The next line I met up with my friend Divya already waiting in line. While we were waiting, one of the guys in this group gets interviewed and is welcomed to Atlanta and asked how he likes it so far. Then he gets asked how he likes Atlanta traffic. HA! Its terrible! There's my in. In this group is Eric Boulton, Chris Thorburn (traffic hater), Eric Perrin and another superstar - Marian Hossa. Divya came up with the idea to ask Thorburn if he wanted to carpool to the games, but she was too embarrassed to ask...so I did. I asked him if the traffic was too bad for him, he should carpool with us to the games. I should've asked for some free tickets too! He laughed. And asked if its always this bad. It is, but I can't really imagine a hockey player having to deal with rush hour traffic!?!?! Then we got to Marian Hossa (who's little brother just resigned with the New York Rangers) so I told him its too bad he couldn't recruit his brother to play in atlanta! He agreed, he said he tried, it would be fun, then he said, maybe next year? That's ok with me!
We were running out of time, but decided to go to one last section to get some more autographs. We get in line when an usher comes over to us and says I'm really sorry, but we've gotta end this line right here (before us). I begged and pleaded and he let us go through the line. This line included Johan Hedburg (backup goalie), Ken Klee, Slava Kozlov (one of my favorites on the team), and Todd White (who I had read missed a couple of preseason games because of the flu). Went through this line - everyone was signing my Thrashers 3' X 5' flag...when Kozlov signed...the wrong side of the flag!!!! I knew they had pretty strict rules about just getting one autograph per person, but I realized what happened, put on a sad face and asked him to sign the other side...he did. It was the end of the night and you can tell that he was ready to go, but he was nice and signed the right side. Then, last but not least was Todd White. Fellow nose-sufferer. I was excited to let him know that I thought I caught the flu from him (I really did feel like I had the flu). He thought it was pretty funny, and amazingly he seemed very interested. I was close to asking him for a secret remedy or something but I was being hauled away.
I noticed one last line, where the coach (Bob Hartley) was standing. I got in line and had him sign and got a picture with him to cap off a very fun night.