BOSTON - Edmonton Oilers defenceman Ryan Whitney looked over from his seat at the TD Garden Wednesday and could not believe his eyes.
There was Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, sitting just a drop pass away from Whitney, taking in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins.
"Yup that's me a couple seats down from mr Harper," Whitney tweeted during the first period. "... His security is gonna tackle my friend @bfoleygold who is next to him by the end of game."
Harper was reportedly accompanied by his daughter Rachel and his friend and colleague, Heritage Minister James Moore.
According to a Harper spokesperson, all three would be paying the equivalent in airfare even though they took the government's Challenger jet. It was a logical move, since some opposition members do not feel the jet should be used for private purposes such as attending hockey games.
For Harper, an avid hockey fan, it apparently is worth it.
After all, consider the numbers.
The cost of flying in the Challenger jet?
According to one report, about $3,285 per hour.
The experience of attending a Stanley Cup final game?