Four months ago I received an email asking if I would be interested in being an extra in a Tim Hortons commercial. A famous hockey player would be involved but it was top secret.
I’m all about experiences for my kids, much more so than giving them ‘stuff’ so I emailed back right away explaining that I’d love to be involved but my husband works on the weekends and would it be okay if I could bring my two boys along. BAM! Just like that my kids were going to get to experience the making of a commercial.
While my older son is the speedster in the family, my younger son is all hockey. When I told him about the commercial his eyes lit up. I wonder who the hockey player will be??? The days coming up to the shoot were almost as fun as doing the commercial itself as we tried to guess the famous hockey player.
For the record, my guess was so off-base my kids still make fun of me and yet my guess made complete sense and I stand by it.
The day of the shoot we drove to Copps Coliseum in Hamilton where we met up with Chris Read and Shannon Mishuk and her son, who would also be extras in the commercial. And just so you know, you can’t see any of us in the actual finished product, we were fans in the stands, cheering and making noise.
It was there, in the underground of the arena, we finally found out who the famous hockey player would be.
I know, right? I was all, “Holy Crap!” and Hockey Playing Son’s jaw almost hit the floor. I immediately texted Hockey Playing Husband and while I won’t post his, ahem, less than family-friendly response, let’s just say he was more than a little jealous.
Soon we were ushered into the stands where we worked on our acting chops, i.e. cheering. We were just up and to the left of where the players were sitting on the bench and when Hockey Playing Son saw Sidney Crosby only 20 feet away, his face lit up. As a parent it was a pretty great moment but it actually gets better.
Because during a break in filming Shannon, Chris and I were told that after lunch we would get to meet Sidney. We weren’t allowed to bring cameras and it would be a short visit but we would get to meet him - I thought my son’s head would explode with excitement.
We were ushered into a room and about ten minutes later, Sidney walked in. He was extremely kind and friendly and spoke to everyone. When it was Hockey Playing Son’s turn, Sidney asked him about his hockey then listened to his answer while they shook hands. When Hockey Playing Son took his hand away, he looked at it like he would never wash it again, his eyes wide, a huge grin covering his face.
His hockey hero shook his hand.
While at first I was kind of sad I couldn’t take pictures I’m glad we weren’t allowed to because if I had been busy trying to document the meeting I might have replaced this amazing moment with a posed shot. I may not have a photo but seeing my son look at his hand in awe is etched into my memories and onto my heart forever. This parenting gig can sometimes be a bit tough going so to have a moment where I witnessed my son meeting one of his heroes. Well that, my friends, is priceless.
Every time we watch the commercial, even though you can’t see us, my boys are quick to point out where we were in the stands (at 1:05 we are just up and to the left of where the hockey players are coming in).
Now from January 6 to 25, 2014, Canadians can visit the Tim Hortons #JumpTheBoards app on Facebook to enter for the once in a lifetime opportunity of getting on the ice with hockey star Sidney Crosby. I’ve already entered for my son. Pretty sure he and Sidney are going to be best buds soon.
p.s. I wasn’t paid to write this although apparently I will get paid by the actor’s union as an extra.
p.p.s. I would have paid them for the moment they gave us.
p.p.s. That my youngest son kept this a secret for four months is nothing short of miraculous. Do you have any idea how hard it is not to tell your friends and hockey teammates that you met Sidney Crosby????