Headed into the final weekend of the 2009-10 NHL season and hockey-hounding campaign, there were only two items I really wanted to get signed: Colin's replica third jersey of Florida's Stephen Weiss and a photo of Colin and his favorite Panthers player.
Everything else, I knew, would be pure gravy.
After a long campaign, which saw us snag nearly 1,700 autographs, it was more about putting the finishing touches on another body of work than simply padding the season's stats. All told, we added 41 autographs from the Panthers.
Signing pucks, shown above, were:
Top row: Keaton Ellerby, who inked Panthers and Rochester Americans offerings; and
Bottom row: Shawn Matthias, left, and Bryan McCabe.
We also got a handful of cards. Among those signing were:
Top row: Bryan Allen and Radek Dvorak; and
Bottom row: Ellerby and Nick Tarnasky.
Ellerby, the Panthers' top pick (10th overall) in 2007, also added to the cheap skate collection.
The other highlights from our last road team hounding session of the 2009-10 campaign:
~ Colin's 25th team sheet, which contained 23 autographs; and
~ 8x10s from four Panthers players: Keith Ballard, Scott Clemmensen, Dmitry Kulikov and Steve Reinprecht.