The draft experience as awesome. John will have our podcast posted up sometime soon, it captures the crowd, the fans, the glitz n glamour and even the booooredom of it all – heck we stayed til round 7 baby! Tons of people there for the first round, we had to sit in the balcony until the Canucks made their pick then the place pretty much cleared out. We moved down to the lower bowl, right near the entrance/exit for the coaching staff (probably one of the only ways to the loo) so lots of old timers, record breakers and just-signed prospects were walking by us the entire time. The Devils’ table was right in front of us so we could observe the “process” a lil.
Highlights of the night? Seeing Gretsky, the new Canucks coach (Vigneault), ‘rookie of the year’ – Ovechkin and meeting Scottie Bowman (if I have to explain to you who this man is… gaw… only THE most winningest coach in NHL history – I don’t care if John doesn’t like a red wings, i mean come on!). Also – being there LIVE for trade announcements, hearing the fans roar (Everett Silvertips and their darn cowbells!) and sitting in front of professional autograph vultures – it really was a different kind of hockey experience.
We’re coming back down from the hockey-high and hitting the beach again today. Even though we didn’t get to meet up with other bloggers (J.J., OpEd), if I win the 1st round entry contest – prize being a night in a suite for a game – I’m sure we’ll be extending some invites…
Ovechkin’s amazing goal cause it’s still spectacular (goal vid).
Some of our picsfrom the night (flickr).