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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 - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81