Robert Hyndman is living the Canadian dream.
He works at a beer store, has for 34 years, and he has Leafs season tickets.
But life recently got even better.
Robert answered a call to his door to receive his ticket package delivered by Maple Leafs Colton Orr and Jay McClement.
The promotion is held in conjunction with Purolator and it’s a dandy. A media throng descended on Robert and Jennifer’s Toronto home. Carlton the Bear came along. The family was interviewed for a feature on Leafs TV and drivers Peter Alfoldi and Joe Rodriguez each enjoyed their moment in the sun hobnobbing with the Leaf players and granting a few media interviews of their own.
The whole thing was executed with military precision – courier companies are zealous about logistics after all – but there was one hurdle neither the Leafs nor Purolator could help solve.
How to get Robert to the front porch?
There are two acceptable times to lie, said Jennifer. One is Christmas. The other is when Purolator is sending two Maple Leafs to deliver season tickets to your hockey-mad husband.
“My Mom Betty has had knee surgery,” she said. “I told him there were people coming to help her with her care and he had to meet them at the door.”
“I knew something up when I saw Colton and Jay coming up the walk with their Leafs sweaters,” said Robert. “It was amazing.”
Robert describes himself as a particular fan of Dion Phaneuf but the Leafs have been an essential element of the household forever.
Remember Betty, the willing co-conspirator. She’s been a fan for nearly 70 years.
“My father died in 1934 and beginning in 1936, my mother would gather us around the kitchen table every Saturday night for Hockey Night in Canada,” she said. “It was Foster Hewitt doing the games and I remember how excited she would get.”
Amidst all the hoopla, Peter and Joe, the drivers in the ticket caper, stood by their truck.
Peter has worked at Purolator for eight years. His most memorable prior delivery had been a giant foam hamburger that spanned the back of his vehicle.
Peter is a relative rookie. Joe has 26 years under his belt. The cargo he has picked up and dropped off would fill an airplane hangar but never has he delivered something off that came with NHL players and a seven-foot bear.
“Nope,” he grinned, as the camera guys packed up. “This was a first.”