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Jeremy Roenick Brings Memorable Close to Panini America’s 2012 NHL All-Star Trip

January 30, 2012

We can’t put Ottawa’s 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend in our rear-view mirror just yet, not without at least sharing a few more great memories from what was a landmark week for the Panini America crew.

While hockey fans are likely still buzzing from Friday’s announcement that we’ve brought the legendary Gordie Howe to the Panini America family, Saturday and Sunday in Ottawa were pretty darn special, too.

Standout rookie Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche stopped by the Panini America booth on Saturday to sign autographs, including one larger-than-life version on a special Panini America blow-up card hanging nearby. He was followed closely in the Panini America booth by the great Jeremy Roenick, who took it upon himself to provide one of the real highlights of the week near the end of his signing session.

That’s when he signed for Marc and Nicholas Papineau, a father-son tandem from Gatineau, Quebec. Before the Papineaus could get away, though, Roenick asked them if they were going to the game. Alas, they didn’t have tickets.

“Why don’t you take my tickets,” JR said, retrieving them from his jacket pocket and handing them over to the awestruck gentlemen.

“I think this is really cool because I didn’t have tickets to the game and I got them from Jeremy Roenick!” said 7-year-old Nicholas. “I always play as him on the PlayStation.”

With a gesture like that, here’s betting a whole lot more of us will be playing as the incomparable “JR” going forward.

Thanks to everyone who made Panini America’s voyage to Ottawa for 2012 All-Star Weekend a trip to remember. Before we go, though, here’s one more gallery of images detailing just some of the highlights from the last few days.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Lee Patton permalink
    January 30, 2012 3:35 pm

    JR will always be a Flyer fan favorite!

  2. Ryan permalink
    January 30, 2012 3:39 pm

    Man, good on JR and good on Panini. I love hearing stuff like this, gives me goosebumps. #GOODSTUFF!

  3. January 30, 2012 3:40 pm

    JR has always been a stand-up guy. What a great story!

  4. Jamey permalink
    January 30, 2012 3:49 pm

    Always nice to see athletes sincerely enjoying their interactions with their fans, especially kids.
    On an entirely different note…where’s Tracy Hackler in these pics? Dude’s like, “Where’s Waldo.” You know the guy is somewhere, it’s just a question of where. Look for the hat with the pom-pom!

  5. Brad R permalink
    January 30, 2012 6:06 pm

    Always been a huge fan of JR, even after he moved on from my Blackhawks. Submitted my redemption for his Limited Back to the Future card, that will be a card I treasure if I can get it.

  6. Brad Rabig permalink
    January 31, 2012 8:17 am

    Always a huge fan of JR. One of the many Blackhawks I watched growing up, that I hated to see playing on another team.

  7. Joey permalink
    January 31, 2012 7:25 pm

    Were any acquisitions made as far as jerseys/game used stuff? I see last year you got ahold of the netting and if memory serves me right the jersey PK and Skinner both wore in the skills competition.

    • January 31, 2012 9:06 pm

      Stay tuned on this one. We’ll report back as soon as we can with what we managed to acquire this year.

  8. Joey permalink
    January 31, 2012 7:26 pm

    Oh and uh… any spare cards from the signings (Howe, Landeskog, JR) you want to send my way? 😀

  9. Matt Gilman permalink
    February 1, 2012 7:55 am

    Always awesome to see the future of the hobby being interracted with!

  10. deloreanfan81 permalink
    February 6, 2012 11:12 pm

    luv that great shot of dad and son


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