The Tilsonburg Apollos were an Intermediate ‘B’ (Senior Hockey) team in the late 1960’s – early 1970’s. As a child I would go to games with my dad. One game, a puck flew over the boards and hit my dad. With no glass along the side boards, fans were a lot more vulnerable to getting hit than fans are today. Also, back then, you were expected to toss the puck back onto the ice and my dad did that.
As the game went on, the puck flew over the boards and hit my dad again. Lightning does strike twice. The puck was tossed back onto the ice as expected. A few minutes later, the Apollos captain skated over and handed the puck to my dad. He told us we could keep the puck…. as long as we changed seats.
Pictured is the actual puck handed to us 45 years ago and the first puck in my collection.