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The 48th Highlanders Pipe and Drum Band Ready For Toronto’s First Home Game Tomorrow

from the CP at CP24,

The 48th Highlanders Pipe and Drum Band is ready for one of the oldest traditions in the NHL.

Master warrant officers Iain Lang and Chris Reesor will lead the group on to the ice on Saturday before the Toronto Maple Leafs' home opener against the Ottawa Senators as part of a ceremony that's over 80 years old.

"There's a few jobs every year that everybody enjoys doing and it's definitely one of the ones on the top, that people anticipate throughout the year," said Lang, the band's musical director and pipe major.

Although it's a much-anticipated and high-profile event, nerves are rarely an issue for the band, which is a mix of active members of the 48th Highlanders, retirees from the Canadian Forces, as well as police officers and other emergency personnel.

continued and below watch them in action at the Leafs' home opener in 2009...

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Down River Dan's avatar

I was at the last opening nite of Maple Leaf Gardens in 1998. It was the Wings only vist to Toronto that year and thus the last Wings & Leafs game at MLG.

The 48th Highlanders played in a ceramony before the game. It was very cool. I only wish they had smart phones back then.

If memory serves me the Wings lost and I think Domi had a goal??

Posted by Down River Dan on 10/04/13 at 03:48 PM ET

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