It was such a pleasant surprise, opening up an e-mail from Allan, Hound Central's correspondent in Toronto, and seeing the efforts of a quick hounding trip for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League.
Though he says he's not the biggest fan of hounding junior teams, Allan couldn't pass up an opportunity to snag a few autographs for a buddy, especially when the rink is only five minutes away.
So, what did Allan get signed?
Among the 19 players signing the team card, shown above, were goalies Kevin Bailie and Michael Zador (now at the Tampa Bay Lightning's rookie camp), left winger Nick Esposito, right winger John Padulo, centers Kory Nagy, Jeff Brown and Boone Jenner, and defenseman Calvin de Haan.
Jenner, the Generals' No. 1 pick and fourth overall in the 2009 Ontario Hockey League draft, also signed this official NHL practice puck.
De Hann, picked 12th overall by the New York Islanders in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, also signed this 8x10.