TORONTO - Toronto Maple Leaf forward Colby Armstrong said he loves to get out and meet the fans and on Wednesday he did just that by delivering season tickets.
One of Armstrong’s stops included the home of Jean Wassmansdoft, whose family has had to same season ticket seats since 1937.
“I inherited them from my father — who had seats in the corner by the goalie — and my three sons and three grandchildren use them. It has been fun over the years. I have seen quite a few Stanley Cup games but I won’t tell you how many,” Wassmansdoft said. “The hardest part has being able to keep them (the seats). They aren’t as easy to afford as they used to be.”
Wassmansdoft’s husband, Bart Wassmansdoft, has been a hockey coach for his grandchildren and jokes he married his wife because of the season tickets.
For a family to have season tickets as long as the Wassmansdofts show what a loyal following the Leafs have with their fans, Armstrong said.
“Enjoy these tickets and thanks for keeping it going,” Armstrong said as he delivered the tickets and signed autographs.
This was the third time Armstrong has delivered season tickets.
He did the same thing when he played in Atlanta and Pittsburgh and has a laugh when he thinks of the Atlanta fan because he didn’t know who Armstrong was.
Armstrong thinks this will be a good season for the Leafs.
“We have a young group. A lot of good young players,” he said. “I’m 28 and I am one of the oldest on the team.”