Saturday, May 8, 2010

Red carpet treatment

For the past few seasons, the Tampa Bay Lightning have held a red carpet pregame walk before the final regular-season home game. Provided you get their early enough, it's a good opportunity to score some late-season autographs as the players make their way into the St. Pete Times Forum.

In Colin's case, you managed to snag a ringside seat, so to speak, to snag 11 autographs on a 2009-10 team yearbook before the Bolts hosted the Florida Panthers. Though he doodled a bit on the cover, as kids sometimes do, the yearbook helped Colin cap off another full season of hockey-hounding.

The biggest score on the cover came from center Vinny Lecavalier. Joining the Lightning captain were winger Teddy Purcell, center Nate Thompson and the team's mascot, Thunderbug.

Other Bolts who stopped to sign the program:

Center Steven Stamkos;

Right winger Marty St. Louis;

Right winger Steve Downie;

Center Zenon Konopka;

Goalie Mike Smith;

Defenseman Mattias Ohlund; and

Defenseman Mike Lundin.

We'll likely add to the yearbook if the Lightning holds a summer prospects camp here in Hockey Bay. Should it take place, and we haven't heard otherwise, perhaps Colin can add autographs from these players: Carter Ashton, Mitch Fadden, Johan Harju, Riku Helenius, Alex Hutchings, Jaroslav Janus, Alexander Killorn, Vasily Koshechkin, Richard Panik, Kevin Quick, Dustin Tokarski, Dana Tyrell, Ty Wishart, James Wright and Michael Zador.

If not, there's always training camp, right?

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