Any time an Original Six team rolls into Hockey Bay, it draws a big crowd of hounds and fans. When that team is the New York Rangers, seasoned hounds know that crowd will be that much bigger. Big teams with big-name stars mean big crowds. It's just the way it is.
That doesn't mean, though, that you won't score some autographs.
After Colin and I headed out for a Saturday morning adventure -- our first of the 2013 hockey-hounding campaign -- we certainly didn't head home, only hours before into his final two regular season Jr. Bulls travel-team hockey games, empty-handed after dealing with the masses.
No, sir, not one little bit.
Though we missed on Brad Richards, arriving a few minutes too late, and later watched Henrik Lundqvist and Rick Nash ride the bus to the team's morning skate, we came home with a respectable 24 autographs, including this puck signed by Marc Staal and another by Marian Gaborik.
Signing cards, shown above, were:
Top row: Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan and Benn Ferriero; and
Bottom row: Gaborik, Daniel Girardi and Carl Hagelin.
More Rangers players who signed cards were:
Top row: Jeff Halpern, Ryan McDonagh and Taylor Pyatt; and
Bottom row: Staal, Derek Stepan and Anton Stralman; while
Michael Del Zotto inked a quartet of cards.