Sympathy for the Devils

DEAN PRITCHARD -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:34 AM ET

Special Olympics coach Ryan Zimmerman doesn't want to hear "It's the thought that counts."

Zimmerman, coach of the Blue Devils floor hockey team, is hoping the thief who snatched 16 custom-made change pouches from his pickup truck has an attack of conscience in time for the team's wind-up barbecue tomorrow.

The leather pouches -- which feature each team member's number, team name and a blue devil head -- cost a total of $480 to make and were meant to be a year-end keepsake for the players, Zimmerman said.

"I'm pretty choked about it," said Zimmerman, a driver with The Roof Shop roofing, adding the change pouches were bought with money the team made through fundraising.

"I ordered them special. It would be something they could hang on to and it's something that could mean something to them. It's something I know they would really appreciate."

Zimmerman said the change pouches were stolen from his unlocked truck outside The Roof Shop sometime between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday.

"I had an amp and (stereo) deck that weren't touched so it's kind of strange that they would take these pouches," he said.

Zimmerman said he's been hinting to team members they could expect a "surprise" at the wind-up banquet.

'PRETTY STOKED'

"I showed them a pouch and they were all pretty stoked about it. I kind of hinted that maybe we could get one for everyone," he said.

Zimmerman said the pouches can be returned "no questions asked" to the general mail room, Special Olympics Manitoba at 200 Main Street. Zimmerman can also be reached by phone at 999-2227.


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