Today's the big day… Awards Show day. There is a lot planned for this afternoon, but before I get into that I'll fill you in a little bit on our first night in Las Vegas. After an afternoon's worth of walking and checking out the strip, I spent a little time working on a speech in case I am lucky enough to win an award tonight. I wasn't really going to do it, but my family was like, "you should have something ready just in case," so I put some things together. I called my dad and went over it with him and he said it was pretty good, so that's good enough for me.
After that, Amberleigh and I split from the rest of my family. They went for dinner at the Rio and then saw the Penn & Teller comedy show (which they said they enjoyed). While they did that, we went over to the Wynn to meet some of the team’s staff and a group of our sponsors for dinner at a restaurant called Bartollota. Everyone was really nice to us and we had a good time meeting them. Dinner was great. They just kept bringing food. Every time we thought they were done, they brought out more.
We talked a lot of hockey. At one point the subject came up as to who are the best goalies in the NHL since 1990. I think we came up with Martin Brodeur (of course), Patrick Roy, Dominik Hasek and Eddie Belfour. They wanted to go back a little further, but since I was born in 1988 that was about as far back as I could really go. After dinner, we walked down to Bellagio to check out the fountain show. They synchronize the fountains to music. It is pretty amazing. After that, we went back to the Palms and played a little roulette (not very well I might add) before shutting it down for the night.
Today is going to be really busy. We've got a rehearsal from 1:30 to 2 p.m., then media interviews from 2 to 3 p.m. At 3 p.m., we walk the red carpet. I think I am walking with the other Calder nominees, Bobby Ryan and Kris Versteeg. Then at 4 p.m., the show starts. Afterwards, there will probably be some media stuff and then there is a party. It should be a lot of fun, so wish me luck! I'll check back in with a short post after the show and will try to get some photos to have put up as well. I need to start getting ready, so I will sign off for now.
Blog 5 – June 18, 2009 ()
Wow.What a night!I am obviously very honored to win the Calder Trophy, especially given the guys in Bobby Ryan and Kris Versteeg who were nominated too.I have to admit I was more nervous than I thought I would be.Everybody asked me today in the media interview session we did if I thought I was going to win.I really wasn’t sure.I read all the media stories saying I was the favorite, so it gives you some confidence but at no time was I really sure.Kris and Bobby were joking when someone asked them about it when we were all standing together and they both said the bet on me.They’re both great guys and great hockey players.
When my name was announced, all I was thinking about was don’t screw up and fall going up the stairs or mess up the speech and get it over as soon as possible without looking like I was rushing it.I talked to my dad afterwards and he said I did fine.It really is a great honor and I am so thankful to have won it for my family, my teammates, coaches and the whole Blue Jackets organization.There is no way this would have happened without them and without my junior goalie coach Dave Rook, who really helped me a lot the past few years.
After that was over, I calmed down quite a bit.Tim Thomas is extremely deserving of the Vezina Trophy and I was really glad to just be part of that group with him and Nicklas Backstrom.The ceremony itself was great.Amberleigh and I sat next to Steve Sullivan of Nashville and his wife.He is a great guy and I was really glad to get to know him a little bit.It was nice to be able to shake his hand when we both won awards.He overcame a lot the past couple of years and won the Masterton, so I was happy for him.I also got to sit next to Andy Moog, who was a great goaltender with Edmonton and Boston and Dallas.I actually just met him for the first time a couple of weeks ago, so it was kind of ironic that we sat together tonight.
We just did some more interviews and took photos with the trophy so now it is off to the After Party and then there is an After Party After Party.All I really want to do right now is eat something because I haven’t had anything since breakfast.I’ll check back in tomorrow with some more stuff about today and tonight before we head back to Toronto.