Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Cleaning up

With the Ottawa Senators being the second-to-last NHL team to visit Hockey Bay during the 2009-10 campaign, it was time to pull out all the stops, so to speak, as Colin and I used a multitude of items -- pucks, cards, photos, a team sheet and even a McFarlane base.

Our efforts, which took us to two hotels (bad intel and laziness on my part) and an upscale mall (our first mall-based hounding in Florida), were rewarded, as we added another 46 autographs, including nine pucks, over two days of hounding the Senators.

Cards, too, made up a sizable component of the haul. Of the 17 we snagged:

Top row: Matt Cullen, Pascal Leclaire and Milan Michalek; and
Bottom row: Chris Neil, Chris Phillips and Jarkko Ruutu.

Among the other items we gathered over the two days of hounding:

Pucks signed by, from left, Brian Elliott, Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza;

Proof that cards showing players in black jerseys can be used for hounding, as these examples from Mike Fisher, from left, Nick Foligno and Jesse Winchester can attest; and

For good measure, Jason Spezza also signed this McFarlane base.

Other highlights from two days of hounding:

~ Captain Daniel Alfredsson, two days after reaching the 1,000-game mark of his career, signing a pair of Senators pucks;
~ Colin getting in some mall hounding as he worked his team sheet;
~ Jason Spezza and Nick Foligno making a kid's day; and
~ Putting some discounted American Hockey League pucks to good use.

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