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My arrival, and theirs!

Saturday, 01.29.2011 / 4:43 PM

By Andrew Montag - NHL.com Fan Blogger / Road Trip to Raleigh

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Road Trip to Raleigh
My arrival, and theirs!
I just walked down the escalator into Fan Fair and wow, what a site! Upon entering the convention center, I was immediately bombarded by life-size images of the NHL mascots. My first stop, the accuracy shooting booth. If it wasn't for an insanely elongated line, the title would have been mine--but for now I am a mere spectator. Next up, is the hardest shot competition, if my eyes don't mistake me, the man who went before me rung of a blast of 26 mph! I would call my 66.4 mph slapshot respectable, certainly for a lacrosse player! The convention center is truly packed with passionate fans, and if I'd like to compete for the amateur skills competition crown, I'm going to have to be here bright and early tomorrow morning.

Now off to the Red Carpet for player arrivals!
Quote of the Day

I mean, hockey had to change the rules because of Marty, and that's impressive. I got two Stanley Cup rings because of the guy. Look at the banners of [Scott Niedermayer, Scott Stevens and Ken Daneyko] and Marty is right up there when you think about the New Jersey Devils; he was part of the core group and he'll go down as one of the greatest goalies ever.

— New Jersey Devils center Scott Gomez on former teammate Martin Brodeur, who will announce his retirement Thursday