Tolley invites friend to afternoon hockey game
A simple game of afternoon hockey has been in the works for a very long time.
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Lindsay Tolley and Jim Cuddy have been friends for over two decades. Tolley organized a game of afternoon hockey prior to Blue Rodeo playing Mosaic Place on Tuesday. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
On Tuesday, everything came together for Lindsay Tolley and the Crusty Canucks afternoon league as they played with the lead singer of a Canadian country-rock band.
Jim Cuddy from Blue Rodeo as well as Devin Cuddy and Zack Sutton from the Devin Cuddy Band laced up their skates for an afternoon game at the Wally Boshuck Arena.
“Lindsay Tolley has been a friend for awhile and has always been trying to organize a hockey game,” said Cuddy.
Cuddy and Tolley have been friends for over two decades and many have said that Tolley is Cuddy’s doppelganger.
“This has been in the works for 22 years. I met him 22 years ago because someone said that I had a similar look. The band calls me their look-a-like guy,” said Tolley. “He is my favourite band in the world and I have been going to his concerts for 22 years.”
Not only do the two share similarities in appearance, but they also share a joy for sport, specifically hockey.
“I have been trying to coordinate a game for the last five years of so. He has a busy schedule with media things so I tried to coordinate this and it worked out because he likes to get a skate in before a show,” said Tolley. “This is their first concert in Moose Jaw, as they usually play (in) Regina. I have tried to get a game going in Regina, but haven’t had the luck. It is good this happened.”
Cuddy is no stranger to the ice or playing hockey. He played house league as a kid and in high school. Throughout this In Our Nature tour, Cuddy has played hockey whenever he has gotten the chance.
“I always carry my gear, but it is always a question of time,” stated Cuddy. “That is what I do all over the place. I just take any opportunity I can. There is a certain code that you go by and everyone knows how to play.”
Not only was it a great workout before he and his band took the stage at Mosaic Place, Cuddy was also able to play with his son.
“It is the three of us now. I am usually by myself,” said Cuddy.
Cuddy didn’t look out of place on the blue line and even had a chance at a breakaway, but was tripped up by the goaltender’s stick and fell down. There was some silence, but Cuddy got up quickly and skated down the ice to get back in the play.
“I think of the great things about it is the natural camaraderie among people who play hockey,” he stated. “Your profession doesn’t divide you or where you played or how long you played for; it is all about the game. I loved the easy entrance into the friendly companionship.”
Not only was it fun for the musicians, but also for the other 17 skaters that got a chance to play with them.
“It was just another hockey game and that’s the way they like it. They fit in and we had a lot of good 50 + guys in. Jim and his son are very good players, so it was a lot of fun,” said Tolley. “It is nice to have a notable musician to play afternoon hockey.”
Tolley took in the Blue Rodeo concert and summed up the day as “fabulous”.
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