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Growing up, the Toronto Maple Leafs were my Dad’s favourite hockey team. That of course meant they were my favourite team (until I moved to Ottawa and came to my senses became a Senators fan).  My first Leaf game, was an amazing experience in the old Maple Leaf Gardens. The entire place smelled like a combination of our hometown arena and warm salted popcorn. I remember thinking how close to players we were and how fast the skaters flew past my seat on the glass.

Darcy Tucker Tweet Chat

Recently, I had the opportunity to be part of a tweet chat with Darcy Tucker, a long time Maple Leaf player. From mentoring rookie players to coaching, Darcy gives back to his community and wanted to tweet about the good work that he and @Scotiahockey are doing across Canada for our young hockey players.


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Darcy spent an hour on twitter, using the #Scotiahockey hashtag answering all the questions his fans could tweet him in 60 minutes. He answered several of my questions:

…and I might have taken a little bit of flack for my choice of hockey teams:



But in the end Darcy made my Dad’s night, I could not have asked for more:


Scotiabank is proud to support of community hockey across Canada. They know that being part of a hockey team teaches valuable lessons about camaraderie and contributes to the richness of the lives of children & strengthens communities.

Did you know that more than 1,000 branches financially support local hockey teams? Throughout the year Soctiabank also recognizes teams across the country with unique hockey experiences like visits from NHL Alumni or the Stanley Cup!

You can find more about the work #Scotiahockey does in your community & communities across Canada on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Thank you Darcy & #Scotiahockey for being so accessible and making my Dad’s night!

My friends at GoFer Productions are looking for some youthful actors to cast in very cool adventure detective web series. They are looking for children ages 8, 10 and 12 to cast in the four roles that need to be filled.

Here is a little about the characters:

Miles Maggins: At 12 years old, Miles is the oldest of the Maggins siblings. He’s the most daring of the trio, however he always keeps a protective eye on Max and Maddie. He idolizes James Bond and always finds the most exciting and creative gadgets to help solve cases.
Max Maggins: Obsessed with science, Max attempts to concoct new experiments daily. Although they tend to blow up in his face, literally. The 10 year old stays on point and never gives up, much like his hero, Albert Einstein. He’s always the first to crack a joke, or state his opinion, and his goofy demeanor frequently gets the trio into and out of sticky situations.

Maddie Maggins: Maddie’s passion for mysteries ignites the screen as she helps her brothers stay focused. Only being 8 years old proves difficult when trying to be taken seriously. however Maddie is the bravest and most adventurous of the bunch. She is always looking for a journey. just like her hero, Amelia Earhart.
Johnny Krumbert: Johnny wants nothing more than to be included with the Maggins trio. The only problem is that he’s scared of everything! He attempts to bring them mysteries, however most of them have been solved or don’t need solving. Always wanting to help in some way, Johnny will show up on a “crime scene,” invited or not.

My three are not actors, but they could all lawyers when they explain why they cannot clean their rooms. This is an excellent opporunity for budding actors to land a role that will take them viral.

Here is a little more about the selection process:

We are accepting ages 7 to 12, boys or girls, to audition for the role of “Johnny”
Please use the audition material provided. Your first audition is done through video. All videos must begin with a parent or legal guardien stating their name and giving verbal permission. Two minutes or less per audition. You may audition for more than one character. Start your audition by stating your name and the role you are auditioning for
*Auditions are open NOW until January 24th by 11:59pm EST. Submit your electronic auditions to
If you have any questions please email Nikki at

*Please note, only those chosen will be contacted for the second round of
auditions. Good Luck and have a blast!
Please visit website for audition material – !casting/c1wak

This type of show makes me wish my kids were into acting. Let me know if you audition and, of course, when you land the role!

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