I think I would just give them a nod and a smirk to let them know I know who they are, maybe a "good luck" if they werent eating. If it was Mario, id be tempted to shake his hand and tell him thank you for everything hes done for this city.
It depends, if they were eating somewhere. I would approach them for an autograph only if it was pre or post meal. The hard part would be finding something for them to autograph. I guess a napkin would be the best option if you have nothing.
Easiest thing in the world to say, "Hey guys, can i get your autographs?" and wish them luck. Now if it was at a bar or something, it would just be awkward starting a convo, i would leave them alone.
I don't ask for autographs. I'd prefer a picture and a decent conversation if the situation is right. Most NHLers are happy to oblige, provided that they're not swamped with other people around them or are in the middle of something (dinner, macking on a girl, etc.).
I actually have met Sidney Crosby on a few occasions. He's one of the most gracious polite people I've ever met. I saw him a few months ago. We were laughing because we somehow always run into each other. I never asked for a picture or anything I figured saying hi would be enough. But he's definitely nice. I also met fleury outside civic arena a few years ago signing autographs after a game. He's a great Guy. I also was at the game in 08 when we beat the rangers when hossa scored in overtime. They were on the charter bus home leaving the arena and jagr looked right at me and I flipped him the bird lol he looked away.
I was standing on the concourse behind section C during an intermission, and Josef Melichar stopped next to me to watch what was going on on the ice. I said "Hey Joe, how is your shoulder?" He replied "Getting better." and walked away.
That was a long time ago. I look back on it now and I think I was a total creep.
Depends on the player and the situation. I've posted this here before, but my wife and I met Steve McKenna, Marc Bergevin and Dan Focht at Baja Fresh during the 2003-04 season. I wished them well and told them that I had already been to about 20 games (thank you, $16 student rush). I think they were happy to hear some kind words during that awful season so we ended up shooting the **** for a while. Bergevin is a really funny guy.
Conversely, I saw Mario a lot in Sewickley and he was usually on an errand or at a restaurant so I'd just nod and say "hey" or "good luck" or something minor like that. Guy would always smile and return the greeting or say thanks for the well wishes, etc.