Monday, February 18, 2013
Hockey Graphing at the Honda Center
I decided to wake up early Monday morning and head out to the Honda Center for some hockey graphing. Since Monday was President's Day, myself and many other children throughout the country had the day off, and I figured that it would be a perfect opportunity to not only reunite with some of the Ducks, who just came back from a two week long road trip, but also graph the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.
The morning got off to a good start. Future Hall of Fame inductee Teemu Selanne came over and signed some autographs after dropping off his car to get washed in the back of the arena. The Ducks will bring out five or six men to wash the players cars about every other week. While it is nice for the players, it is not as nice for us graphers as some of the players enter through the front while others go in the back where the men were washing their cars. Luckily we spotted Teemu's car from the front and hustled to the back, where Teemu was kind enough to sign as always.
Teemu actually only signed two cards coming in, but signed the other two on the bottom row when he left practice. He is always a class act and never minds if you go up to him and ask him for another autograph. A few players walked in that I didn't have any cards for. My Ducks collection was actually running low since I got a majority of my cards signed the last time I went to the Honda Center. I even "borrowed" a few cards from my brother-in-law to help restock my book. I ended up having to wait until the end of practice to get some more autographs, but it was well worth it as former NHL MVP Corey Perry came out the back and picked up his freshly cleaned Mercedes.
Perry is probably the biggest "jerk" on the team, yet he is still my favorite player. I put the term jerk in quotation marks because the word doesn't describe him well. It's not that he doesn't sign, it's just that he is very shy and will not interact with fans at all, instead just scribbling "CP10" on their items, but hey, at least he signs.
I was then able to catch Ducks' third string goaltender Jeff Deslauires (Pardon me if I spelt that wrong). Jeff has been bouncing up and down between the NHL and the AHL, so it was nice to finally get his autograph on the three cards that I had from his days with the Edmonton Oilers.
Ducks prospect Peter Holland then came out soon after. Peter is another guy that has bounced back and forth between the Ducks and their farm system, so like Deslauires, I was glad to get Peter on my cards. He was kind enough to sign both of my cards.
The last pair of people to come out were Andrew Cogliano and Ben Lovejoy. Both Cogliano and Lovejoy signed a card each for me. I asked Lovejoy if he was enjoying California so far (this was his first game in Anaheim since being traded from the Penguins), he replied with, "Yeah, so far!". Let's hope he continues to enjoy California and helps lead the Ducks to another cup!
That was it for the Ducks. I went over to the other side of the arena to try and get some of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Unfortunately, the bus that was taking the Blue Jackets drove down the tunnel, and none of the players were kind enough to come to the top and sign for us, so that was that. I thought about trying the team hotel, since I came prepared with a lot of cards, but thought better of it after about five minutes. Overall it wasn't a bad way to spend my day off. It is really a short week for me considering I am leaving Wednesday after school for my first trip to Spring Training. I will keep you all updated on how I do in Arizona! Thanks for reading and enjoy your week!