As the last few Toronto players were coming off the ice from Wednesday's morning skate, Colin made his move. Maple Leafs goalie Joey MacDonald, called up the day before after Vesa Toskala went on the injured reserve list, was headed his way.
"Can I have a stick?" Colin asked as MacDonald stepped off the ice.
MacDonald stopped, looked at the two sticks he was carrying and pulled one out.
"Sure, buddy," he said. "Here you go."
Sensing another opportunity, I asked MacDonald if he wouldn't mind signing it.
"No, not at all," he said.
Later, as we were having lunch, Colin drew a nice picture of MacDonald making a save on none other than Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby. On it, an announcer says "No goal! No goal! What a save by Joey MacDonald!" We left the drawing in an envelope for MacDonald at the hotel's front desk.
One good deed, we believe, deserves another.
A closer look at the autograph. Eagle eyes might notice that MacDonald double-clutched on his number, first writing a "30" but switching to "29." Still, no complaints, right?
Just to prove that indeed it is MacDonald's stick.