A Collingwood business owner and perpetual Toronto Maple Leafs fan is giving fellow blue-and-white clubbers what they've always wanted: a chance to see the Leafs win the Stanley Cup.
Sid Dickinson, owner of the Historic Gayety Theatre, has managed to get a film copy of the 1967 championship game between the Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens – the last time the Leafs won the Stanley Cup – and he'll be showing it on the big screen later this month.
"I watched that game, I've been a Leafs fan for my lifetime," said Dickinson. "So many people have never had the opportunity to see the Leafs win the Stanley Cup, to see those famous players from the past."
This time, however, Dickinson said it's the local hospitals that will win, since the screening will be a fundraiser for the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and the Meaford Hospital. Through ticket sales, a silent auction, and bar sales, Dickinson hopes to raise $10,000 for the hospitals.
"I don't know if it's ever been screened before in its entirety," said Dickinson, who said he was able to get it through his friend Bill McCreary.
McCreary is a retired NHL official, Hockey Hall of Famer, and current coach and mentor for NHL officials. McCreary lives in Thornbury, and annually organizes a golf tournament at Lora Bay called the McCreary Charity Golf Classic (Aug. 19 and 20 this year). Dickinson will be pooling the funds raised at the Leaf game screening with McCreary's golf tournament for the local hospitals.
Ron Ellis, a member of the Cup-winning team will be attending the screening, and Dickinson said he's hoping to confirm more from the 1967 team for the event.
Tickets for the screening are $30 and the film starts at 8 p.m. on May 30 at the Historic Gayety Theatre in Collingwood.
You can buy tickets online here, and if you'd like to donate an item for the silent auction, you can call the Gayety office at 1-888-353-3203.