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May 15, 2002
Lastman bets on another Leafs win
Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman has reached a gentlemen's agreement with Mayor
Charles Meeker, City of Raleigh, North Carolina. If the Toronto Maple Leafs
beat the Carolina Hurricanes in their NHL best of seven series, Mayor Meeker
will wear a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey to a meeting of Raleigh City Council and
he will plant a Canadian maple tree outside Raleigh City Hall.

If Carolina wins the series, Mayor Lastman will wear a Hurricanes jersey to the
next meeting of Toronto City Council and will plant a North Carolina oak tree
in Nathan Phillips Square.

"The Hurricanes are about to meet the Perfect Storm - the grit, heart and
determination of our Toronto Maple Leafs," said Mayor Lastman. "Thank goodness
I get a volume discount on all these Leafs jerseys I keep buying!"

Mayor Lastman will be sending his third Maple Leafs jersey in three years to
the Mayor of Ottawa later this week. "I hope Mayor Chiarelli and Mayor Meeker
will have a lot in common very soon," said Mayor Lastman.

The Leafs meet the Hurricanes beginning tomorrow in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The Leafs eliminated the Ottawa Senators and the New York Islanders to advance
to the Stanley Cup semi-finals.

"Canada's hockey capital is pumped to beat Carolina. Let's keep the Cup in
Canada," said Mayor Lastman. "The Leafs in six is my prediction!"

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