The Elbow staff
TORONTO, ON – According to multiple sources in the Maple Leafs organization, a number of the team's defencemen plan on dressing up as real hockey players for Halloween.
The group, consisting of Matt Hunwick, Roman Polak and Martin Marincin, confirmed on Friday morning during a video session that they would give it a try.
"I got into my full costume at home last night and it was so cool," Hunwick said. "I felt so professional, like Bozie or JVR."
"I ran around my apartment with the stick and everything, pretending to be Bob Cole calling the game at the same time."
Much to the amusement of several of their friends, what started out as a bit of a joke a few weeks ago is finally coming to fruition.
"When Matt [Hunwick] suggested the idea, I thought there was no way they'd follow through with it," a mutual friend said. "It's just one of those costumes that I don't think they can pull off."
"But I guess not everything on Halloween has to be totally realistic."
When Polak tried his costume for the first time on Friday, it is believed that he needed help tying up his skates.
"I've never known how to use these things," he said, with the laces in a mess around his hands. "I usually just tuck them into the top of the boots and then walk around the ice."
Polak was later seen wobbling towards the ice at the Air Canada Centre before an arena worker stopped him and said the ice was only available to Leafs players today.