Big Day in Etobicoke!

There will be a Stanley Cup parade down Royal York Rd today culminating with the Stanley Cup visiting Mimico Arena and the Blue Goose Tavern (the real spiritual home of the Cup).  Dave Bolland who picked up a few massive goals and played some amazing penalty kill minutes for Chicago Blackhawks on their way to winning the cup is bringing the most prized trophy in sport home.

I can’t begin to count how many of my friends from childhood have the same memories as Dave of growing up in that part Etobicoke, playing for the Queensway Canadians and learning to skate at Mimico Arena, traveling kilometres for the best street hockey games, playing shinny outdoors in the middle of winter at places like Park Lawn, Prince of Wales and High Park and basically how hockey was the lifeblood of the area.

Good on Dave for bringing the Cup back to the area, just like Brendan Shanahan did before him and hopefully the next generation of kids who are just learning the game see that trophy, work just as hard as those guys have to make it and then one day win it themselves and continue the cycle.


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