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It has been a rough cycle of new highs and all-time lows for the Toronto Maple Leafs over the past few years. As the NHL season approaches, its star teams are being featured in the news for the usual reasons such as preseason camps and changes in front office staff. The Leafs, however, received media attention after their scout Lindsay Hofford landed in some hot water after an amusement park visit gone awry.
From The Star:
Toronto Maple Leafs scout Lindsay Hofford is facing five charges after allegedly becoming intoxicated, stealing a golf cart and hitting another vehicle in a New York state amusement park over the weekend.
Maple Leafs spokesperson Steve Keogh said the team is aware of the incident but declined to comment further.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s office said the incident happened at Darien Lake around 11:40 p.m. Saturday, according to The Buffalo News.
Reached by the Star, the Sheriff’s office wouldn’t comment on what it called “an ongoing investigation.”
According to the Buffalo News report, Hofford, 53, of Nobleton, Ont., was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, unauthorized use of vehicle without the owner’s consent, leaving the scene of an accident, making an unsafe lane change and refusing to take a breath test.
While you could say that getting blackout and stealing a golf cart is frowned upon in all circumstances, I disagree. I cannot help but think that Hofford was simply trying to maximize family fun during his amusement park visit. Riding a closely-monitored rollercoaster while fully secured by a seatbelt is one thing, but going on a drunken joyride in a stolen vehicle is a thrill that no depraved carny could ever provide. Cheers to you, Hofford. You got your money’s worth at the amusement park and hopefully your drunken mistakes will take fans’ minds off of that crushing first-round loss in the ’17 playoffs..
[via The Star]
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