Hockey? Already? Yup, the Blizzard have already begun. On Sunday, Sue Justice (above) invited me to cover the opening of the Minnesota Muskies try-outs at the RCC. She and Teddy Hockey, and it appeared lots of other volunteers, are putting together the first outstate team to join Minnesota Special Hockey. It’s open to anyone of any age with special needs.
I was chauffeured over by Basketball Dan, who had just arrived for a special one-day visit to Vacationland USA. While we were there, a trailer full of hockey equipment arrived from Cowing-Robards – the kids dove into it, eager to hit the ice. One of my all-timers, Andrea Toft, showed up to help. She was standing with Sue when I walked up and announced I had a 50-50 chance. I guessed Sara – it was Andrea. Sue was wondering what I was talking about – at one time I could tell the identical twins apart when they were together. Andrea and Sara played hockey for the Cards, graduated in ’06, and went on to play four years at Augsberg. And honest, that same day, for the first time as I recall, I noticed the lollipop from their high school graduation party that the supervisor had put on display in a tall glass on a downstairs shelf.
[These are bantams, who were practicing before the Muskies.]
[Andrea on the right – never got a chance to ask what she and Sara are up to now?]
The Toft sisters in 2006:
We were going to take Basketball Dan to Main Street Brewery for his heading back to The Cities lunch – but it was closed. So, we went to Bella’s – he had never been there before. We did not take any photos – not that he isn’t photogenic, but he is camera shy. In lieu thereof, we just received photos from Aunt Mary Kay and Uncle Tom from Scottsdale who were here a month ago – we also took them to Bella’s and Frankie, the singing waitress, took the photos.
Thank you! I love how you ended with the Toft sisters – it warms my heart! 🙂 ~ Sue