<table width=90% align=center border=0><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2008/01/fin_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4>Hey Canucks Fans!
Well I made it down to “Hotlanta” but is anything but hot, however it is Sunday morning and the sun is shining for the All-Star game later today. Saturday was a fun time for me as I had a few things on the go at Phillips Arena. All the mascots from the NHL are here (23 of us).
First on the agenda was the Mascot Hockey game! We only had about 8 minutes on the ice to do our stuff but we made the most of our time. It was Eastern Conf. vs. Western Conf. and lots of pride and fur were on the line. I ended up getting a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win! The highlight of the game for me was my rush from our blueline to set-up Stinger from the Columbus BlueJackets with a tap-in…apparently it made the NHL networks highlights. I thought this was fitting as Henrik Sedin was representing our team and is second in assists in the league this year. I also enjoyed laying an open ice hip check to Spartacat from Ottawa!! The best thing was the goalie for the East was Carlton the Polar Bear from Toronto…looks like the Leafs have even more goalie problems!
Next on the agenda was the Open Practice sessions for the teams and we worked the crowds. I was able to get a couple of shots of Henrik but forgive me for the quality of the pictures. Henrik was interviewed by Taylor Kitsch of Friday Night Lights during a break so it was good to see Vancouver get some recognition. After the practice I was able to meet up with Henrik outside the team locker room to take a photo. He seemed to be enjoying himself.
Next up was The Jonas Brothers concert which we were asked to participate in with some fans. There was a lot of high pitched screaming going on. I was wondering if this was a hockey event or a teen bopper concert? Nevertheless it was a fun time by all.
Later that day it was the Superskills competition including the Young Guns game with our rookie sensation, Alex Edler. I was unable to get a good shot of Alex but I was able to see him play a little and he was up on the rush in a couple of situations. I am sure it was exciting for him to participate.
Well, I should go for now but please check back for an update of the game later tonight!