Peter Kooistra, the mayor of Stirling, Ont., must've been a newspaper editor somewhere along the line during his lifetime. Because his communication skills are... well... substandard.
You see, Stirling is the hometown of Penguins agitator Matt Cooke. As you can imagine, Stirlingers (Stirlingians?) were pretty excited about the prospect of their native son bringing the Stanley Cup home for a day.
Kooistra, perhaps sensing an easy way to score some much-needed points in the seedy world of Stirling politics hurriedly organized an epic parade and a day full of festivities to celebrate the success of arguably the city's second-most famous native (We'll give former Sabres goon Rob Ray the benefit of the doubt in that race. He had an ESPN commercial don't forget.)
There was only one problem with all these grand plans.
No one told Matt Cooke about it. And he ended up taking the Cup to Belleville, Ont. where he was born. Cooke told the Belleville Intelligencer:
"It's unfortunate but the Stirling mayor made all these plans without ever talking to me. I still haven't talked to him. I'm disappointed that people are getting the wrong impression about what happened."
Cooke ended up raising $5,000 for his charity, The Cooke Family Foundation of Hope, through his appearance with the Cup in Belleville, but that didn't mean anything to the spurned hearts of Stirling. A call-in radio station in Belleville was flooded with calls from Stirling natives who blamed Cooke for the mix-up.
No word yet on how Kris Draper managed to blame this on Sidney Crosby.
(Kudos to EN reader Leanne for the heads up.)
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