It’s Saturday afternoon, I am doing some work with Maple Leafs Classics playing in the background.
The game is the Leafs vs Oilers – March 29, 1980.
There is a scramble in front of the Leafs net, Mike Palmateer falls out of position and looks back to see a loose puck trickling towards an open Toronto net. At the last minute Borje Salming is in front of the net and collapses on the puck in the crease resulting in an Edmonton penalty shot awarded to Stan Weir.
And then, out of nowhere a disgruntled Maple Leaf fan pulls out his trusty pocket full of mice and flings them to the ice to distract Weir, lol.
How random is that? I remember the rubber rats in Florida during the mid 90′s but I have never seen this.
Apparently Dave Farrish tell the team to back off and stay away from the mice because he once encountered a mouse in the old Sabres Arena and launched it with a slap shot. The crowd was horrified and he had to leave the stadium with security.