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Star-studded visit: Toronto Maple Leafs alumni tour Birthplace of Hockey


WINDSOR – About a dozen people involved with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization converged on Long Pond Sept. 24 to visit the Birthplace of Hockey.

The group then visited the Davison corn maze in Falmouth, where the family had carefully designed the Leaf's logo to commemorate the hockey team's 100th anniversary.

Retired and former NHLers Darryl Sittler, Todd Warriner, Ric Nattress, Dan Daoust, David Hutchison, Brad Marsh and Nik Antropov were among the special guests.

Fans flocked to the first stop, the Dill Family Farm, in hopes of getting autographs, photos and meeting the hockey legends.

Andrew Dill, who is involved with the Long Pond Heritage Classic, which is a fundraiser played every winter at the family farm, said it's always great to have celebrity athletes visit the spot where hockey was born.

“We welcome anyone who would like to come to Windsor, especially former NHL stars or current players, to help support our cause,” said Dill, citing other celebrities – like Guy Lafleur, Rick Middleton and Terry O'Reilly – who have visited Long Pond in years past.

“It goes to show you, that they definitely think there's a good claim to our birthplace of hockey for them to come down and endorse or promote it.”

Although the visit was a quick one, it left fans smiling.

The men were in the province for the Toronto Maple Leafs alumni hockey game, which is set to be held on Sept. 25 at the Scotiabank Centre at 7 p.m.

Many of those attending the events in Windsor and Falmouth received complimentary tickets to the alumni game. Although the game is free to attend, there are a limited number of tickets available.

The group then visited the Davison corn maze in Falmouth, where the family had carefully designed the Leaf's logo to commemorate the hockey team's 100th anniversary.

Retired and former NHLers Darryl Sittler, Todd Warriner, Ric Nattress, Dan Daoust, David Hutchison, Brad Marsh and Nik Antropov were among the special guests.

Fans flocked to the first stop, the Dill Family Farm, in hopes of getting autographs, photos and meeting the hockey legends.

Andrew Dill, who is involved with the Long Pond Heritage Classic, which is a fundraiser played every winter at the family farm, said it's always great to have celebrity athletes visit the spot where hockey was born.

“We welcome anyone who would like to come to Windsor, especially former NHL stars or current players, to help support our cause,” said Dill, citing other celebrities – like Guy Lafleur, Rick Middleton and Terry O'Reilly – who have visited Long Pond in years past.

“It goes to show you, that they definitely think there's a good claim to our birthplace of hockey for them to come down and endorse or promote it.”

Although the visit was a quick one, it left fans smiling.

The men were in the province for the Toronto Maple Leafs alumni hockey game, which is set to be held on Sept. 25 at the Scotiabank Centre at 7 p.m.

Many of those attending the events in Windsor and Falmouth received complimentary tickets to the alumni game. Although the game is free to attend, there are a limited number of tickets available.

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