Some say you should never meet your heroes. I suppose of course that the inference is somehow their inevitable mortality will underwhelm. But like so much in life, it's all about managing expectations and embracing that humanity. Meatsmith was lucky enough to participate in the Maritime NHL'ers for Kids golf tournament two weeks ago, which put me in the class of some Canadians who definitely fall into hero status. I can say in every possible way, these people not only met but exceeded my expectations.
As an organization, Maritime NHL'ers for Kids https://maritimenhlersforkids.com has been raising money to get kids playing our cherished but pricey national passion for 20 years. The crew this year included current NHL players and other pros, past players (more than a few with their names on Lord Stanley's cup), coaches, Olympians and the like, along with one of my favourite Canadians, Ron MacLean. It's hard to imagine our national narrative without Ron's gifted narrations. His ability to weave humour, compassion, knowledge and a sense of occasion together is second to none. I took the opportunity to tell him that and he accepted the compliment like the gentleman he is. Hero met and opinion elevated.
And for the broader group, what a genuinely good group of people. People who earned their status and roles through their hard work and tenacity and who take the opportunity to give back. A snapshot view, yes, but what was so extraordinary was the lack of ego. These heroes, Maritime heroes, were as real as it gets.
And since they were all so nice, take it with a grain of salt, but they loved the Meatsmith bars. Wishing us lots of success and proud to hear of the deep and ongoing links between Meatsmith and the Maritimes. Pasture-raised grass-fed Maritime beef, made in Nova Scotia and for the tournament, the wild blueberry smokey BBQ bar to showcase Nova Scotia's treasured berry.
So thank you to Maritime NHL'ers for Kids, and count us in for next year