If you are a serious hockey fan and either a Toronto Maple Leafs or Detroit Red Wings supporter, it is probably not lost on you that the Winter Classic should have been fast approaching. Instead, it’s just one more thing the lockout has snatched away from everyone.
However, one group of individuals is not taking it lying down. Trevor Whaling has organized a road hockey tournament this weekend called the Windsor Classic. Originally the competition was supposed to coincide with the Winter Classic, but after its cancellation, planning efforts ramped up. Whaling works for Investors Group, which was kind enough to provide funding for the event that now has 400 players and is hoping to raise $40,000 during the two day tournament. The money is also going to a worthy cause in the Windsor Downtown Mission.
Essentially every team in the tournament will represent either the Leafs or the Red Wings, and cumulative scores for both sides will be kept over the entire weekend to determine a winner.
Some ex-Leafs even participated in the event on Friday. Dave Hutchison, Pat Boutette, and Todd Warriner all saw action yesterday. Getting to see Warriner participate is worth a hefty donation on its own.
This is a great story about someone organizing an event that will ultimately help a lot of people, instead of just complaining about the lockout. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for people voicing their displeasure about this farce of a work stoppage to anyone who will listen, but stories like these are good too.