TORONTO -- Nick Trantos remembers the parade like it took place yesterday.
Trantos and a school chum cut class, hopped on a streetcar and headed to Bay Street to see their heroes: the Stanley Cup champion Toronto Maple Leafs. The year was 1967 and Trantos was 9 years old.
"I wasn't going to miss it for anything," said Trantos, 55. "I was not going to be denied. I remember the convertibles carrying the players passing us, and the one I most remember, other than the one George Armstrong was riding in with the Stanley Cup, was the car carrying Dave Keon. He was my hero and he won the Conn Smythe Trophy that year. I was a few inches from touching him and it was the biggest thrill. He gave me a glance and I carried that with me for years."
Trantos is not alone. Not by a long shot.