Any trip back to New England wouldn't be complete without paying a visit to Colin's "Uncle Johnny" in Nashua, N.H. Furthermore, any visit to Uncle Johny's wouldn't be complete without his sharing of Boston Bruins memorabilia.
As we've learned, saying "no" is out of the question. Instead, we truly appreciate his generosity.
Besides the Bruins Patrice Bergeron jersey, complete with a 2011 Stanley Cup champions patch, that Colin received, we also were given, among other items, a sample Massachusetts "Invest in Youth Hockey" license plate signed by Bruins legend Cam Neely and a signed photo by Neely appearing as Sea Bass in Dumb and Dumber.
We also received this game-used stick signed by Bruins goalie Tim Thomas:
Gee, I wonder where all of the red paint on the back of the stick's shaft came from? A net, perhaps?
Though Thomas may have worn out his welcome in Boston, this stick will have a home here in Hockey Bay.
Once again, thanks Uncle Johnny.
Addendum: On a side note, Colin scored some Stanley Cup champion bargains at the Bruins Pro Shop inside the TD Banknorth Garden, too. A hat, T-shirt, Stanley Cup banners magnets, street sign and a pin for under $30.
He's glad he waited a year to buy the souvenirs, as he likely saved himself close to $70 over all of those gotta-have-it-right-now prices that others paid.