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05-14-2008, 11:52 AM
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Rochester, NY
I'm feeling quite nostalgic so I'll add a couple of funny stories that go with the pictures. I used to occassionally take my younger brother to Sabre games (He actually is an Islander fan as well) and his favorite thing was to hang around after the game to "see what Mogilny was gonna do". Alexander Mogilny was a very grouchy person and my brother loved to stand around and see what rude things he was gonna say to the fans. (Quite entertaining) He always had his camera too. He actually might have taken the pictures of Malakhov & Kasparaitis.
I have a Vladimir Malakhov jersey and I really wanted to get it autograghed. So one time the Isles were in town I waited outside the old aud. He actually walked out with Mogilny. I was very shy so I had my then boyfriend approach him. He seemed shocked that somebody actually had a jersey with his name on it. He was really tall and I remember him bending way down to sign it. Meanwhile, Mogilny was impatiently waiting for his pal. He was actually standing in the middle of the streeet yelling "Come on! Let's go!" Vladimir looked up at him and told him to "shut up and wait!" Priceless
yet another Mogilny story...All the practices used to be open to the public in the old Aud in Buffalo. My friend I drove down to watch one when the Isles were in town. My friend I went with thought it would be funny to approach Mogilny and tell him that I was his "biggest fan ever" and could I have my picture taken with him? I wanted to throttle him. Funny thing was, Mogilny actually believed him and was really nice to me. Even though I was wearing my Islander jersey.
Ok, one more story then I swear I'll shut up...During my senior year at college, my roommate was doing an internship with the Buffalo Blizzard (indoor soccer team). I sometimes had to pick her up from the arena cause she didn't have a drivers license at the time. One time I got lucky and the Islanders were in town (Practices weren't open to the public in the new arena). I got my own private view of the team practicing. Anyways, after I was standing in a hall waiting for my friend when Hasek approached me. He was injured at the time and wasn't practicing just standing around talking to whoever was around. Let me explain that I NEVER liked Hasek. He had a really bad reputation in Buffalo. He's quite the pervert. Anyways, he came over to me and started saying things that made me feel really uncomfortable. I couldn't move anywhere cause I was pinned between the wall and a garbage can. I must have had a look of distress on my face cause Jamie McLennan came over and asked if I was ok while giving Hasek the death glare. Hasek just shrugged and walked away. He stayed and talked with me for a few min untill my friend came out.Jamie will forever be my hero for doing what he did that day!!!
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