Game times other than 7 or 7:30 p.m. are a little tricky. When a game starts at 2 p.m., you know there won't be a morning skate. But when a game starts at 6 p.m., like it did recently when the Philadelphia Flyers came to Hockey Bay, you're not quite sure if there will be a morning skate.
We found out the hard way, then, putting in a long day. Thankfully, our patience was rewarded. In our first shared hockey-hounding adventure of the 2013 season, Colin and I racked up another 39 autographs, including 35 cards, for the collection.
The biggest score of the day came from Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke, who signed a Team Canada puck and two cards for us. Also signing pucks, shown above, were Bill Clement, a two-time Stanley Cup winner and former No. 1 draft pick of the Flyers, and Sean Couturier, selected eighth overall by the Flyers in 2011.
The biggest haul, as I said before, came through cards. Of them, Joe Mullen, a Hall of Famer and assistant coach of the Flyers, added to our ongoing Threads project:
We were fortunate enough to have three Philadelphia players Michael Leighton, from top to bottom, Luke Schenn and Wayne Simmonds each sign for cards for us, too:
A dozen other Flyers players signed at least one card for us:
Top row: Ilya Bryzgalov, Braydon Coburn and Ruslan Fedotenko; and
Bottom row: Kurtis Foster, Bruno Gervais and Claude Giroux.
Top row: Andrei Meszaros, Matt Read and Jody Shelley; and
Bottom row: Maxime Talbot, Kimmo Timonen and Jakub Voracek.
Next up: Captain Dave