Before I became a blogger for Fox Sports Ohio, I was a quarter-season ticket package holder for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Thanks to the Blue Jackets’ creative month of giveaways for ticket package renewals, I was the lucky recipient of a prize that included a trip for two to the 2012 NHL Awards at the Wynn/Encore hotel/casino/resort complex in Las Vegas.
I brought my camera along, and here’s a collection of what I saw. The photos often are not great, as I didn’t use my flash in the dark-ish theater (didn’t want to interfere with the television broadcast). Regardless, I hope you will enjoy.
Let’s start with the pre-show photos…
The red carpet was filled to the brim by the time we arrived, so the ushers moved us right into the theater. We probably were among the first ten people to find our seats, which gave us time to watch the crew finish their last-minute preparations and people get seated. (And the people-watching was pretty darned good, what with the hockey luminaries sprinkled amongst the evening gowns and occasional hockey sweater.)
Had Mr. Davidson not been seated on the exact opposite side of the theater, I might have been tempted to put a good word in for Columbus with him. But alas…
And then the show started. With Nickelback.
With the musical performance concluded, the awards kicked into gear.
The confetti closed out the show, and then it was time for the after-party. The walk outside offered a surprise, however, as all of the trophies handed out during the evening were on display!
Those were the photos I could quickly take of the trophies…we were moved down the hall and out to the after-party at the indoor/outdoor XS club:
It was a very nice event, and we had a chance to briefly say hello to Columbus Blue Jackets team leadership and thank them for this terrific award.
It was time for dinner, though, so we bailed out and passed by the red carpet crowd. The folks gathered were hanging out behind the NHL Network post-show commentators and grabbing autographs from the many NHL luminaries present.
Wait a minute…look at that guy in the middle. The blue shirt, the blue ball cap. Could that be a Columbus Blue Jackets fan?
What do you know! It was a CBJ fan! I was so impressed to see Columbus represented in the autograph throng that I gave him my event ticket and a program.
So that was the evening…I’ll leave you with this photo, from the Wynn’s theater shop, which was stocked with NHL gear for the evening. Check this out:
Does a Blue Jackets draft cap being situated next to the Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup champions cap count as a good omen? I’ll hope so!
What a terrific evening…something I never thought I would have the opportunity to experience. Thank you to the Blue Jackets for making it possible!