If we are talking about doing stuff with NHL players, I actually built a gingerbread house in Shanahan's house hahaha
I was really young, and I dont exactly remember how it happened, but Shanahan owned it but wasn't there and my aunt was his neighbor and must have sold him the house or something. So she allowed us to go in there and me and my cousin and his friends made gingerbread houses hahaha
I also slipped him a few bills to save us from future suspensions Although this was obviously when he was still a player
When I was 12 I met most of the 1987 Team Canada team at a fundraising dinner. CBC interviewed me after meeting Gretzky. I said I was there to see Bourque! A few minutes later Ray tapped me on the shoulder and said he liked my jersey.
Messier walked around with my little brother on his shoulders. Very cool memories.
Okay so he didn't turn out to be anything for the Bruins organization but I think that the novelty factor of him being drafted in an NHL draft is high enough to make a post about.
(I hope this isn't lumped into an off topic piece).
Cool stuff, matters not it didn`t pan out for him. This would be an interesting thread for someone to begin, kind of a "Family members that made it" kind of thread (well, he didn`t really make it) but being drafted.........might I suggest it`s further than this fan ever got in the game.
I was drafted once, 4th round, Junior B team outside of Ottawa where I played for 2 years, tons of pressure on a 4th round kid playin in a small town
My Dad had a 1955/56 "invite" from the Red Wings, Howe/Lindsay etc....he was in camp only a week before he was "dismissed" were his words, never heard Dad ever say he was "cut", told me many times just how incredibly giving with their time both Howe and Lindsay were with the kids.
That`s about as close as I have to a story like this one.