Today I had the morning off, so I headed to the Colisée Pepsi hoping to catch Rod Brind'Amour, whose son Skyler is playing for the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes.
Once I got there, I caught Benoît Hogue who was there once again this year as coach of the New York Islanders. He signed these for me:
After that I proceeded to look around the whole Colisée for Rod Brind'Amour, but I never saw him. I was told later on that he wasn't in town. At least I got Shane Willis' autograph after the game. He was there as coach of the Jr. Hurricanes. Here's what I got signed by him:
Tonight I went to the Colisée Pepsi for the game between the little St. Louis Blues and the L.A. Selects. Before the game, I found 3 of the coaches of the Blues sitting together in the arena. They are Keith Tkachuk, John Wensink and Kelly Chase! They all took the time to sign my cards and were all friendly. Here are scans of the cards I got signed!
Once again today, I went to the Galeries de la Capitale, this time for the little Philadelphia Flyers' exhibition game. Some of the little Flyers have pretty famous surnames: Primeau, Hatcher, Brière, LeClair and White (who is Peter White's son and Bobby Clarke's grandson). John LeClair and Derian Hatcher were around as spectator and assistant coach respectively, so I was able to get them to sign these after the game:
I had heard of Derian Hatcher's peculiar way of signing his name, but had never witnessed it firsthand. It's hard to describe, but his way of holding a pen is quite original and somewhat explains his weird signature!
Another year, another edition of the Quebec International Pee-Wee Tournament!
This morning I went to the Galeries de la Capitale, a shopping center located about 10 minutes away from the Colisée Pepsi, for an exhibition game featuring the Anaheim Jr. Ducks. One of their assistant coaches this year is none other than Scott Niedermayer, whose oldest son Logan is playing with the team. Before the game, he generously signed all these for me!
I went back to the Galeries de la Capitale later in the day for the Atlanta Fire's exhibition game. Another future Hall of Famer was there, but this time it was a baseball player. Tom Glavine was around to watch one of his sons, Peyton, play for the Fire. During an intermission, he signed all 4 cards that I had:
Did you know that the same year Mr. Glavine was drafted by the Atlanta Braves, he was also drafted by the Los Angeles Kings? He elected to play baseball though and the rest is history!
I went to the game between the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and the hometown Québec Remparts earlier tonight and waited for autographs after the game. From the Remparts, I managed to get autographs from Adam Erne, Anthony Duclair and projected 2012 NHL Entry Draft 1st round pick Mikhail Grigorenko:
I didn't need anyone from the Titan's autograph, so I then waited for Patrick Roy to come out. He eventually did (I was the only one left waiting for him then) and he signed my 4 cards:
He insisted on using his own black Sharpie but I don't mind, the cards look great!