Newest Ottawa Senator Matt Kassian was on hand last night at an autograph session where he was able to put his personality on display.
First off, because he's a new arrival he has yet to have his 4x6 photo cards produced by the team. Instead he was given generic blank Ottawa Senators themed 4x6 cards to use. He made the most of it though.
In addition, he was none too pleased with the name on his nameplate in front of him and was sure to make the proper correction.
Maybe watching Matt Kassian getting his first goal this season before him was the tipping point. After Regin missed his assignment on the penalty kill causing his team to go down 3-1 to the NY Islanders he was done, throwing his stick in the air providing us with this amazing GIF.
what has been the highlight of your career so far
calder cup is one of my favorite
What do you listen to before the game?
You may not be playing everything night, but is there a difference in the style of play in the AHL and NHL levels?
they are faster shoot harder aim better
how does it feel to stand equal with some of the best goalies in the NHL ?
just played 4 games
I've noticed your masks are always Grey or Silver. Any reason for this or just a preference?
I like how it looks
you missing the Soo yet? Thanks for bailing me out a couple of times. (via @Archibald9210)
ya i miss it miss my bilets. i do not miss your turnovers ;)
best moment since joining the organization?
first few NHL games
do you have a ritual before games or a lucky charm?
listen to inflames and eat alot
what's your favorite part of road trips?
cant tell you ;)
what was it like playing against Henrik Lundqvist - and winning - especially since you & your dad have ties to him? :)
it was awesome special playing against a role model
What's your favourite pizza topping?
everything on it #extraranch
what's it like taking a pick off the mask?
Will you marry @KristaVM?
sorry already taken
Can you tell us the story about your hiking trip as a kid when your dad put bricks in your bag?
cant recall it
Is there a huge difference as a goalie going from ahl to NHL in terms of intensity and skill?
yeah its huge
if you played an instrument (if you don't already), what would you play? Or would you simply sing?
drums. and i sing in the shower
What was your first jersey number as a player you ever wore in your hockey career?
30 in Sweden
do you have a guilty pleasure song and what is it?
I like everything
think daugy would have scored on you with that shootout move?
probably haven't you seen the last few games ;)
does it make a difference when you dont play at home, since you dont have your crowd behind you?
What did you learn from that wannabe McKenna last season? (via @MikeMcKenna56)
how to always be happy
favourite road arena to play in and why?
Bell centre is pretty sick
who's got the best nickname on and off the ice? and do you still play xbox?!?
Dizzy maybe. not much xbox anymore
which old Nintendo games did you play when you were younger?
who was your favourite goalie growing up?
What was it like when you fought Riku Helenius last year
it was fun
Was anyone upset over Daugavins move in the shootout last night?
no i was jacked up
How does it feel when you're facing slap shots from NHL players like Zdeno Chara? #iWouldBeTerrified
Who has been the toughest team you faced in your career in Ottawa
what's your Favourite part of Canada? What do u miss most from Sweden??
love the hockey in canada miss family back home
What's the best prank pulled between the guys on the team?
sewing pockets together
if you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be?
Wolves like 10 of them
What's your favourite thing to do in your free time on a road trip?
room service and hotel movies
Is Swedish meatballs your favourite food?
Do you/have you used maltese gel in your mask?
what is that
they are gel pads that replace the foam inside your mask.
haven't used itheard of it?
what sport to you like apart from hockey?
Did you ever watch Rocky? If so, do you like the nickname Drago for yourself?
haha not really
what's your pre game meal?
whatever they serve
how was it to grow up to grow up with the almighty @westandreas? (via @CarlKlingberg)
very special!! Booorrgg!!:)
Haha! BOORG! (via @westandreas)
först var han där, och BANG, SEN VA HAN DÄR (via @CarlKlingberg)
out of bounds pinnen, monstret, shrek, psycho, brandslangen och tanken (via @CarlKlingberg)
haha lugn nu:) we love u
obviously your confidence is there you seem so calm and composed, how's your development been w/ Luke in Bingo
Luke has been really good for us!
Robin it must feel great being surrounded by so many other Swede players. Who has been your biggest support
all of them have been great! Regin has been a good support for me.
Do u speak in the 3rd person in real life? Or just on twitter?
in real life to!:)
@RobinLehner Answered like 4 questions, Must have wanted to get back to his book
Well thanks for the tweet back :)))
wanted to go back to my book to:)
Haha what book you reading?
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Would having a goalie fight in the NHL on your bucket list?
at what age did you start playing hockey?
10 turning 11 I think
Are you mentally scared after having to play with Carl Klingberg?
ohh yeah !! #freak;)
most memorable win you'll never forget?
last game in Houston .. Calder cup win
what is one of your favorite things about being an Ottawa Senator?
great town and a great team!
how much did your father influence you in playing net
kanye west or jayz?
50 cent - tupac
what's your favourite tv show
SOA and Big Bang theory
whats one tune that gets you pumped up for a game?
anything from inflames
best concert/show you've ever been to?
inflames in Gothenburg !:)
which subject in school hated you the most and what was your favourite?
didn't like school to much..:)
Who was your favorite NHL player growing up?
