Yours truly isn't a Ducks season ticket holder (the job that pays the bills prevents me), but was graciously invited by fellow Ducks Twitter pals to their extra ticket for the Ducks annual Face-Off Fest.
Check out that line of season ticket holders waiting to get in!
The evening had exciting events scheduled including locker room tours, player autographs, and skating on Ponda ice.
Skate session sign-ups
Hockey Spot activities for the kids
Scott Niedermayer came out early to start his autograph session as fans stood in lines longer than those at Disneyland on Labor Day weekend
Saku Koivu, always so sweet and gracious in person
One good thing about being sick, I couldn't smell how stinky our boys' locker room was
Little reminders for good sportsmanship. I wanted to add my own: "Kick the other team's butt!"
J.S. Giguere and Jonas Hiller get geared up side by side. "Are you playing tonight or am I?"
Diagram a few plays, check who's a healthy scratch, and leave yourself a little note to pick up milk on your way home
The best part about the evening was getting the chance to hang out with some of the amazing Duck friends I've made. Hockey is so much more fun when you have fellow fans to share your excitement with!
"The biggest thing is just his poise and his hands are unbelievable. I played with [Evgeni] Malkin and [Sidney] Crosby, and those guys are probably the two best in the league. Bobby's hands are right with those guys... He's a superstar in the making, it seems."
---Ryan Whitney, former Ducks defenseman