No, not just because it marked his 29th game out of 31 in the Akron Aeros starting lineup. And not only because he just finished one of the best months of his career.
But Sunday, July 1, was Canada Day. And for the 24-year-old and only Canadian on the Aeros team, that meant a special observance at Akron’s Canal Park.
Before the afternoon game, a local hockey fan sang the national anthem while draped in a red maple leaf flag. Throughout the game, Weglarz and teammates shared their love for Canada on the Aeros video board. There were Canadian random facts, plenty of beavers and many, many snippets of “Oh Canada” 1 .
- Those lucky enough to be in the Canal Park press box also heard Akron Beacon Journal writer Stephanie Storm and I belt out the anthem, too, in the seventh inning. Weglarz laughed at the idea of that after the game. [back]