SALT LAKE CITY - Well boss, contrary to your last memo, your servant is a winner.
Okay, be sarcastic if you like, but I'm the guy with the Mario Lemieux
skates, so allow me to explain.
There was a press conference the other day, with Bauer Nike Hockey Inc.,
playing host for Lemieux, the company pitchman.One of the announcements was
that the company produced a limited edition of skates for various players in
the Olympic tournaments, including Lemieux. At the end of the tournament,
the game-worn skates will be autographed and auctioned on eBay, with the
proceeds going to the player's favourite charity.
In Lemieux's case, Bauer Nike also made 66 pairs that were signed by him.
They will be given to various charities to raise funds. Ballots were
collected from the media types at the press conference for a draw for one of
those pairs of skates.
So guess whose name the big guy pulled out of the hat.
Yeah, that's what I said, too. The last time I won a draw was in Grade 2
when the ramshackle grass hut we made for our project on Fiji went up for
grabs. Mom and dad were thrilled.The skates are worth serious dough, I'm
told. Michelle McSorley, the Bauer Nike public relations poobah, tells me a
similar pair fetched $2,000 not long ago. The limited-edition ones sans
Lemieux's autograph will retail for about 600 bucks.
Now before you get too far into the conflict-of-interest lecture, let me
point out that my skates are also headed for charity.
You may have read or heard elsewhere that my first words after winning
were, "Charity begins at home." This is a base canard. I was misquoted.
Despite the shameless lobbying of my buddy Eric Duhatschek for the Calgary
Minor Hockey Association, I decided the booty should stay close to home. The
folks at Caledon Community Services don't know it yet, but a pair of signed
Mario Lemieux skates are headed their way.