Seemingly since the ’09 NHL Draft party, when the Isles selected JT with the first overall pick, the event has continued to be a siren for the diehards. Last night was no exception. Some notes. . .
~ There were A LOT of players and prospects in attendance last night. Strome and Nino were signing in the team store. Kevin Poulin was in the house. Aaron Ness and Sundstrom were on the floor and JT was handing out his signed jerseys to those season subscribers who renewed early.
~ There was even more of a festive atmosphere last night than past years, provided by the ferris wheel that was stationed at one end (Isles shoot 1X).
~ Once again, attendance was good. The team website Indicated that it had issued almost 18K tickets. I estimate about 1/3 to 1/2 of those folks showed up. Many folks, like me, requested 4 or more tickets, only to use 2 or so. The attendance and crowd size was about what I expected.
~ The team store was doing a brisk business, as was the ‘blow out’ sale that takes place annually downstairs. Interesting to note were some (pretty nice looking) t-shirts for sale. Many sales associates were pushing them pretty hard as I was walking through the store. I have never seen a shirt promoting anything like this. They have an image of the Brooklyn Bridge on them and they are promoting the pre-season game at Barclays Center as an ‘inaugural event’. As a social studies teacher, one word popped into my head: propaganda. I think it’s pretty evident that the team wants to send a message to the many parties involved in he arena situation that a) this is happening and b) we like Brooklyn as an option. One of two things may happen 25 years from now. 1) These shirts will fetch a premium on eBay as a ‘vintage’ tee for the Brooklyn hipsters; if the hipsters are still there. Or 2) the Quebec City hipster crowd will be sporting these bad boys. Time will tell.
~ There was an unconditionally warm reception from the crowd when the Visnovsky deal was announced last night. I think most were happy to simply hear of a deal and that Garth is active, especially one that brings D help. Hopefully we see some big PP numbers!