Shooting The Breeze Outside A Church With The Toronto Maple Leafs

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Bob Haggert, trainer for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1960’s, got married in Orillia to a local girl who was the daughter of someone my grandmother knew. So my grandmother told me about the upcoming wedding at a church in Orillia and I went up there and there were a whole bunch of Leafs standing outside the church talking and smoking and probably commenting on how hot the bride was.

I was about 11 or 12, and I remember only Dave Keon and Red Kelly. The rest are a blur. But if you put the whole thing in perspective, most of the Stanley Cup-winning Toronto Maple Leafs were standing outside a church in Orillia, and the only other person there was a little guy who appreciated the whole thing but probably wished they were Montreal Canadiens instead.

2 thoughts on “Shooting The Breeze Outside A Church With The Toronto Maple Leafs”

  1. “Stanley Cup-winning Toronto Maple Leafs” that can’t be right, must be a typo or a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away. Your wishing might have worked, there’s a good chance one of them was Frank Mahovlich. The Force is strong in you.

  2. Frank very well could have been there. And Dick Duff too. And not only did I see Keon there, but the next morning in church with my parents, he and his wife sat right in front of us. You know, I’ve so many experiences like that that my sister calls me Forrest Gump. Not because I’m a simpleton, but because I’ve had such a life. I’ve got kind of a funny Beliveau story I’ll share some time too.

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