GEORGE’S BROOK-MILTON, NL— It’s a collection any hockey fan would envy.
Elliott Reid is the pound owner of the complete set of Coors Light NHL Stanley Cup Banners.
Each of the 20 banners displays a NHL team which has won the coveted Stanley Cup.
It all started with when Elliott,12, received a New York Rangers banner from his grandmother.
“She didn’t know what it was at first, but she knew it was hockey and she knew that Elliott would like it,” explained Elliot’s mother Barbara. “So, she gave it to him and he was pretty excited.”
When word got out, Barbara says that groups of flags were donated from friends, co-workers, and teachers.
Within a few short weeks, Elliott had amassed the entire collection.
“It was unbelievable. People take an interest in what interests’ other people to put a smile on their face,” said Barbara.
“And that’s basically what it boiled down too. They knew that this was something Elliott was interested in, and that it would put a smile on his face, and they just went with it.”
Elliott’s favorite team is the Ottawa Senators, but his favorite banner is the Philadelphia Flyers.
Meanwhile, his younger brother Nicholas,10, is a Leafs fan. He likes his brother’s collection— although he jokingly says that the Leafs banner shouldn’t be hung next to a Montreal Canadiens banner.
Barbara says that it isn’t the first time that Elliott, who is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), has received similar gifts.
For example, last fall, Barbara says she meet a gentleman at work wearing a CFL Alouettes jacket.
She casually mentioned that her son watched the Alouettes. The man then asked Elliott’s age and address.
A short time later, an Alouettes hat and t-shirt were delivered.
At the end of the day, says Barbara, it’s stories like this that remind you of the good in the world.
“You hear so many bad news stories, especially with social media… but there are still good news stories, and there’s a lot of good people in the world.”