TORONTO -- Panini America and 25 of the top NHL rookies and prospects, including No. 1 overall pick Nathan MacKinnon, and former Halifax Mooseheads teammate and No. 3 overall pick Jonathan Drouin, closed an overwhelmingly successful 2013 NHLPA Rookie Showcase on Tuesday.
TORONTO — Panini America and 25 of the top NHL rookies and prospects, including No. 1 overall pick Nathan MacKinnon, and former Halifax Mooseheads teammate and No. 3 overall pick Jonathan Drouin, closed an overwhelmingly successful 2013 NHLPA Rookie Showcase on Tuesday.
Day 2 of the NHLPA Rookie Showcase was held at the MasterCard Centre for Excellence in Mississauga, Ontario, where the players gathered and rotated through various stations, including on- and off-ice photography, a marketing station which included a takeover of the @PaniniAmerica Twitter account, and an acquisitions station that allowed players to finish up autographs and unlock their creative side with the ever-popular Panini America sketch cards.
All told, the Panini Double Rookie Class helped capture thousands of images for future trading cards, event-worn memorabilia (including towels and jerseys), more than 60 sketch cards, seemingly countless autographs for future programs, player interviews, an infinite number of 2013-14Score Hockey Jumbo Pack wrappers and memories that will last a lifetime.
This year’s NHLPA Rookie Showcase was especially important as a high-profile crop of players like MacKinnon, Drouin, Mathew Dumba, Brendan Gallagher and Malcolm Subban became part of the Panini America Double Rookie Class. For some rookies in attendance, like the Washington Capitals’ Tom Wilson and Los Angeles Kings’ Tanner Pearson, it was their first true opportunity to reflect on making their NHL debuts and to see their first Panini Double Rookie Class trading cards in 2013-14 Score Hockey.
The massive gallery and videos that follow highlight Panini America’s presence at the 2013 NHLPA Rookie Showcase. Follow Panini America on Twitter and give us your comments about the video and photo gallery using the Twitter hash tag #PaniniDoubleRookieClass for a chance to win a box of 2013-14 Score Jumbo Hockey. We’ll select two lucky winners.
Now, enjoy the show . . .
Day 1 video:
Day 2 video:
Now for the photo gallery:
4 Replies to “Video & Gallery: Panini America’s Must-See Recap of the 2013 NHLPA Rookie Showcase”
Fans should be allowed to register for admission, like to be put on the guest list. You could even charge 5-10 dollars or it could be free on a first come first serve basis, because lets admit it, the rink does not look good empty, it would be much better filled, that could even open up a new type of photography for hockey cards, one where that fake audience screen does not have to be used because real people, real fans would be there. Come on, who is with me on this!!!!
Too bad these rookies didn’t show up in Rookie Anthology and Prime this year.
Great job by the Panini team keeping all of us at home updated with pics and behind the scenes like no other!
Excellent coverage of the new crop, looks like some of them were legitimately happy to be there and having a good time. Thanks Chris!