Friend Encounters is a weekly series featuring friends who have met celebrities.
Today's feature is a shocker. Don Martukovich is a huge softball fan and is usually pictured here with Pro and college softball players. Here though, Don is pictured with a hockey mascot.
The Cleveland Lumberjacks were a team in the International Hockey League from 1992-2001. The team disbanded when the IHL ceased operations.
Don met Buzz, the Beaver mascot, at a Cleveland Lumberjacks throwback weekend in 2020. I knew Don loved softball, but look at the joy on his face here. I love this pic. It is pure fun. Who would have thought softball Don would trade his softball jersey for a hockey sweater, even if only temporarily?!
Don is a great guy. I absolutely love all of the pictures he posts on social media. He has also helped me many times with identifying players in pictures I took. I really appreciate Don's photographic work, his keen eye with identification and mostly his kindness over the years.
Buzz and Don Martukovich in Cleveland, OH-January 2020.