Just curious about who you've run into during drop in, sticks and pucks, or what have you at a rink.
Yesterday after a class, I met John Ogrodnick (Red Wings 50 goal scorer) as he was getting ready for a pickup game. A few weeks ago, I met Mark Mitera (U of M captain, first round pick by the Ducks) at sticks and pucks, and he was just RIPPING shots from the blue line at the posts and skating circles around everyone. It was pretty awe inspiring that the guy hasn't made it to the big club yet.
Most of the guys who play on the Suffolk Sting in PIHA(never made the transition from roller to ice, not enough time or money). I also just finished a season playing on a team with Mike Monfredo(NAHL, Motor City Machines).
Back in the day I went to a hockey school run by Paul Fenton, so even though it wasn't by chance I still ran into and skated/played with him a lot of times. We were about 12 and he never really turned it on though.
Teemu Selanne was at Anaheim Ice before one of our games. Just standing out in the entry way talking to people, no big deal. I was surprised at how small he was, seemed very slight but his legs are probably tree trunks.
Not here, but back when I lived in Colorado it wasn't uncommon to see Patrick Roy and Ray Bourque at the rink we played at(their kids played there on the same team). South Surburban rink in South Denver.
Our goalie got Roy to sign his helmet. He said: "Hey man, I'm gonna warn you, my stuff smells really bad."
Roy replied: "That's ok, my stuff stinks too."
After he signed the mask with the Sharpie, Roy replied: "Man your stuff really DOES stink!"
They were both very friendly hospitable towards us. Much respect for both guys.
I saw Jagr playing tennis back when he was in Pittsburgh. Pretty good too. I had just got out of a tennis clinic and I saw like 30 people watching this guy warm up. Kind of felt bad for him, all he wants to go do is play tennis and he's got a crowd of people clinging to the fences watching his every move.
I also saw Fedotenko last year @ the snack bar in my local rink. Never realized how big the guy was. 6-2" and pretty jacked.
Met Dale Hunter when I was in pee-wee's. His kid was playing for the Little Caps at the time, and he was assisting with one of their practices. You could tell the guy just wanted to focus on the task at hand, but when word got out he was in the rink, he graciously signed everything that was thrust in front of him. I've always respected him for that. I also met Olaf Kolzig at the same rink, but it was an appearance coordinated with the Capitals, so it doesn't really count. Another total class act though.
Skated a few times with Robitaille and Taylor, played against Bure and Zhamnov one summer, ran into Doug Gilmour, Steve Thomas a few times, all of them class acts, got an autograph from Gilmour to my daughter, on her 1st birthday, after I gave his kid 3 penalties lol.
I am sure there's a few more that I am forgetting, have run into quite a few over the years.
Michal Pivonka was an assistant coach for his kid's hockey team, and was trying to explain to me while I was scorekeeping a game that we should have been keeping the puck cold so it wouldn't bounce around. Keep in mind, these kids are playing with those crappy blue pucks in the games, and probably practice with real ones, so I seriously doubt it would have made any difference; plus it's the middle of July in Florida, the ice gets soft when it's 94 degrees outside. That man has a scowl that was tough to match, and the Czech accent that makes him seem all the more grumpy...not sure if he was even in a bad mood, but it just came off that way
Chris Dingman played on one of the teams in the top league; Vaclav Prospal's little kid was playing for the mite travel team (Vinny wasn't there, but since they have the same name, it was pretty obvious on the scoresheet); I've seen Tim Taylor watching his kid's games; and NHL linesman Johnny Murray is at the bar at the rink once in a while. I've also heard Larry Robinson has played there on occasion, but haven't seen him yet.
When I lived in Portland I met Paul Gaustad a few times (also went to a camp ran by him and my old coach Matt Bardsley (scout for the winterhawks).. In Dallas Marty Turco came and talked to us before one of our games and we used to work out in the Stars' weightroom sometimes so ran into a few there too