VIDEO: After mascot misses toy drive, mites treated to day as Flames
In December, Flames mascot Harvey the Hound was supposed to attend a toy drive by one nearby mites team. He missed it so the Flames made it up to both teams in a big way.
For your daily dose of the feel-good vibes comes a pretty excellent story out of the Calgary area.
You'll recall last summer a massive flood hit the Calgary area and left parts of the area devastated including the home of the Flames, the Saddledome. In December a mites team from Black Diamond, Alberta decided to help neighboring High River, hit hard by the floods, with a toy drive. An incredible gesture from a team of kids.
To help in this toy drive, the Flames were going to send mascot Harvey the Hound to the festitivies. The game came but Harvey didn't. He was supposed to be the highlight of the day, too. As a result of missing the engagement, the Flames decided they had to make it up to Black Diamond and High River and did they ever do just that.
The surprise started when Harvey and WHL Hitmen mascot Farley the Fox showed up at the next game between the teams unprompted. But that wasn't all, they also gave all the players a pass to be a pro for a day. What they didn't know was that the Flames were going all out at the Saddledome.
After the teams arrived at the dome in their buses, they walked into the dressing room to find custom Flames jerseys for every player. They were greeted by Mark Giordano and Sean Monahan and then hit the ice to resume their friendly rivalry when Flames coaches Bob Hartley and Martin Gelinas hopped on the benches.
From there the two teams played a rousing 11-11 game in front of their friends and family in the seats and with the whole feel of a Flames game; the actual flames, the goal horn, everything.
That's how you make up for such a mistake. Way to go Flames.
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