Lost Leafs tickets returned to lucky Sudbury fans
When Matt Cousineau got back to his hotel, pumped to head to the Leafs game with his buddy after driving to Toronto all the way from Sudbury, he almost had a heart attack.
He’d lost his tickets to Wednesday’s game.
“It’s probably the most nervous, anxious and pissed off I’ve ever been,” says Cousineau. “I was having a panic attack, almost a heart attack.”
Cousineau, 28, had just finished having breakfast Wednesday with his friend Johnny Dajczak at the Sunset Grill in Leaside.
They’d met a mutual friend there who lives in Toronto and had picked up their tickets for them. Cousineau forgot them on the table.
“I thought that might be where they were, maybe under a napkin or something,” says Cousineau, who called but got no answer.
That’s when he really started to panic. Maybe the tickets weren’t there. Maybe he’d dropped them elsewhere. Maybe someone else was going to enjoy the game, or sell them.
He and Dajczak had taken three days off work for the trip and big game. They'd lucked out to get the tickets, scoring them for $425 a piece on Kijiji. (Similar seats were more than $1,000 elsewhere, like at Stub Hub.) Now they weren’t even going? Cousineau was furious.
Then someone at Sunset Grill picked up the next time he called.
“I said I might have left a very important envelope there and they said, ‘Yes, you did,’” says Cousineau. “They could have easily sold them for a couple grand.”
But staff at Sunset Grill didn’t sell them. Rather, they frantically tried to search for Cousineau, whose name was on the envelope.
Dave Stifani, the owner, says his staff members are all major Leafs fans and holding the tickets was “like holding gold.”
Stifani says everyone knew what they must do – it just wouldn’t have been right to steal something so precious.
“I was going crazy trying to find these guys after (me server) Sophie gave them to me,” says Stifani.
Sophie Talidils, who had served Cousineau and Dajczak, says he own two sons were going to Wednesdays game with their dad.
“It was the only right and sensible thing to do,” she says. “I wouldn’t want that happening to my sons.”
Talidils says she believes in “karma” and keeping the tickets, or selling them, would have been stealing.
“Something like that could happen to any of us,” she says. “I knew how important these tickets were to those guys and had to give them back.”
Cousineau and Dajczak took some time to freshen up before heading back to the restaurant to get the tickets and head to the3 game; the experience had left them both sweaty from anxiety.
“I was so happy they held them for us,” he says. “The game was amazing, the best of the series.”
Here’s to the next one being even better with a win.
Love this story of Leafs Nation members helping one another.
Go Leafs Go. Cheers.