'67 club dines on glory

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:13 AM ET

By the time the revelry wraps up tonight at the Metro Convention Centre, perhaps Allan Stanley and Jean Beliveau will be re-enacting that famous faceoff that clinched the 1967 Stanley Cup for the Maple Leafs.

Almost the entire '67 team, including those who were prominent on the bench, the press box, the crowd and with the Leafs during the regular season, will gather with special guests for a dinner to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The VIPs and entertainers include Montreal Canadiens greats Beliveau and John Ferguson Sr., and Phil Esposito of the Boston Bruins. One of late coach Punch Imlach's cagey moves in the final game was using big defenceman Stanley on a critical faceoff to tie up Beliveau, leading to George Armstrong's empty-netter in the 3-1 win.

"If you're a Leaf fan and you don't have fun at this, then something's wrong with you," said dinner organizer Hersh Borenstein, who has planned the event for more than a year in conjunction with Leafs alumni.

There will be rare video clips of Dave Keon and the 1967 Cup parade, a reunion of Maple Leaf Gardens usherettes and a performance by Gardens organist Ralph Fraser. The surviving Cup-winning Leafs, minus Keon, Armstrong and the ailing Milan Marcetta, will recreate the team photo of the day with the Stanley Cup, which had been on loan when the team gathered at the Air Canada Centre on Feb. 17. Mike Walton and Jim McKenny, who played on the regular season '67 team, had prior commitments, but players such as John Brenneman and Kent Douglas are expected. A sports memorabilia auction also is included.

Almost 900 tickets have been sold with some seats available. Tickets are $450 to get dinner, entertainment, a team hockey card set, a team lithograph and other items, $250 with no gifts and $7,500 for a table of 10. For details, go to www.1967LeafsDinner.com.


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