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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

It's something that you don't really envision starting this way, but when you put the work in you don't feel like it's unwarranted. You definitely don't envision it unfolding this way, but you do think you can be successful at this level.

— Senators goalie Andrew Hammond, who defeated the Jets on Wednesday to improve to 6-0-1 since making his first NHL start on Feb. 18