SHAWN LACKIE Special to The Standard
The Scugog Sports Hall of Fame is celebrating its 11th year in 2017 and is looking forward to the induction ceremony being the best one yet. This from committee chair Leanne Ashbridge: "Every year we set out to stage the best and most memorable induction ceremony yet. To date, we have achieved that year over year. Last year we celebrated our 10th anniversary, and the evening was spectacular for all involved. This year promises to be even better, and we couldn't be more thrilled than to have Mr. Wilson as our guest speaker. We have a lot of great things planned for the event."
Mike Wilson acquired his first piece of memorabilia over 50 years ago. It was a Carl Brewer game used stick, signed by the entire Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey club. A family cousin was friends with Carl, and once he heard about Mike’s early obsession with the Leafs, they acquired a stick for him. The other significant piece was the famous Frank Mahovlich, Libby’s beans colour poster, from Dominion food stores. Mike had two copies and gave one copy to Frank’s dad who was the skate sharpener at Leaside Arena. That poster hung in his shop until the day he retired.
Those early times sent Mike Wilson on his way to accumulating the collection, which is now referred to by ESPN, TSN, Sportsnet and others as The Ultimate Leafs Fan, with over 2,000 pieces. The key ingredient to any piece Mike Wilson collects is that the piece has to have a story. If there is no story, then what’s the point of having it? Anything attached to the Leafs is of interest to the Ultimate Leafs Fan. It’s the moment in history that most fascinates Mike Wilson with collecting. What was Toronto like at the time, how people lived, the music of the day, what daily items cost, these things all factor into his thoughts when the Ultimate Leafs Fan sees a new item.
Mike will be bring a few pieces of his vast collection to the Scugog Hall of Fame induction ceremony, on Thursday, November 9th, and will be the featured guest speaker. Mike has more than a few stories to share, not only about his collection, but also the numerous charities he is involved with, and the large number of ex-Leafs and NHL’ers that he now counts as friends and close associates.
If you are a fan of the Leafs, or any team for that matter, Mike’s stories and collection are a must. Visit his web site, at http://www.ultimateleafsfan.com/, to learn more about this year’s guest speaker.
If you know someone that you believe fits the criteria to be considered for induction into the Sports Hall of Fame, pick up a nomination form, at Scugog Arena, the Scugog Municipal office, or at www.scugog.ca, complete the form and return it to the Scugog Sports Hall of Fame.
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