It was a lit­tle dis­heart­en­ing to see how every­thing is so com­mer­cial­ized. Scotiabank place, VIA Rail goals (com­plete with train horn when some­one scores), Jubilee Timex time. Even Pizza Pizza spon­sors a free slice if the Sens win and score six goals or more.

There were prob­a­bly an even num­ber of Sens fans and than Leafs fans, but the lat­ter were def­i­nite­ly more vocal. Any Sens chants were drowned out. It’s easy to tell how gal­va­nized fans get in such a rival­ry from com­ments I received on a pre­vi­ous post.

The best part was before the game even start­ed. Master Corporal Paul Franklin from Edmonton, who lost both his legs in a sui­cide attack in Afghanistan, came to drop the cer­e­mo­ni­al first puck. They rolled out the red car­pet to cen­tre ice, and he hob­bled along with met­al legs. Both sides of the rival­ry cheered and clapped as one, loud­er than any oth­er point in the night, proud of their sur­viv­ing soldier.

It was quite a poignant, misty-eyed moment.

4 comments

  1. Nice pics, I haven’t been to a game since I was like 12. That game was pret­ty rough, but at least last night we took Buffalo, which was unex­pect­ed. As far as com­mer­cial­iza­tion goes, at least the jer­seys are still adver­tise­ment free, which is a big thing in Europe. The real hock­ey expe­ri­ence is at the OHL games now. The games are so much faster, the crowds so much loud­er. If you haven’t been to an OHL game, you should try it out some time.

  2. I can’t even imag­ine jer­seys hav­ing ads on them. There’s a guy I work with actu­al­ly who’s a vol­un­teer coach for the 67s, and a scout for the Halifax Mooseheads. He tells me about all these great OHL games every week so I’ve been mean­ing to check one out.

  3. you’re a leafs fan ????? // deletes Jeff from bookmarks

  4. Hahahhah…I spent 19 years in Toronto, they’re my team. The Sens are a close second.

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