|Leaf captain Dion Phaneuf hits Philadelphia Flyer Danny Briere. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)
TORONTO - Waffles, anyone?
Thanks, but no thanks.
That was the message emanating from the Maple Leafs dressing room Friday, approximately 15 hours after someone threw a handful of the breakfast food on to the ice at the conclusion of a 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre.
“I don’t appreciate it, really, a guy throwing waffles at me as I am skating by,” Leafs forward Colby Armstrong said. “Almost hit me. I don’t know if the guy was aiming at me or whatever. Who knows? A guy brought waffles.
“We’re trying to make light of it in here. Throw a filet, throw a T-Bone. Spend some money.”
One would have to think that waffle-tossing doesn’t catch on. An octopus on the ice at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit? Cool. The plastic rats that Florida Panthers fans pelted the ice with during the Panthers’ run to the Stanley Cup final in 1996? Not bad. But waffles? Seriously?
Someone who had nothing better to do already had posted a video on-line on Friday that depicted Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson swearing after a goal and catching a waffle in his mouth before taking a swig from a bottle of maple syrup.
“I didn’t even know they sell waffles at the game,” defenceman Luke Schenn said. “That’s a shocker. (And) if you’re bringing waffles to a game, maybe you have issues of your own.”
Leafs coach Ron Wilson didn’t see the humour in the waffle saga.
“I didn’t see it,” Wilson said. “But they shouldn’t have thrown stuff on the ice, a waffle or whatever it is.”