Ben here, Curtis Joseph and Brendan Shanahan
How far can you throw a pack of Skittles?
FAR!! #TasteTheRainbow #AskBish
how was the rivalry between you and UNH when you played for Umaine? What was your favorite thing about it?
Great rivalry The fans were the best part
Favourite part about being able to play for the Sens?
By far the fans #thebest
Pre game pump up songs??
Whatever @marcmethot3 and #Neiler are DJing at the time
media loves a shootout - do you like them or hate them (too stressful for me to even watch)
I like 'em fun for players and fans #Dogman
hows your 'Roll up the Rim to Win' streak going right now?
i haven't won yet and not happy about it #losttoday
Do you like Pitbull?
I don't mind a little Pitbull #respect
come to st. Andrés in Montreal their poutine is good!!
very creative #poutineart
Just wanted to say thanks again to @Benbishop30 for his stick the other night at the Rangers game! It meant so much!
Thanks for cheering on the team. Hope you enjoy the stick
Is there a huge difference as a goalie going from ahl to NHL in terms of intensity and skill?
yeah a lot more skill #Alfie #Spezz #Karl
Did you knock @RobinLehner out? His Twitter said he'd begin answering questions 30 minutes ago.
We armwrestled to see who got to go first and I won #slowinternet
have you ever dressed up as a giraffe for halloween (you should)
Not yet! #theresalwaysnextyear
Who's best dressed and worst dressed on the team?
Best is obviously me hahahah and worst is clearly @MarcMethot3
what's been your biggest achievement so far?
First game in the NHL #dreamcometrue
did you come out of the womb that tall?
What's your favourite piece of clothing you own?
Have a blue power suit I like to rock
why do you/goalies constantly lean over, in bending position. Only way I can describe it ??
That's a great question, I wonder the same thing sometimes #NoRealAnswer
what's your favourite tv series
how happy were you when you heard that you were traded to the best team in the nhl? #gosens
Out of the whole team who shoots too high on you in warmups and practice?
Smith Daugie Greening Neiler Cons Petey Silvy Turry hahaha the list goes on
Would you rather fight a horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses? #theboyfriendsquestion
Horse sized duck
did anybody teach u swedish yet
when are you playing the Blues in STL? :)
In the finals :)
when are you coming back to Dallas to visit me?! Hahah
what was your reaction to DOGMAN's shoot out attempt last night? You think it belongs in shoot outs?
I loved it!!
Now I know not everyone will agree with me on this, but just throwing my opinion out there.
Today, the Sens sent out the renewal emails to season ticket holders for the 2013-2014 season. One of my favourite perks of being a season seat holder is being able to meet the players, whether it be the prospects during the summer development camp, or at the season ticket holder open house at the start of the season.
I've been a season seat holder since the start of the 2010-2011 season, where I began with a 10 game package, working my way up to a half season in 2011-2012, and finally to a full season this year.
In the 2010-2011 season, the benefits you received were solely based on the type of package you had (i.e. club, full, half, or flex). I couldn't find the link for the benefits in this season, but they were similar to the ones in 2007-2008.
The primary benefits I got with my 10 game package (as did every other type of season seat holder) was a Daniel Alfredsson 1000th game print as well as invitations to the season seat holder open house event at the start of the season. I should note that since I signed up at the start of the season, the 2010 development camp in the summer had already passed, so I'm unsure of what perk season ticket holders got for that. Also of note, is iirc, club full season seat owners (i.e. the most expensive seats) were given the benefit of meeting Daniel Alfredsson at a seperate event.
The 2010-2011 season seat holder open house was a great event. They had players spread throughout the arena in the suites in the 100 and 200 level from 6:00-8:00 and everyone was free to visit any player they wanted to get autographs/pictures. So people had the choice to visit a lot of less popular players who would have the smaller lines or a few of the more popular players with longer lines. That year, they also provided a list of players as soon as you entered the arena. They were: Milan Michalek, Derek Smith, Ryan Shannon, Brian Elliott, Corey Cowick, Pascal Leclaire, Bobby Butler, Jason Spezza, Matt Carkner, Brian Lee, Filip Kuba, Jarkko Ruutu, Zack Smith, Chris Neil, Chris Phillips, Peter Regin, Roman Wick, Chris Kelly, Nick Foligno, Erik Karlsson, Jesse Winchester, and Chris Campoli. A fair crop of players, I was able to meet Shannon, Elliott, Cowick, Butler, Carkner, Lee, and Smith in the two hour time frame.
Fast forward to the 2011-2012 season. Because I renewed my season tickets I was invited to the Sens development camp at the Bell Sensplex during the summer to watch a scrimmage with other season ticket holders. Afterwards, in the fieldhouse of the Sensplex there was a Q/A with management & coaches followed by an autograph session where you had the opportunity to get every prospects' autograph if you were quick enough (they were all there for an hour, spread out into tables of four/five).
