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Panini America on Location: Dropping the Puck at the 2011 NHLPA Rookie Showcase

August 29, 2011

TORONTO, Ontario — The Panini America hockey team spent a good chunk of Sunday night and a wee bit of Monday morning preparing the company’s signing quarters inside Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle for the 26 young NHL superstars who will make their way through the room later this morning.

Three different groups of players (two groups of nine and one group of eight) will sign autographs for Panini America during the first day of the 2011 NHLPA Rookie Showcase, including on-card gems such as Private Signings and Pen Pals duals, trios and quads. (New Jersey Devils defenseman Adam Larsson was unable to make the trip due to travel complications caused by Hurricane Irene). 

Below you’ll see a gallery of images previewing all of the action that will take place today. Tomorrow gives way to the actual photo-shoot portion of the Showcase, when all 26 players will take the ice at MasterCard Centre for action photography, studio shots and interviews.

Stay tuned later today for a recap of today’s activities — and all week long for continued coverage of the 2011 NHLPA Rookie Showcase.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. bonnev659 permalink
    August 29, 2011 8:41 am

    look at all the gems…

    enjoy the showcase!!

  2. Chris Barr permalink
    August 29, 2011 8:45 am

    First Mike Richards Kings card? Just looks soooooo wrong. Everything else looks great though.

    • August 29, 2011 8:52 am

      See you later this week, man. It’ll be nice to meet you in person.

      • Chris Barr permalink
        August 29, 2011 9:02 am

        Really looking forward to meeting all you guys too. I may have to get myself a Tracy Hackler 1/1 auto while I’m there.

      • August 29, 2011 9:03 am


  3. August 29, 2011 8:48 am

    “Sign here” that cracked me up.

  4. Scott W. Prusha permalink*
    August 29, 2011 10:23 am

    Looks great guys, sorry I couldn’t be there with ya…GOOD LUCK!

    • August 29, 2011 12:42 pm

      Wish you were here, brother.

      • Scott W. Prusha permalink*
        August 29, 2011 3:49 pm

        Looks like you got it covered, saw the CEO working it in one of the pics!

      • August 29, 2011 3:59 pm

        You know how these events are, brother. All hands on deck. We need Scottie P!

  5. Matt G permalink
    August 29, 2011 12:52 pm

    Very sweet! Thanks for the behind the scenes!

  6. August 29, 2011 8:39 pm

    Am I reading that right, those Dominion cards are for next years set?

    • August 29, 2011 10:56 pm

      Absolutely! Thinking ahead.

      • August 30, 2011 3:19 pm

        Seriously, I don’t even know what I am gonna wear to work tomorrow and you have some of next year’s cards printed before this year’s even hits the streets.

  7. August 29, 2011 10:41 pm

    Awesome, love all the behind the scenes stuff.

  8. Barrie G permalink
    August 30, 2011 7:43 am

    Tracy love it all, thanks for sharing some of next’s year’s big stuff this year.

    I am especially fond of the Richards/Skinner/Landeskog card. I think that one will look great in my soon-to-be Mike Richards LA Kings collection. Look forward to the day he can be in a Stanley Cup set.

    It’s good to see more people finally getting on the Panini bandwagon because I may need someone to take the wheel soon. I am getting tired of driving it! 😉

    Talk to you soon brother, be well.

  9. Jeff K permalink
    August 30, 2011 2:45 pm

    Seriously, again, those HATS!!! I need to get my hands on one!!! What do you guys think about releasing those cards with the “sign here” on them as 1of1 rookie showcase example proof cards??? Good idea? Bad idea? I know I would love to have them!


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