Surprise thanks from a hockey patriot

MARK BONOKOSKI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:38 AM ET

The 11 a.m. news on the car radio had just led off, as it had since dawn, with the death of two more Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan.

I was sitting at a red light at the bottom of the Jarvis St. ramp, having exited the Gardiner Expressway, when there was a sudden knock at my car window.

When I looked, I half expected to see another beggar hustling loose change, so rife is that locale with down-and-out men with long faces and empty cups.

Who I did not expect to see, however, was Don Cherry.

But, there he was, nonetheless.

Yes, that Don Cherry.

He extended his hand through my now open car window and said, "Thanks for supporting our guys.

"Thanks for being a great Canadian."

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And then, just as quickly, he was gone.

I sat there dumbfounded as the light prepared to change, knowing full well that Cherry did not know me from Adam.

And then I looked back through my rear-view mirror and saw two things.

I saw the "Support Our Troops" decal that I proudly display on my rear window.

And I saw Don Cherry hustling back to a black, older-model Cadillac, parked three cars behind me, the driver's door still open, the light now green.


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