Reigning NHL scoring champion and playoff MVP Evgeni Malkin
paid a visit to season-ticket holder Eric Davidson and his family Monday afternoon at his McDonald home to deliver his 2009-10 season ticket package.
Malkin was greeted at the front door by Davidson, his wife Gwen, and the couple’s two young, adopted Russian children, Zack and Eli. Both children wore Penguins jerseys and clung to miniature Stanley Cups as the Conn Smythe winner entered the family's home.
“(We're) tremendously excited,” Gwen said. “It's an honor for him to come to our home and deliver our season tickets.”
“I've been a fan since 1972,” Davidson said. “I've been going to as many games as possible since then.”
Davidson invited Malkin into the kitchen, showing him a large picture collage from Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
“Nice picture,” Malkin said.
The collage was created with pictures that Davidson and his family took when they traveled to Detroit to attend the historic Game 7. The collage was removed from its frame so that Malkin could add his autograph it.
“That's one of a kind now,” Davidson said. “I really can't thank him enough for doing that.”
“It's a big picture,” Malkin said. “I'm so excited because I see the family has a picture of the Cup.”
Davidson also had Malkin sign a No. 71 jersey.
“I have a Lemieux jersey framed downstairs,” Davidson said. “I'm going to add that to the collection. Some of the best players in the world, I hope to have them all.”
Zack and Eli, who were born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, ran over to Malkin as he bent down to give them each a high five.
“You got the Cup,” Malkin said smiling, pointing to the small Stanley Cups the children held.
“(They’re) good fans. I like my fans,” Malkin said of meeting the Davidson family. “It's a good time because it's (about) family. I’m loving it. It’s a good time for me.”
The family then moved Malkin to another room. A makeshift photo studio was set up, complete with a Penguins blanket as a backdrop. Malkin posed with the Davidson clan as several pictures were snapped.
The children raised their mini-cups in celebration.
“Maybe someday they'll be doing that,” Gwen said, telling Malkin that both of them play hockey.
Malkin's visit made the Davidson's anticipation for the upcoming season even more intense.
“I've been a fan for a long time, love going to the games,” Davidson said. “I'd like to see the Cup raised there at Mellon Arena the last game of the year. That would be cool.”Notes
: Malkin and Penguins captain Sidney Crosby
each delivered tickets on Monday to season-ticket holders. Nine other Penguins – including Marc-Andre Fleury
, Jordan Staal
, Bill Guerin
and Sergei Gonchar
– will be deliver sets of tickets on Tuesday.