The NHL All-Star weekend was really fun. On Friday night Julie and I went to a dinner on Parliament Hill for the Prime Minister, Speaker of the House of Commons Andrew Scheer, Speaker of the Senate Noel Kinsella, and the NHL Board of Governors. One of the people I got to meet was Chicago and NHL legend, Bob Pulford. After a great career with the Leafs where he won four Stanley Cups and a brief stint in LA, Bob spent 30 years as the coach and in management with my Blackhawks. He asked me to introduce him to Speaker Kinsella so he could make sure to send his regards to his old teammate Senator Frank Mahovlich.
On Saturday we walked the canal. Brought our skates. Unfortunately no skating. But we did see the Blackhawks ice sculpture.
Then we had a real treat: a kids’ skating event with the NHL at Rideau Hall, hosted by Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon. I can assure everyone the GG hasn’t lost a step since his Harvard All-American hockey days. While I don’t usually ask to have my picture taken with people I begged for this one!
Yesterday we went to the game. Lots of fun. The ovation for Alfie brought a tear to my eye. Though the fans weren’t quite as charitable to the Maple Leafs players. The game was fun. But hockey without checking just isn’t the same.