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Sunday, January 26, 2014

It toque me by surprise

I didn't realize what was in this package. Inside the plastic bag, I could feel some soft material. I couldn't remember anything that I had coming in. Only way to figure this out was to rip this sucker open.

General Mills Free Team Canada Toque

General Mills Cereal has a hot deal! You can now redeem your pins for a FREE Team Canada Toque from General Mills! Pins are available on specially marked General Mills cereals.Hurry, just 330,000 toques are available. This General Mills offer is good while supplies last or until Tuesday, December 31, 2013 or whichever comes first. Limit of 5 toques per household. Enjoy :)
Oh yeah.  I had completely forgotten about this offer. Now when my wife does the shopping, she doesn't look on the boxes for coupons or special offers. When we were buying the cereal, she just picked up a box of what we wanted. I exchanged it for the box with the toque offer. she countered with why would I need another toque. Of course, my great comeback was why not. In this case, I want to cheer on Team Canada at the 2014 Olympics.
 Mine didn't look exactly as illustrated.

The Lucky Charms hockey player was pretty cool looking.

Not so the reverse. The Canadian Maple Leaf side left a little something to be desired. But I guess for free, I shouldn't complain.  Don't think I can take a photo of the rest of my toques. I quickly found 12 different and I know there's more stored away.

Tonight on CBC, the program Four Rooms.

This show finds participants trying to sell their valuable objects to one of Canada's leading antique buyers for top dollar. Each person presents an item, makes their case and then meets with a buyer in a room to negotiate the price. This is where intuition and greed come into play. The seller can turn down an offer, but if they leave the room to press their luck with another buyer, there is no going back. Essentially they can hit the jackpot or go home empty-handed.

Tonight a fellow brings in some Bobby Orr sticks and memorabilia. The first episode featured well known Gretzky collector Shawn Chaulk.  Heres the link to the show and segment starts around the 27 minute mark.
four rooms
Gotta go watch the Orr episode now.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sheets Schultz and Leafs

"The Zero Tolerance approach to Collation" (with a nod to Lynne Truss)

Hockey Day in Canada has come and gone for another year. Leafs beat the Canadiens Saturday night so all is well at the centre of the hockey universe. For the events I wrote about in my previous post, I didn't get to Hockey Day in Brant. I also didn't make it to any card shops to pick up free packs from  UD's National Hockey Card Day promotion. But I did manage to get to Toys R' Us and get the special 8 card sheets. Before I saw them all, I was wondering how the sheets would be printed. With 8 cards (plus checklist card) on a sheet and twenty cards in the set, the math doesn't add up correctly. Two complete sheets (16) and with 4 cards on the third sheet, what would make up the other four spots. Ad cards promoting other UD products? Perhaps promo cards ?  Maybe special offer cards of some kind. No. They printed at least four different sheets before you could get a full set. This leaves 12 extra cards that would be duplicates.

Here they are in all their uncut glory.

Sheet 1 front and back

Sheet 2 front and back-- Schultz

Sheet 3 front and back

Sheet 4 front and back --and a Leafs

I'll take this collation every time. 4 Gretzkys 2 Orrs 2 Crosbys.I see on the bay there is one sheet for sale with a BIN of $9.99. Hooray.
 I keep my record intact of one set from each of the six years the promotion has run.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Hockey Day in Canada

This Saturday is Hockey Day in Canada.

The theme of this year’s Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada broadcast is ‘Community’ and will include features that examine the common bond Canadians share through hockey and the local rinks in which it is played as well as the role the game plays in bringing Canadian communities together from coast-to-coast-to-coast. Throughout the broadcast CBC will look in on hockey-related events taking place in community ies across the country including Prince George, BC, Barry’s Bay, ON and Sydney, NS. CBC has four games on tap for us. In the afternoon, we start with Rangers-Senators and Oilers-Jets. Later, we have Canadiens-Leafs and Flames-Canucks.
Upper Deck has returned with their National Hockey Card Day promotion. You can read about it here.
Closer to home, Legends Taphouse and Grill is hosting Hockey Day in Brant. The big prize will be a limousine ride to the Canadiens-Leafs game right after the draw at 5:00 PM. Former NHL'er Shayne Corson and another unnamed player will be on hand to draw the winning ticket and sign autographs.
I'll be busy on Saturday as I also have another commitment. No rest for the wicked.
Also, last Sunday I went to an art exhibit for one of my friends. He did a unique piece for my birthday two years ago. I wrote about it here . We have also bought a couple of other pieces.
He will be having another showing on Sunday Jan. 26th 1-3pm..Same place (Vintage Conservatory Wine Bar100 Lombard St Toronto. His work will be up until the end of January.

  Dr Seuss style ride
(24" x 36" )

Space Clowns
(18"x36") acrylic paint,vintage wallpaper,Pencil crayon and ink.
Couple of examples of his work.
Yes, I do have other interest besides hockey. But they all are secondary.

Friday, January 10, 2014


I got the eye of the tiger, the fire
Dancing through the fire
'Cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar

 I got this e-mail last Friday.

  Give me a call.. My wife cleaned out the numbers on the phone.. I have tickets to a alumni game Saturday night with Tiger Williams attending..

 I was at work so didn't see it for three hours. It was from one of my autograph hounding friends. I had tickets to this event in November and took him. Oh yes, I was interested to attend this event.

Guelph Professional Fire Fighters will take on Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni in their 20th anniversary benefit celebrity hockey game on Saturday Jan. 4 at the Sleeman Centre.
Players tentatively listed to be playing for the Leafs Alumni team include Mark Laforest, Al Iafrate, Dave McLlwain, Darryl Shannon, Gary Leeman, Rick Vaive, Ken Belanger, Bill Derlago, Dan Daoust, Lou Franceschetti and Tiger Williams.
Guelph’s Ray Scapinello, a retired NHL 33-year veteran linseman and a member of the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame, will be the linesman for the game.
Game time Saturday is at 7:30 p.m., and doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Advance tickets can be purchased at
The event supports the Guelph Fire Fighters Benevolent Foundation
Ticket for event

Program was $2.00 but also included a 50/50 ticket. Didn't win the pot of $660.00
Got something signed by everyone on the Alumni team

Referee "Black Jack Valiquette

Mark LaForest
Al Iafrate

Al took a look at the picture and remarked that this was when he tore his ACL.
Dave McLlwain
Darryl Shannon
Gary Leeman
Rick Vaive
Ken Belanger
 "Billy D"
Bill Derlago
 "Dangerous Dan"
Dan Daoust
Lou Franceschetti
Ray Scapinello

Ray said this was another time when he was thrown on his ass. He was with his wife and another couple. His wife remarked that this was when he had hair. I had an extra one of these and offered it to them . It was appreciated.

Dave Williams

He didn't roar but sure enjoyed the picture. He asked Shanny if he recognized the other two cement heads.

Another good night. Good friends, good time and good autographs. It was a late night but I would do again.