I was there by chance. I was picking up some tickets. I high-fived a few of the guys. They were all nice, but da Costa was by far the most enthusiastic of the bunch. I told Rundblad 'sick tie' and he laughed. I also told Bob Kudelski that we could use him right now.
We didn't know about it, we planned on going to Finnigans for some pregame supper and was happily surprised. I ran into the sens store to buy a marker o Philips would sign my Philips jersey. Buy the time they figured out the sku Philips was already gone.
Gonchar was the only active player I saw stop and take photos with people and give autographs. That is why i got mad when people booed him during the introductions.