This puck earns Hound Central 5.0's coveted Top Shelf status not so much that Anaheim's Teemu Selanne signed it for Colin on Thursday, but the funny story behind it.
Last summer, when Colin was playing his first season ever of organized hockey, I told him he could mimic Selanne's iconic duck-hunting celebration after scoring the record-setting 54th goal of his 1992-93 rookie NHL season (he scored 76 that season), if and when he scored his first hat trick.
Lo and behold, about two weeks later, Colin scored three goals in game and, for one of the few times in his young life, remembered something I told him. Unfortunately, not everyone was as excited as Colin, who got a lecture about showboating after returning to the bench.
Now, fast forward to Thursday, when Colin met Selanne down here in Hockey Bay:
Colin to Teemu: "Did you know I got in trouble for celebrating my first hat trick like you did with your world record goal?"
Teemu to Colin: "You mean when I threw my glove up in the air?"
Colin: "Yeah, that's what I did. I got in trouble for that."
Teemu, grinning from ear-to-ear: "Yeah, I can imagine."