Canucks win kudos for helping ‘life-long’ fan by replacing blood-stained memorabilia
The Vancouver Canucks are being lauded for helping a young, long-time fan by replacing some team memorabilia that was destroyed during a break-and-enter at his Hamilton, Ont., home last month.
The Hamilton Spectator reports that 15-year-old Austin Sabourin, a Canucks fan “since he was born,” was playing a video game in his bedroom early July 16 when a stranger crashed through the ground-level apartment window.
Everything in the room became covered in blood as the man thrashed about before leaving the house. The 23-year-old man later died.
The Spectator says a Canucks representative contacted the newspaper after reading about the damage to Sabourin’s memorabilia.
“I was hoping that you might put us in touch with the family so that we might replace some of the memorabilia for him,” Harold Cecchetti, a community partnership associate with Canucks Sports & Entertainment, said in an email.
“It’s so exciting. It's a very delightful surprise,” Austin's mother, Cheryl Sabourin, told The Spectator. “In spite of everything that happened, it's so generous.”
The collection included several hats, T-shirts and team pennants, a welcome mat and a vintage sweater from the 1980s sporting the team’s logo.
“He’s been collecting cards and all kinds of other little things,” Cheryl Sabourin said of her teenage son. “He’s been a fan since he was born.”
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