One of my highlights of any hockey-hounding campaign is any time the Buffalo Sabres -- my hometown team -- travel to Hockey Bay to play the Tampa Bay Lightning. By and large, the Sabres are one of the better signing teams in the NHL. That, alone, makes it worth the trip.
Kindred spirits, we are, rooting for the Blue and Gold.
On the Sabres' last visit, I was flying solo during the hounding adventure. Given work, school and hockey schedules, that's the way it will sometimes this season.
Still, that didn't keep me from adding another 24 autographs, including the 2010 American Hockey League All Stars Game puck, shown above, signed by Tyler Ennis.
Signing the pucks shown above were, from left, Ryan Miller, Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek.
For the record, Patrick Kaleta, a fellow Buffalo kid, also signed a puck and Steve Ott showed my resourceful nature. The rest of the haul came in cards:
Drew Stafford signed these four cards.
Also signing were:
Top row: Nathan Gerbe, Christian Ehrhoff, Jonas Enroth and Jochen Hecht; and
Bottom row: Cody Hodgson, Mikhail Grigorenko, Tyler Myers and Robyn Regehr.