Maybe the NFL should take a page from hockey’s draft book. Hold a card show and get some of those loonies out of the balcony.
Ottawa will host the 2008 NHL Draft next month and once again the league is turning the event into a Fan Fest. Among the attractions at Scotiabank Place on Friday, June 20, and Saturday, June 21 is a trading card and memorabilia show.
Hours are limited; the Upper Deck-sponsored show will be open only from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday but business is apparently good enough to lure vendors from eastern Canada and the United States who will be displaying and selling hockey and other sports memorabilia.
In addition, fans can get their picture taken with hockey’s Holy Grail, the Stanley Cup, and other silverware at a Hockey Hall of Fame NHL trophy display on the Scotiabank Place concourse.
Fans attending the 2008 NHL Draft Trading Card and Memorabilia Show who purchase and open five packs of any 2007-08 Upper Deck, Fleer or O-Pee-Chee NHL trading card product (except Victory) will receive a 2008 NHL Draft-exclusive six-card set.
Passes are needed for the draft, which begins with round one on Friday the 20th and continues with the remaining six rounds on Saturday. Admission to the card show is free.
Schedule of Events:
Friday, June 20 – Round 1
4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Senators Fan Fest opens
4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – 2008 NHL Draft Trading Card and Memorabilia Show presented by Upper Deck opens
5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. – Priority seating for Senators season-ticket holders
6:30 p.m. – General public seating begins
7 p.m. – 2008 NHL entry draft begins
Saturday, June 21 – Rounds 2 to 7
9 a.m. – Scotiabank Place doors open
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Senators Fan Fest opens
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – 2008 NHL Draft Trading Card and Memorabilia Show presented by Upper Deck opens
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (approx.) – 2008 NHL draft; Rounds 2 to 7