I also was handed a broken stick by Sylvain Turgeon. I was hanging out by the bench while they were practicing and he skated over to grab a new stick and he said, "You want a stick buddy?". I didn't really know who he was at the time but he became one of my favorites while he was with us because of that.
I got a Brendan Shannahan stick too but he didn't give it to me personally. I think the equipment manager handed me that one. Might still have both of them at my parents house.
Who knows though. Maybe part of the reason the practices are closed now is because of people like me bothering the players after practice. But they weren't as popular back then so there wasn't really that many of us. Maybe 10 people just watching.
But I think it would be cool if at least once a week or once a month the practices were open and fans got to watch a practice and interact with the players like I got to back then. It really was a great experience. At the very least let season ticket holders attend a couple of practices a year.
Edited by Jerzey Devil, 31 October 2013 - 09:12 PM.