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Landing on my bed in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... *CRASH!*

Thursday, June 21, 2007
Less than 21 hours until the 2007 NHL Entry Draft!

Que the dramatic music and effects!

I am tired. Dead tired. I'm keeping this short, because I have an early wake-up tomorrow:

-The prospect clinic that took place down at the Dispatch Ice Haus was awesome to watch, and it was great to see some of the more notable ones such as Patrick Kane, Kyle Turris, Sam Gagner, Karl Alzner, and Keaton Ellerby all participate in a hockey clinic alongside not only Blue Jackets' players Rick Nash, Dan Fritsche, Manny Malhotra and Pascal Leclaire, but also with at least two dozen youth hockey kids from in and around Columbus who were given the opportunity to lace it up with them.

If you're curious to see some footage of all that happened, apparently the NHL has been uploading YouTube videos left and right of what went down:


-I've been getting hit with e-mails left and right, and for now, accept my apologies and bear with me as I tuck a majority of them away in to my archives for later responding. The draft, as well as my own personal ongoings, has taken away every waking hour of freedom from me, only allowing me time to make these daily posts on Army of the Ohio. I promise I'll do my best to respond.

-I said I'd get pictures of the area in the Bud Light Arena Pub I was referring to, and by damned I got pictures!:

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The front of the Bud Light Arena Pub, just around Section 118 to 119. A key point for anyone entering the BLAP from inside. Sadly, I lacked the time to snag a shot or two of the exterior entrance. :-(

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Rear side of the BLAP, left side. This spot is actually where the radio hosts and other media personalities do radio shows during games and during special events. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, there's the possibility of a show being set up there around the same time.

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Alright, now this is key. You see that booth there? That's on the right side of the rear part of the BLAP. And that is where I intend to do my very damnedest to hunker down alongside Drew and any people who show up early, in an attempt to seize a perfect place for a good group of people. I don't know how easy it'll be, but it's worth a shot. And if push comes to shove, there's always the possibility of table linking, eh?

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Remember that outer alcove I mentioned? Apparently I mis-remembered it, and instead of chairs and couches, it's a bar and stools. Irregardless of that fact, it can still work as a secondary option if need be.

And that's it. That's all. I am tired. I need sleep.

Good night, and see you tomorrow afternoon!

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  • At 6:15 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    My friends and I hit the prospect skate as well - I have to say that Leclaire's mobility really impressed me. (You can see a few videos where he's hopping from place to place to avoid some pucks or collisions with the kids)

    I really hope that bodes well for this next season in net.

    The way the CBJ players and all the prospects (well, OK, except Ellerby) got involved with the kids was great to watch, and it was really fun to spend some time there.

  • At 7:14 AM, Blogger Keith Instone said…

    Nice meeting you at the draft. Thanks for setting up the blogger meet-up.

  • At 1:15 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    C'mon. :D You've had a day to recover - let us hear what you think about how the draft went?

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