It’s not every day you get to take over Canada’s busiest junction and play hockey – but when it’s for a good cause, how can people say “No!”, right? Hitting the halfway mark of the 2012 tour we took over Yonge Dundas Square for a hockey game the likes of which Canada has never seen before! With two rinks, a bustling square, and people pouring into the junction with hockey sticks in hand, from all corners, it was the formula for an awesome day!
Our stop in Toronto was a jam-packed two days which saw us visit everything hockey to offer in the city. From Maple Leaf Gardens to the Hockey Hall of Fame, we fit it all into two days on top of FHFF Toronto, and an evening where we took a break from playing hockey for food to pick up and play ping pong for concussion research at the NHLPA’s Smash Fest hosted by Dominic Moore and a host of NHL players.
After playing for the Daily Bread Food Bank we decided to try something fun. We’ve played hockey in the busiest spots in Canada, we’ve played on a boat, but we were yet to play hockey in the middle of a scramble cross. So why wait? Grabbing the nets and some people we charged into the middle of Yonge and Dundas with our nets, sticks, and a war cry of “hockey” to play as much hockey as one can possibly fit into a bustling intersection with people crossing in every direction in less than 20 seconds.
With a great day in Toronto that saw lots of hockey, over 6,000 pounds of food raised for the food bank, and some happy faces after we gave away two signed Leafs jerseys it was time to head on the road for the most gruelling part of the trip. For the first time ont he tour, Toronto won the Battle of Ontario against Ottawa who put up solid numbers, but were slightly edged out this year. With a pit stop for the night in Sudbury it was a 20 hour day of driving to Winnipeg and on to our first game of the prairies!