Earlier today, I went to my local Réno-Dépôt store, where there was a reunion of sorts of the 3 main characters involved in a controversial play/call that occurred during a 1987 playoff game between the Québec Nordiques and Montréal Canadiens, in which then NHL referee Kerry Fraser disallowed a good goal scored by the Nordiques' Alain Côté. At the time, the Nordiques were coached by Michel Bergeron. That play has been the subject of several heated discussions between Nordiques and Canadiens fans throughout the years and the Québec fans always made sure to remind Kerry Fraser that they remembered the call he made that night every time he would referee a game in Québec from then on. Anyway, the renovation of a local store was the reason for the promotional stunt which brought Kerry Fraser, Michel Bergeron and Alain Côté together for an autograph signing session. All three were in a good mood and seemed to enjoy themselves! :o) Here's what I got signed:
I found an old card signed by Ed Westfall at a local hobby shop earlier today. I don't know if he's a good signer or not, but I couldn't pass up this card considering it was only a few bucks, it looks great and so does Mr. Westfall's autograph!
I went to the Colisée Pepsi this afternoon hoping to catch a few former NHL players who are in town as coaches and/or fathers of kids playing in the annual Pee-Wee tournament. Just by hanging near the players' entrance inside the building, I managed to get all these signed by Patrick Poulin, Mark Recchi, Rob Blake and Todd Bertuzzi (who was in a hurry):
A bit later, I noticed Mr. Bertuzzi sitting alone in the arena, so I went up to him and he signed the other card I had of him:
All in all, it was a great day for autographs, given the small amount of time I was able to spend at the Colisée today!
Earlier tonight, a preseason game between the Montréal Canadiens and the Carolina Hurricanes was played at the Colisée Pepsi in Québec. I went to the game with a few cards of players of both teams, not expecting much. At the beginning of the game, I noticed a few players sitting together up in the balconies. I went up there (it was accessible to the public, although nobody sat there for the game - the game wasn't sold out) just before the 2nd intermission and found out that the players hanging out up there were all Carolina players (those who weren't playing tonight, obviously). Unfortunately, I hadn't done my homework and couldn't recognize most of them (always do your homework, kids!). One I did recognize was Jordan Staal, who signed my 2 cards:
Also up in the balconies, but in another section of the Colisée, Ron Francis stood alone as the 3rd period was about to begin. With the help of Justine, a hounding colleague, I was able to get 2 cards signed by him:
After the game, I waited outside the arena for the players from both teams to come out. Save for Brandon Prust, none of the Canadiens players came out and signed, as their team bus was parked in the garage inside the arena. As for the Hurricanes, they had to come out of the arena to get on their team bus. There was almost no security there, which should have helped, but most of the players went straight to the bus without stopping for anyone. One player who was generous of his time and signed for a few minutes was Eric Staal, who signed this card for me: