Tribune hockey pool winner Neil Abday along with a cardboard cutout of Clint Eastwood — the name of his pool-winning team — in Vancouver while attending a Canucks playoff game.

Tribune hockey pool winner Neil Abday along with a cardboard cutout of Clint Eastwood — the name of his pool-winning team — in Vancouver while attending a Canucks playoff game.

Pool winner enjoys trip to playoff game

If you’re locking down the top spot in the Tribune’s regular season NHL hockey pool you’re doing something right.

If you’re locking down the top spot in the Tribune’s regular season NHL hockey pool you’re doing something right.

To win the No. 1 and No. 2 spot, however, is simply unheard of.

This season, Neil Abday did just that and can finally repay his brother, Tobey, after 20 years when he became the winner of one of the Tribune’s first-ever hockey pools.

“I was very pleased with winning,” Neil said. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime type thing, and taking second place was a very nice bonus, as well.”

On Wednesday, April 15, as part of his winning prize, Neil and Tobey flew to Vancouver to catch game one of the Vancouver Canucks’ first-round playoff series against the Calgary Flames.

“Although the Canucks lost 2-1 to Calgary it was a very entertaining hockey game with a lot of electricity in the crowd,” Neil said. “The [pool] is a big fundraiser for Community Policing and it’s also very popular amongst my former co-workers at the local saw mills.”

Neil credited Caribou Ski Source for Sports owner Tom Wong for handling all the details surrounding his flight and hotel accommodation package.

“Tom did a fantastic job of putting together the package,” he said.  “A very enjoyable experience.”

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