Bears Celebration (photo-heavy)

So I'm a nut. I drove up to Hershey for the celebration, and it was a good time. Just seeing the guys in T-shirts and jeans was worth it, and getting to see the Calder Cup up close and personal was the icing on the cake. It was very casual, guys and all, and Doug Yingst joked that he'd just found out what casual was. :) The mood was festive and relaxed and very personal, although they left us waiting out in the heat a bit longer than anyone liked - they actually let us in about 6:30, rather than the stated 6:15, prompting the bull$h!+ chant and a few others.

Autograph sessions came after the speeches, and while I tried to get Neuvirth's, his line was if anything more absurd than Giroux's. Also got a few good laughs - Graham Mink about killed me while I was trying to take this shot:


Yes, that's the Calder Cup in the photo. Also got a great closeup of Graham Mink drinking from the Calder Cup - I'm not completely sure what was in it, but my bet is what was left of the champagne that Giroux sprayed all over the guys and the fans. (I didn't drink from it, although I could have, and some did. I just thought it was too presumptuous of me to do so.)


The rest of the pictures in my set were taken by my friend Sally, whose camera I borrowed for the first two, but she has granted me permission to post them up. Please don't steal without permission.

I got my first good look at Braden Holtby, who is #35 for the Bears. Interestingly, he wears glasses, though I'd guess he doesn't on the ice.


Chris Bourque, the hat positively wins, and him showing up slightly trashed was endearing, since he seems to be a happy drunk. Bryan Helmer assured me they'd find him a ride home.


And of course, this photo set wouldn't be complete without a shot of the Cup itself:


There are more photos in my Photobucket album, mostly closeups of the guys. My friend was not able to get displayable shots of them all, but I think she did a fantastic job overall. In the composites, I have labeled who is who - as they were seated in number order from right to left as you view the stage, it was easy enough to pick them out.


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