This is the 21st in our summer series in which we are drawing hockey cards at random from a box and writing about them.
Eight years ago, Schnookie decided she wanted to lease a Saab; as a new-car gift, Pookie bought her a Playmobil version of a Saab, and, with the use of some model paint, included a little Mats Sundin to go with it.
We named him Victory Euro Mats, and he was established in a place of honor on Schnookie’s dashboard, held in place by double-sided tape, with his arms over his head like he was lifting a Stanley Cup.
Those were Victory Euro Mats’s glory days, along with the real-life Mats.
However, the years have not been kind to Victory Euro Mats, in an eerie parallel with his namesake. His Stanley Cupless hands remained empty, held aloft over his head in a mockery of the “Victory” part of his moniker. Schnookie, ever fickle, terminated her lease early and bought a Prius. His double-stick tape got fried by too much sun and he was no longer able to support his own weight. He was moved into her glove compartment, and was forgotten.
And now here we are, waiting on the real-life Mats to decide where his real-life glove compartment is going to be. Will it be back in Toronto? How about Vancouver? Or a retirement in Sweden? It may very well be months before we find out, but in the meantime, Victory Euro Mats is just happy that the PBS dispenser regurgitated real-life Mats’s card, so he could see a bit of daylight just this one more time.