Minden’s Hunter Hamilton will be on national television March 12 when he skates onto the Scotiabank Arena ice as the flag-bearer in a game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Matt Duchene’s Nashville Predators.

It was his mom, Cheryl’s, idea to enter Hunter in the Scotiabank Skaters competition in December.

Cheryl got a message on her cell phone saying Hunter had won, and she should contact organizers by Friday, Feb. 21. However, she didn’t get the message until Sunday, Feb. 23. Worried Hunter would miss out, she said she looked up the phone caller’s name on Facebook and contacted her that way to ensure they would keep Hunter’s spot.

In addition to the honour of Hunter skating on the ice with his beloved Maple Leafs, including his favourite Mitch Marner, the family gets four tickets to the game. Hunter will also get a jersey and prize package. He’s planning to wear a GoPro on his helmet to capture it all.

Asked how he felt when he’d found out he’d been selected, Hunter, who plays for the Highland Storm, told The Highlander this week, “I got really excited. Like, I get to hang out with the Maple Leafs.”

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