The 2011-2012 season also brought the introduction of VIP flexible benefits, where one could now choose the benefits he/she preferred. Depending on your season seat location and tenure, you were given a set amount of platinum, gold, silver, and bronze points as seen in the link below.
Even with the cheapest season seat package, you were given one silver and four bronze points. The majority would use one of the bronze points on the season-seat owner open house which was no longer automatically included as it was in the previous season. In addition, another bronze point benefit that offered the chance to meet a player was the family skate for four, which allowed you to skate on the SBP ice for an hour where a player would be present as well (note: this perk never happened because of scheduling issues, I've been told it's going to be re-scheduled later this current season).
For the 2011-2012 season seat owner open house, the original email invitation (if you selected the perk) mentioned the chance to meet only one player in your designated line which was given to you in the email. Upon arriving that day, I found out my line had Filip Kuba! Of course many in my line were not too impressed, with one woman stating within earshot of Kuba "Kuba, are you kidding me, my husband hates him!" However, Sens employees let people know that you could jump into any line you wished. In addition they mentioned all of the prospects at the training camp were available in other sections in the arena. They also explained how players would be rotated in 30 minute shifts for the two hour event. This allowed them to offer a huge slew of players (although only the Sens employees were provided with the list for some reason). The noticeable absentees from the list were Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza. Not everyone was informed about this though, so many people left after meeting only a player or two. Nevertheless, in the two hours I got to meet Milan Michalek, Stephane Da Costa, Shane Prince, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, David Dziurzynski, Mark Borowiecki, Kaspars Daugavins, Eric Gryba, Filip Kuba, Corey Locke, Mark Parrish, Bobby Raymond, Nikita Filatov, Mika Zibanejad, Peter Regin, Colin Greening, Erik Condra, David Rundblad, Robin Lehner, Stefan Noesen, Jordan Fransoo, Matt Puempel, Louie Caporusso, Andre Petersson, Wacey Hamilton, Brian Stewart, Max Gratchev, Patrick Cannone, Mike McKenna, Francis Lessard, and Zenon Konopka. Obviously a heck of a lot more players than last season. Although a major factor is the casual fan probably had no clue who a lot of these guys were at the time and therefore didn't care to meet them.
On to the 2012-2013 season, once again was invited to the Bell Sensplex during the summer of 2012 to attend the training camp scrimmage along with the autograph session for season seat holders. Exact same format as the year before which was fun. This season, they switched up the VIP benefits though. Depending on your seat location and tenure you were given an amount of points as seen in the link below:
At worst, if you had the cheapest package with only a year of tenure, you would be given 250 points which really doesn't let you get much. However, this season, the season-seat owner open house was automatically included in every season package.
Because of the lockout, the season-seat owner open house was organized last minute. This season's event was different in that you were allowed a total of 4 people, and for every two people you had, you would get one scratch card. This scratch card was valid for two people to get a photo/autograph from the player revealed. The players included for this event were Chris Phillips, Kyle Turris, Jared Cowen, Zack Smith, Erik Condra, Mark Borowiecki, Daniel Alfredsson, Marc Methot, Craig Anderson, Colin Greening, Robin Lehner, Milan Michalek, Sergei Gonchar, Guillaume Latendresse, Jakob Silfverberg, Jim O'Brien, Peter Regin, Ben Bishop, Jason Spezza, Chris Neil, and Erik Karlsson. It was cool to see that they brought out all the big guns including the captain and everyone had the random chance to meet any of them. Of course some would get disappointed landing maybe say O'Brien while others got Alfredsson. After the event, I discovered that some players' lines were rather small and the Sens ushers began to allow anyone to meet said players without a scratch card. Of course this probably didn't apply for the big names (Spezza, Alfie, and EK). For a last minute event it was organized well and I got lucky and landed Alfredsson on my scratch card. Nevertheless, it was nowhere near as good as the two previous years where everyone was able to meet multiple players with ease.
Now as mentioned, I just received my renewal email for the upcoming 2013-2014 season. They also released the VIP benefit list: http://neweratickets-t.neolane.net/res/net/663dcd393c366a31809918709ed3b396.pdf
It is similar to the previous 2012-2013 season, except for the noticeable addition of both the prospect event at the Bell Sensplex and the season ticket holder open house both requiring the spending of points to attend. The worst part is, a large majority will only be able to attend one of the two events, unless they invest in more expensive seats as shown in the images below. It may just be me, but after enduring a lockout shortened season, I feel like every season ticket holder should have been given the chance to attend both of these events. It seems only allowing the richer season seat holders a chance to attend both these events (after allowing any season seat owner the chance in previous years) isn't exactly the best way to apologize to all your loyal season seat owners after a lockout.
Edit: In addition, the variety of perks you could select has gone down every season if you take a look at the links provided in the article.
Edit: In addition, Twitter user @TJKip noted that in this current season (2012-2013), 250 points would get you $20 worth of concessions. However, in 2013-2014 it will take you 750 points to get $25 worth of concessions.
Attempting to learn ice hockey... part time photoshopper... part time memorabilia collector... part time nerd... apparently the GIF master... Go Sens Go!