As the Ducks continue to try and come up with creative ways for some of their season ticket holders to get their tickets delivered, an idea sprung up among the staff this past month. Inspired by the ever-popular "This Is SportsCenter" commercials in which famous athletes appear as everyday employees at ESPN headquarters, we decided to put some of the Ducks players to work around Honda Center.
New center Ryan Kesler, goalie John Gibson and defenseman Hampus Lindholm were "hired" as a security guard, elevator operator and receptionist, respectively. They were positioned one evening to greet a group of 10 randomly picked season ticket holders (and their families), who were only told to come to Honda Center and pick up their tickets for 2014-15.
The reactions of the fans to seeing the likes of Kesler in full gear, peaking around a newspaper as he sat at his security post, were priceless. I remained in the locker room with coach Bruce Boudreau, a few Power Players and Wild Wing to enjoy the looks on their faces as Bruce led them to their own stall, where a personalized new Ducks jersey hung from a hook.
Here's a group photo of everybody
, and here's a look at a video recapping the whole thing: