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Maple Leafs superfan Bobby Desmond gets send off to Toronto

Northwood resident and Toronto Maple Leafs superfan Bobby Desmond got a huge send off Thursday as he embarks on a trip of a lifetime to see his favourite hockey team play.

Special hockey cards were created in honour of Bobby Desmond's trip

Bobby Desmond smiles at his send off party Thursday. (CBC)

Northwood resident and Toronto Maple Leafs superfan Bobby Desmond got a huge send off Thursday as he embarks on a trip of a lifetime to see his favourite hockey team play.

Thanks to a donor, the 63-year-old Halifax man with cerebral palsy, two nurses and an occupational therapist are being flown to see the Leafs take on the Ottawa Senators on Easter Sunday. 

The donor is still a mystery.

Staff and fellow residents packed a meeting room at the long-term care facility to cheer Bobby on. He was captain and star player of the day, with special hockey cards created in honour of the trip.

The Murphy family, friends of Desmond's, came out to present him with a Maple Leafs sweater with his name on the back. He says he will wear it on game night.

"We wanted to come see Bobby and give him a present and it turned into a big thing, and to be a small part of it…" Amy Murphy said through tears.

Fellow tenant Jean Connolly said everyone at Northwood loves Desmond.

Amy Murphy and family attended Thursday's send off party for Bobby Desmond. (CBC)

"We all love him because he's so adorable. You just want to squeeze him," she said.

"At times I have to get after him for hitting on my wife," Ken Connolly laughed. "Hope he sees his picture on the big screen."

Desmond became a fan 48 years ago, when the team last won the Stanley Cup. He's going for a win against the Sens Sunday night.

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