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Spreading the holiday cheer

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
The kids wait for their idols to arrive.

After a practice Monday afternoon the Toronto Maple Leafs decided to raise the spirits of a some of their biggest and most appreciative fans.

The entire team made their annual trip to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto where the kids waited to meet their idols. The players chatted with their young fans, who wouldn't have cared if the Leafs lost all their games this season. All they wanted was the opportunity to meet with a professional hockey player.

Curtis Joseph, Mats Sundin, Tie Domi and Travis Green were all big fan favourites of the star-struck crowd. Most of the youngsters were to shy to say much of anything, other than to give the correct spelling of their names when it came to get some autographs but that didn't ruin the feeling they got interacting with the players.

Most of the Leafs broke off into pairs and toured the facility, trying to meet as many youngsters as possible. Through the course of their visit the players gave away enougth pins, stickers and autographed pictures that would make even Santa himself proud.

It was a tremendously exciting day for the children, who have been struggling with their illnesses, but that excitement often raises energy levels, which helps bridge the gap to better times.

Judging by the hundreds of little faces the Maple Leafs visited, those better times may just be around the corner.

Four-year-old patient, Chris Brundage shows Travis Green a little about video games.
The picture of giving, Tie Domi helps bring some cheer to the kids.
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