By Cecilia Nasmith/Today’s Northumberland
The visit of Rogers Hometown Hockey to Cobourg was a triumph, everyone agreed at Monday’s council meeting.
As a proponent of the old-fashioned art of writing thank-you notes, Mayor John Henderson fully expects writer’s cramp as he struggles not to forget anyone deserving of his gratitude – estimating the list will include “over 60 significant organizations.”
Unable to attend himself due to a celebration of life that took precedence, Henderson lamented missing the chance to meet Ron MacLean,
Steve Smith “and a lot of people who are important to our community. But I do believe in the future I will have those blessed opportunities.”
Meanwhile, he did enjoy watching as members of council took full advantage of the visit.
“I saw you out there independently. I saw you representing our council. I saw you bringing your young families, and I can’t thank you enough.”
Henderson also shared the good news of the Cobourg toques that were for sale. More than 1,000 were sold that weekend, he said, and proceeds will support local children who might otherwise not be able to pursue sports on their own.
Communications manager Ashley Purdy displayed an impressive souvenir – framed hockey jerseys from Shayne Corson and Darcy Tucker.
“I think the highlight of my weekend was watching my good friend Chris Johnston come back to his hometown, and his beautifully narrated video of Cobourg literally brought me to tears,” Councillor Nicole Beatty said.
“If Cobourg wasn’t on the map before, it sure is now,” Councillor Brian Darling added – “a big thank-you to everyone involved.”
“An excellent event put on by the council and Rogers,” Councillor Aaron Burchat agreed.
“It was very well attended, and I heard a lot of positive feedback.”
Burchat had talked it up well in advance, and found people could not believe such a great event had free admission.
Councillor Adam Bureau was still excited over the chance to represent the town and – in that role – meet with hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone.
“I hope I did everyone justice,” Bureau said.
“It was just an amazing day. There were so many little stories that came out of it.”
“I will remember this day until the day I die. Thank you to everyone – it meant so much to me.”