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Community: You Gotta See This

Thursday, 03.12.2009 / 9:21 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Doug Warf
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Community: You Gotta See This
Casino Night is this Sunday and this is the time of year that people start bringing some really awesome items into my office that will be used in our auctions.

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This year we have nine live auction items and just about 90 silent auction items. Of those 90 silent auction items, 21 are baskets of the players' “favorite things.” There is also a coaches' basket and, for the second consecutive year, the equipment managers have inserted a basket. 

Last year’s basket submitted by the equipment managers was awesome. It featured some unique items like an Arturs Irbe mask, a Cam Ward cage and a Sidney Crosby autographed puck. Bob Gorman brought me the contents of his basket before this road trip and the guys have really outdone themselves. These things are so cool that I felt like I needed to share. 

Their basket features the following:

  • Eric Staal’s game-worn 2009 All-Star game helmet. Eric wore four jerseys during the game, but only one helmet…and we have it.
  • Alexander Ovechkin used and autographed game stick (you should see the curve on the blade…amazing.  Pictured below)
  • A sub-package they have deemed “Staal in the Family” which features the autographed game sticks of all three NHL Staal brothers; Eric, Marc (#18 Rangers) and Jordan (#11 Penguins). All three are left-handed and seem to have very similar curves, though all are different Bauer models.
  • Sidney Crosby practice worn and autographed Penguins practice jersey
  • Ilya Kolvachuk used and autographed game stick (arriving Friday)
  • Wayne Gretzky autographed Coyotes game puck
  • Evgeni Malkin autographed Penguins game puck
  • Alexander Ovechkin autographed Capitals game puck
  • Ilya Kolvachuk autographed Thrashers game puck

If I was told I could have only one of the items above, I am not sure which I would choose as it is truly a hockey collector’s dream basket. 

For hockey lovers, there are obviously a lot of other great items like Eric Staal’s jersey from the Glen Wesley retirement ceremony and a 2004 NHL Draft magazine that is signed by Ovechkin and Staal (cover features both). One of the hockey items that I think is pretty unique is a Rod Brind’Amour Michigan State package we put together. It features an authentic Michigan State #21 jersey, Rod’s collegiate number, and the 1989 NCAA Tournament magazine that highlights Rod and Michigan State. Brind’Amour obviously signed both. 

We also have some fun packages that appeal to anyone, like a Hilton Head getaway package that has a two-night stay at the Westin, a round of golf for four at Robert Trent Jones, a spa package at the Westin and a certificate for dinner at Alexander’s in Hilton Head. With this package, you can purchase a great long weekend vacation AND it is a tax write-off.

There are going to be things from cosmetic surgery to barbeque and everything in between. We have things for fans of UNC, Duke, State, NASCAR and even the Cowboys (which is tough for me being a long-time Skins fan).   We have golf packages from Pinehurst to Croasdale, dinners from the Captain’s Table in the wine cellar at Angus Barn to dinner with our captains at Nina’s (live auction). 

It is definitely shaping up to be a fun night and we still have some tickets available. You can purchase them by calling 861-5474 or through Ticketmaster.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72