Leafs get their shots in at PM

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

OTTAWA -- The Maple Leafs only had about 10 seconds each with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday night, but tried to make it count.

"I asked him if he could do something to get me in a lower tax bracket," cracked forward Wade Belak. "I've now met the Prime Minister and the Trailer Park Boys (during an exhibition stop in Halifax)... it has been a pretty good month."

Harper, his young son, club chairman Larry Tanenbaum and a phalanx of beefy security guards made their way around the Leafs room after the 4-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Hal Gill, who is from Boston, wasn't sure at first who Harper was.

"I could tell he was important, but I'm not into politics," Gill said. "But (the guards) weren't around by the time he got to me. I guess he wasn't scared of us."

Ukrainian Alexei Ponikarovsky also was unfamiliar with the PM, but shook hands with Harper's son.

"I just said 'very nice to meet you,' " forward Darcy Tucker said. "We'd just lost, so there wasn't a lot to say."

Earlier in the evening, coach Paul Maurice was quizzed on TV about who Stephen Harper was.

"I said he's the owner of Harp's Brewery," Maurice said with a laugh. "The cameramen must be drinkers, because they got the joke, but my mom was mad when she called me on the cell after the game and said ' you don't know who the Prime Minister is'?"


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