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Always keep a watch at PMT

Thursday, 09.08.2011 / 12:03 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / 2011 Player Media Tour

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2011 Player Media Tour
Always keep a watch at PMT
NEWARK, N.J. -- One thing about being at the Player Media Tour is you better expect the unexpected.

For instance, while Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos were chatting about Gary Roberts' famous training techniques outside the NBC studio at Prudential Center, a small vehicle drove by with Jason Spezza in full uniform, skates included sitting on the flat bed.

Moments earlier, that same utility vehicle whizzed by with Andrew Ladd on the back, in full uniform.

Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews waltzed by that same area, both munching on apples -- their healthy lunch.

As I made my way over to the NHL Studios area, Tim Thomas was going there from the other direction. Dion Phaneuf walked by with Leafs PR guy Pat Park, and both were looking for directions to the NBC studio.

Just down the hall, boys.

Meanwhile, as I sit here and write this blog on my Blackberry, Avs d-man Erik Johnson just came by to go in with NHL Studios to stand in front of a green screen and do promos for NHL Network.

To sum it up, these guys are everywhere today, so I better keep my eyes and ears open.
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