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Toronto Maple Leafs players surprise rec hockey team as guest coaches (Video)

Sean Leahy
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Leafs in the Beer League

On Thursday, we brought you the upcoming Super Bowl commercial from Budweiser Canada that surprised a couple of rec hockey teams from Port Credit, Ontario, by turning their regular weeknight game into that of one featuring a packed arena, complete with game announcers, television cameras and cute girls with painted midriffs.

On Thursday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs did their own surprising of a local rec team.

Just before The Colts and Delta Force were set to faceoff with one another in the Adult Safe Hockey League at the Canlan Ice Sports center in York, Ontario, Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulemin, Colby Armstrong and Tim Connolly appeared in their dressing rooms to assume the role of coaches for the night; surprising the players, who knew the game was going to be special, but had no clue what to expect.

From Bob Mitchell of the Toronto Star:

"Instead of just another game in the Adult Safe Hockey League (ASHL), the match was transformed into a Toronto Maple Leafs game experience complete with Joe Bowen broadcasting the play by play for fans and announcer Andy Frost introducing each player as he skated onto the ice.

The Colts wore Leaf uniforms while the Delta Force skated in jerseys belonging to the event's beverage sponsor."

The Colts would end up edging Delta Force 2-1 to move into a tie for sixth in the Thursday D1 division.

Luckily Ron Wilson wasn't sent to coach The Colts, otherwise the media covering the game would've been called "negative ninnies" for pointing out something the winning side didn't succeed at.

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