Friday, March 19, 2010

No need to howl

There's just something about Western Conference teams when they visit Hockey Bay. Most, if not all, certainly aren't shy about signing. And we're certainly not hesitant to ask.

Though other obligations kept me from spending an entire day hounding the Phoenix Coyotes, and likely rivaling other big-number efforts from Western Conference this season, a solid morning of hounding Tuesday produced another 56 autographs, including a season-high 21 pucks, for the collection.

Signing pucks, shown above, were:

Top row: Ilya Bryzgalov, Martin Hanzal and Mathieu Schneider; and
Bottom row: Viktor Tikhonov and Keith Yandle.

Also adding to the mound of pucks were:

Top row: Jason LaBarbera, Petteri Nokelainen and Taylor Pyatt; and
Bottom row: Ulf Samuelsson and Jim Vandermeer

Quite a few players signed cards, too:

Top row: Vernon Fiddler, Jason LaBarbera and Sami Lepesto;
Bottom row: Matthew Lombardi, Zbynek Michalek and Derek Morris; and

Top row: Tyson Nash, Petr Prucha and Lee Stempniak; and
Bottom row: Jim Vandermeer, Radim Vrbata and Daniel Winnik

Signing specialty sets cards were, from left, Adrian Aucoin, Martin Hanzal, Lauri Korpikoski and Keith Yandle.

Cheap skates cards signed by Paul Bissonnette and Viktor Tikhonov.

Other highlights from the Coyotes:

~ Shane Doan living up to his reputation;
~ Robert Lang dispelling a notion;
~ A trio of defensemen signing multiple pucks;
~ Keith Yandle completing a "doubles" card; and
~ Daniel Winnik signing our UNH jersey.

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