Monday, November 16, 2009

Give These Girls A Raise!!

You all may remember that twins Nicole and Kaitlin introduced the first Roamer to his human counterpart. Well, Max Penguin was jealous, so another introduction was made (and I will hunt down those pictures in my overflowing e-mail box soon!). Sidney Penguin just couldn't stand to be left out.....and I will let Kaitlin take it from here.....

I'm very happy to let you both know that my sister, Nicole, and I recently achieved what we'd like to call our "Roaming Penguin Hat Trick" -- all three of our Roamers are now signed by their respective players! And yes, that means Marc-Andre Penguin (Nov. 3, 2008), Max Penguin (Dec. 1, 2008), AND a certain Sidney Penguin... ;)

Sidney Penguin met his human counterpart today after the boys' game day skate. Nicole and I arrived at the Igloo at about noon (we cheated because we now live at Duquesne University, less than ten minutes away on foot) and stood along the green fence just outside of Gate 2 alongside a HUUUUUUGE crowd. I was certain that hardly anyone on the roster would approach this unusually large crowd, but I was soon proven wrong. A young hockey team, the Peterborough Petes (Jordan Staal's team from his younger years), was in town, and some of the guys couldn't resist visiting them. Tyler Kennedy walked right up to the crowd and made his way down the line, then Ruslan Fedotenko followed suit. Jordan Staal and Eric Godard then walked to their cars, but when the young hockey players were escorted into the parking lot, Staalsy paid a visit to his former team... and that's when I noticed Sidney Crosby walking towards the group. I tapped Nicole (he's her favorite player), and we watched as he signed autographs for the boys and posed for photos. Then he also walked to the long line of fans and proceeded along the fence. I was stunned, because I hadn't thought for a moment that Sid would approach such a sizable group. I put my jersey aside so that I could document Nicole holding out her Sidney Penguin for Sid to sign. Said documentation has been uploaded to my YouTube account, and here's the link:

Notes: --The woman following him is a Penguins employee. She set the rules for how long Sid signed for the crowd, and maintained control.

--Sid initially missed Nicole because he was in a conversation with a fan, and Nicole wasn't holding SP over the fence. She didn't want to risk dropping him (although, if she HAD dropped SP over the fence, wouldn't it have been something if Sid picked it up?? :) ).

--The quality is awful because it was recorded by my anxious self using my digital camera...

-- The first two attached photos are of Sid meeting the Peterborough Petes. The third is apparently a look at Sid's thighs... taken by Nicole. The fourth is our RPHT. And last is a screenshot of SC and SP. :)

So there you have it. Sidney Crosby met Sidney Penguin today... and Mama G., Nicole G., and myself have an unofficial "Roaming Penguin Hat Trick!"


Kaitlin G.


That? Is just too beautiful for words :)

Can you even breathe with him that close?? *le sigh*

Needless to say, I owe Nicole, Kaitlin, and Mama G. a very huge thanks for all the great pictures and stories!! I don't know, ladies, I'm thinking once you get a taste for the hat trick, you can't stop there! :)


  1. Oh, wow! How awesome!
    Did I miss Max meeting his counterpart? I don't remember that...

  2. I love that story, thanks for sharing it, and how awesome was it that the kids from Jordan's old club got to hang with the pens...even more awesome, the roaming penguins hat trick!

  3. Steph, are you saying we should order more Roamers? ;) How about a Mario Penguin; how freakishly awesome would it be for him to meet his counterpart!? :D

    I wasn't intentionally getting a pic of Sid's thighs, he was just turned that way, but daaaaang no wonder that boy can skate so fast! Geez-oh-man!

  4. omg that is awesome!!