This is really cool. After the World Junior Championship, I introduced a Candaian Hero mini unit in Social Studies. They each designed a card of a player, wrote them a letter and hoped for a response. Nazem Kadri sent this card back for her today. He signed 3 cards for her and guess who was asked if he wanted one? If you have met Nazem, it would not surprize you, he was the first to sign and return.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Well, for the obvious reason, I prolonged the last post as long as I could. Here's the latest batch, the Otto cards were obtained TTM. The Kipper card from my new buddy Sebastian, check his blog out @ http://hellsvaluablecollectibles.blogspot.com/
Friday, February 5, 2010
We looked around for him earlier today with no luck. We came home for a bit and thought for a second, maybe just call it a success and not down down to the event. My wife, she is the best, said we should go and try and if we get it, good and if not, last night was a success. So we ended up in traffic and got there about 5:20pm. People were dressed up and we just walked with the bunches to the building. There was a statue of Gretzky in the front holding the Cup, kinda cool looking. We knew he'd show up in a limo, so we just waited. For about 20 seconds, seriously... A white limo showed up and out he stepped. I rushed out and Wayne walked over to the side door, no one around him. I asked him for an autograph and he actually did not hear me. I said it again and he said, "Sure". I said I was a teacher and the price tag for the event was too steep for me. I was then looking for my marker and was so bloodly nervous, I could not find it. I said to Wayne Gretzky, "Don't suppose you have a marker, I am so nervous I can not find mine.' He pulled out a blue sharpie and said, "Don't worry, its OK." That made me calm down a lot. He asked me where and what I taught. I told him high school history and he said I should talk to his dad, he knows tonnes about history. I said thanks and took 2 steps away. My wife was waiting to take my picture with him and he knew that. I turned back to see Wayne Gretzky with his arm out for me. I walked over and got my picture, again, with greatest hockey player to ever play the game. I ran all the way home then. LOL....A dad asked for a picture with his son and Wayne grabbed him around the shoulders to take the picture. A great two days. But the million dollar question, How on earth do I top this?
Thursday, February 4, 2010
We knew he would be in town tonight so we headed off to the main hotel in our town. We sat down for a drink to scope the place out and after about an hour, my wife notices a drink label of 99 Wines. Just as she reads this, two police walk into the lounge (no joke here). We overhear them talking about Gretzky in town and motion with his hand 'over there'. The server came over and my wife asked if Gretzky was staying here. She said yes and the police said he was across the street at 6/12. I guess we're old, so we had to ask what that was. She said it was the bar across the street in the other hotel. We were there earlier but missed him. We paid our bill and walked over. We aimed for pucks tonight because it was a shot in the dark. The pens were prepped we walked in the bar. Now, this is Saskatchewan, it is different here than large cities. Wayne was sitting by the door with 2 other guys, one being Kelly Chase. My wife was really nervous and waited for him to see her to ask politely. She asked and he said sure, no problem. Really without missing a word in the conversation, signed her puck and then mine. I had to shake his hand and say, thank you. He just smiled and said,"No, not a problem." We walked off. We hung out in the lobby for half hour or so laughing at people walking out mentioning Wayne Gretzky being in the bar. My wife wanted a picture either of him or with him. We discussed it for awhile if he was annoyed or ticked that we approached him. We came up with a deadline of 9:00. I said I was willing to stay there longer than that. We then went back into the bar and sat down for a drink. We asked the server if he was approached for pictures and she did not see any. My wife is the pro remember so we walked over, laughing at their choice of snacks, Sushi. She asked the guy next to him if he would take a picture, he said "Yah" He took my Blackberry and patted Wayne on the arm to look this way. He was bugging my wife by saying get in close and then turned his head away, turning it back say, "Just kidding!" He took the picture with us and as you notice, his checks were really red. Notice the pucks too, I think he was in there for a bit, enjoying our Saskatchewan hospitality. What a night. I playfully punched Chase in the arm and said, "Enjoy Saskatoon Kelly." More so to let him know, yah I know who you are.