Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thanks, Victor

Now that the Tampa Bay Lightning's website beat me to the punch, even causing a slight, but tolerable embarrassment, it's time to show the rewards of our efforts in attending last night's Lightning Radio Show at a McDonald's in Tampa.

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman was the guest of honor, taking questions from fans and signing autographs later. Technically, I don't think of these as hounding opportunities, but I seldom look a gift horse, so to speak, in the mouth. An autograph is an autograph, always adding to the collection.

While getting autographs was cool, the time Hedman spent answering Colin's question on-air and then talking to him for a few minutes later about playing travel hockey certainly created memories for Colin and myself. And, really, that's the most important thing for us.

For the record, Colin asked Hedman if he ever played travel hockey as a kid. Surprisingly, Hedman said he didn't. There were enough kids and rinks in his hometown that it wasn't necessary to travel. Certainly raised my eyebrows.

A bonus, too, was that Rick Peckham, the show's moderator, added that Colin played for the Tampa Bay Jr. Lightning and told listeners about the Squirt A squad's championship at the Labor Day tournament in Ellenton.

Besides adding to Colin's Tampa Bay Jr. Lightning hat, here are the other items we got signed last night:

Hedman signed this new-look Lightning logo puck; and

a promotional T-shirt produced by the Lightning during Hedman's rookie season.

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