'Now the Leafs can win again'

DAVE CAMERON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

While Brian Mudryk swears he will never return to Alberta wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater, longtime Edmonton sportscaster Ron Rimer never took his off.

Now, after years of being razzed for his allegiance, Ron's heading back to his birthplace.

"My buddies have heard this story a million times, but let me tell it to you," Ron said Wednesday, a day before getting on the plane.

'MOVING TO CALGARY'

"It was 1967 when my mother grabbed my brother (current Columbus Blue Jackets play-by-play man, Jeff) and I by the shirt collars and said, 'Boys, we're moving to Calgary.' The Leafs haven't won the Stanley Cup since. So, now I'm heading back, they can win the Cup again."

It's been a scramble, Ron admitted, finding his niche in Edmonton and it was a scramble this week, after getting the word from XM Satellite Radio network. He starts on air next Monday.

"I'm losing it! Just looking around to make sure I have everything. I might not make it out of town!

"It's been fighting, scratching, and clawing for everything (the last few years).

"A lot of people said to me in the last few days, 'We thought you'd be gone a long time ago.' But I really wanted to make this my home, really wanted to stay here," said Ron, although he was enjoying some success recently on the Ron Rimer Show on Team 1260. He signed off the last show on Sunday.

LEAVING THE JEEP BEHIND

"I've been looking for a few months, talking to people. Originally (XM) was looking for a stringer to do reports from Edmonton. I said, 'Well, gee, you wouldn't happen to be looking for a full-time guy?'

"A lot of memories I'm leaving behind right now," Ron said. (Which includes his infamous Jeep, "with about five pounds of dog hair in it.")

"But this is a huge opportunity."

And a chance to wear his Leafs sweater every day without ridicule.


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