I have been following Dany Heatley for a few years now. He’s talented, good looking, a little cocky, and has a past, basically all things I’m attracted to. As soon as he was traded to the Minnesota Wild, I got one of his player shirts and looked at the schedule to see when the Wild visited Dallas, TX to play the Stars (closest NHL team to me in Oklahoma). February 4th was the date so once I got a friend to tag along with me, the planning began.
If I was going to drive all of this way to see ONE player, I figured I had to do something to get noticed. A sign was the best way I thought, and I wanted it to be clever and cute, of course. I picked the brightest lime green poster board I could find and sparkly cut out letters (typical). But what should it say? If you have not seen the Ottawa Ghost videos, check them out. There is a lot of language in them, just a warning. Well, he dubs over Dany’s interviews and he always says “I’m a f*cking all star” and I knew Dany has seen the videos so I figured that would be something to play off of the videos. I made the sign say “Dany you are my f-ing allstar”. I even got it laminated. I don’t do anything half way.
Some how we got into the American Airlines Center early. I wanted to snag a good spot during warm-ups to show my sign on. I was just hoping Dany would even LOOK at the sign; I got much more than that.
My friend and I were just standing there and I hear some footsteps behind me. I turned around and there he was, DANY HEATLEY. I couldn’t believe it. What were the chances that he would have just walked out?! He started to head over, and then I told him I made a sign for him and showed it to him. He smiled and told me “thank you”. Then we took a picture together. I told him that I have been following him from team to team the past few years. He went over to sign a kid’s jersey and then I asked him to sign my t-shirt. I had to borrow the kid’s sharpie. Then I asked for another picture because I didn’t like the first one. I said I came a long way to see him so I wanted a good picture. He didn’t hesitate to take another one with me and then he said “thanks for coming out”. I asked for a hug, he hugged me and then he went back to the locker room.
Warm-ups came, and my sign was quite the hit. I got a lot of looks from the Wild players. My friend kept telling me that people were talking pictures, pointing and looking at it. I even made it on the jumbo tron with it!
The game was great, and we had amazing seats. Dany had eight shots on goal, but didn’t score. Wild lost the game in a shoot out, but made it out of there with one point.
I could have floated home yesterday! The weekend was perfect in every way, and I MET DANY HEATLEY! My next sports trip might be hard to top this one; the bar was set pretty high.