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2014-05-20 at 10:20

Paying up

Rob Bates (right) puts the finishing touches on a temporary Montreal Canadiens logo on Mayor Keith Hobbs’ head Tuesday morning in the CKPR studios.
Leith Dunick,
Rob Bates (right) puts the finishing touches on a temporary Montreal Canadiens logo on Mayor Keith Hobbs’ head Tuesday morning in the CKPR studios.
By Leith Dunick,

THUNDER BAY -- Mayor Keith Hobbs is a diehard Boston Bruins fan.

He owns an autographed Stan Jonathan hockey card lining a shelf in his office, a autographed picture of Bobby Orr and a Bruins logo tattooed on his bicep.

Yet Tuesday, as he strolled into City Hall to greet the work week, Thunder Bay’s mayor sported an airbrushed Montreal Canadiens logo on the side of his hairless head.

Hobbs, who last year had to grin-and-bear it, raising a Chicago Blackhawks flag in front of the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, after Patrick Sharp led the Hawks past Boston in the Stanley Cup final, was making good on a bet made with CKPR morning-show man Danny Foresta.

Foresta, an equally fervent (and equally bald) Montreal fan, challenged Hobbs during the second round of the playoffs, when the Bruins and Habs squared off against each other.

Had Boston prevailed, Foresta would be sporting the Bruins logo on his dome.

But the Bruins, the top-ranked team heading into the NHL playoffs, fell in seven games.
On Tuesday, Hobbs paid up.

“It’s a sad day,” Hobbs said. “I never thought in a million years after the season the Bruins had that I’d be standing here with this tattoo on me.”

But a bets a bet, the mayor added.

“It’s burning right now, it’s burning into my skin, but a bets is a bet and you have to keep your word,” said Hobbs, who said his Bruins simply got outskated by the Canadiens.

“I think Chara was tired. He looked really tired. And the goaltender (Carey) Price just stood on his head. (Tuukka) Rask was just adequate.”
Foresta said it was all in good fun.

“It was very exciting,” the bubbly disc jockey said.

“He was such a great sport about it. It actually looked really, really good. That wonderful logo is perfect. I love it.”

Foresta admitted he was nervous when the Bruins took a 3-2 series lead.

Tattoo artist Robert Bates of R Star Designs and Dekor, said the hour-long process was actually an easy job.

“It was a great canvas to work on,” he said.

Hobbs added he hopes the temporary tattoo turns Montreal’s fortunes around in the Eastern Conference final. The Canadiens trail Thunder Bay’s Marc Staal and the New York Rangers 2-0.

The story got social media traction on Tuesday, and was even picked up by The Bleacher Report

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Stephen says:
Ex-cop? check.
Hockey tattoo on head? check.
5/21/2014 11:31:04 AM
Sandstorm says:
@S Duncan: this was on the CKPR morning show... As in first thing in the morning.. As in before his work hours. Hobbs did this in the AM on his own time. I find nothing wrong with a mayor who's down to earth and actually takes part (and has meaningful) fun with events like this. Never saw Peterson do anything like this.. Or even smile now that I think of it.
5/20/2014 10:32:27 PM
S Duncan says:
Disappointing that a mayor who claims to work 100s of hours a week can waste those resources on trivial matters like this.

Seriously, doesn't he have more important stuff to do?

We pay a hefty salary for this guy and this is how he spends our time?

If you want to make a buffoon out of yourself Hobbs, do it on your own time, not the city's.

and making stupid humiliating bets on hockey games? are you 13 or 14 years old Keith?

I think he should remove himself from any event center issues because this man is obviously prepared to make an idiot of himself and spend our tax dollars to support a hockey team.
5/20/2014 6:12:31 PM
TBDR says:
you were probably still in bed sleeping when this happened
5/21/2014 12:24:13 AM
Tannoy says:
So the mayor isn't allowed to have any type of fun at all? Grow up.
5/22/2014 8:12:38 AM
broken says:
Fun happens when all the work's been done where I come from.. Mayor needs to grow up and lead the city not waste time on sporting bets.
5/22/2014 10:30:38 AM
mercy mercy me says:
a Montreal Canadiens' muzzle would have been more benneficial to us, and him in the long run
5/20/2014 5:23:49 PM
broken says:
I'd like to make a bet on whatever campaign promises are made.. and if they don't happen.. PAY UP! (or face pentalties). Seems like a good way to keep candidates accountable.. At least we know Hobbs honours bets he loses (since it's apparently 'news')
5/20/2014 2:41:09 PM
eventscentre says:
Way too many external factors for politicians to keep every promise they make. They're human, and they do the best they can. No one can say that Hobbs doesn't love our city and that he wants to see it prosper
5/20/2014 7:40:09 PM
broken says:
Of course they can't keep every promise, but perhaps that's part of the problem with this system to begin with. A platform of 'promises' which rarely see a candidate taken to task for not fulfilling (short of not being re-elected). I think his time could be better spent working as a mayor than taking photo ops about lost sporting bets tho.. but as you say.. they're human, and do the best they can lol.. "But a bets a bet" (only reason I suggested this.. Hobbs seems to actually honour lost bets)
5/21/2014 8:49:38 AM
jasper says:
Toronto is beautiful at this time of year. they would love it, as I am sure the city of Toronto would love having them.
5/20/2014 2:35:27 PM
opinions2014 says:
There is so much politicians can do to keep the agenda of their campaign. All I can say good job on taking such a big responsibility of becoming a leader instead of being a person who complains complains and complains but doesnt do a thing to change things.
5/20/2014 1:26:35 PM
tiredofit says:
5/22/2014 6:54:25 AM
Moosehead says:
Saw this on bleacher report
5/20/2014 10:49:03 AM
Tannoy says:
Ha - Ha (Nelson Voice)
5/20/2014 10:34:34 AM
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