The Tampa Bay Lightning recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of its 2004 Stanley Cup championship season, hosting a few days of events. During one such event, called Sunday with Stanley, members of the Cup-winning team gathered on a Sunday, making themselves available for photos and autographs.
So, of course, we took full advantage of the opportunity.
What we didn't do, though, was stand in the very long line to get autographs or take a picture with the Cup. Instead, we waited for the players to mill about the plaza in front of the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Well, really, it was just Colin, who had five members of the squad sign this puck commemorating the event: captain Dave Andreychuk, Jassen Cullimore, Ben Clymer, Brad Lukowich and Freddie Modin. I'm thinking, too, he may have set a personal record for number of autographs on a single puck.
The following Monday, when the Lightning played the Vancouver Canucks, the team gave away replica 2004 Stanley Cup Champions rings to the more than 19,000 people attending the game.
One of the fans, a nice gentleman who owns a waterfront condo managed by The Missus, thought Colin would like a ring. The man was right. Colin loved it.