When Evander Kane, hockey player and apparent baller, called up teammates Jamie McGinn and Carlo Colaiacovo to ask if they would like to take a helicopter to Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, it didn’t take much convincing.
“It was too good of an opportunity to pass up,” Colaiacovo, a Toronto native and big Blue Jays fan, Kane told Buffalo reporter Bill Hoppe.
“It happened on short notice. It was a great gesture by him. It something that’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do something like that. It was superstar status, that’s for sure.”
— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) October 19, 2015
A short chopper to right, thus avoiding QEW traffic, and the three Buffalo Sabres sat smack behind home plate to take in the Jays’ 11-8 defeat of the Kansas City Royals in Game 3.
“I know some of the boys wanted to go, so I figured out some transportation,” Kane told reporters after Tuesday’s practice at the First Niagara Center.
Kane calculated that a 30-minute helicopter would be safer and more fun than driving.
“To get a chance to be a part of an event with that much on the line was outstanding. It was a great experience for me and something I’ll never forget,” Colaiacovo said.
Because of their prime box seats, the Sabres were captured on the national broadcast.
A big sports fan, Kane also attended Game 2 of the National League Championship Series game, taking in Cubs-Mets in New York.
He joked after the Jays’ win Monday that the Toronto club should consider whisking the Sabres and their good fortune back to Rogers Centre for Tuesday’s Game 4.
— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) October 20, 2015
The Sabres’ next game goes against fellow Blue Jays fans, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Wednesday in Buffalo.