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Starting an impressive collection

Posted Feb 21, 2009 by Erik Erlendsson

Updated Feb 21, 2009 at 05:45 PM

Lightning center and No.1 overall draft pick Steven Stamkos is making the transition this season from junior star to NHL regular. Throughout the season, the 18-year-old from Markham, Ontario, will share his experiences with Tribune writer Erik Erlendsson to give readers an insight into a new way of life during his rookie journey.

The organization still has the puck from my hat trick on Tuesday night [against Chicago] and they usually do a pretty good job of framing it up. I have my first game, first goal and first assist puck hanging up at my place and they did a great job of framing that up in a plaque so they said they would do the same thing with that puck. I think that’s a pretty classy move.

My walls are pretty plain in my place so I tried to spruce them up with a couple of hockey pucks. That’s my ideal art work.

I didn’t bring down too many memorabilia items from home, maybe a couple of photo albums and stuff like that. It’s always nice when you have a little bit of down time to go back and look at stuff like that and bring back some good memories. Other than that I don’t have too many things around the place.

One thing I have started doing is collecting some sticks. Some of the guys told me that one thing they regretted doing was picking up sticks throughout their career. I’ve only got a couple so far, but I thought that was a pretty good idea. Being so young and playing in the NHL you get the chance to play against some guys you idolize growing up. One of those guys for me is Joe Sakic, so to be able to get his stick personalized is pretty special. I’m going to try to get as many of the great players that I can right now and hopefully continue that trend throughout my career.

Right now, I’ve got my first goal stick and Vinny’s [Lecavalier] stick from his assist on my first goal. I’ve got [Evgeni] Malkin and Sakic plus [Los Angeles’ Drew] Doughty and [Toronto’s] Luke Schenn. That’s all I’ve got so far.

I asked for [Alex] Ovechkin’s at the All-Star event but I didn’t get a chance to get it. Hopefully he still remembers me before the end of his career.

Reader Comments

Por (Gord and Michele Nimmo) on March 04, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Hi Steven,
  To-night is Mar 3/09 and we waited after to-nights game outside for you to sign my Stamkos Jersey and I just want to thank-you very much for that.  We are really proud of you and hope the rest of the season goes well for you.
Thanks again, you are a great kid.

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Por (Katya) on March 13, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I hope Alex does not forget about you.  He did not appear too friendly to me.  I asked him for autographs one of the pre-season games played in Tampa and spoke Russian to him, being Russian native, he did not even achnowledge me by saying anything back or at least saying a simple “Hi”.

Arty on the other hand, brought me out a stick, which is the only one I got, and I was so happy I totally forgot to ask him to sign it for me!

Good luck with your collection Steven and great job on ice!!!

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Por (Katya) on March 14, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Hello Steven!

Just wanted to congratulate you on that cool goal in shootout against panturds today!

Your confidence shines through!  Good luck!

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Por (Max Hunter) on March 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Hey Steven,

My grandfather was the Captain of the Detroit Lions back in the 30’s and 40’s.  Through the years he auctioned off a lot of his memorabilia for charity, or given away, etc - there was much kept as well.  I have to say, there’s no better feeling than sharing with my kids the stories he told us over certain articles and how they related to the game.  Whether it was a signed football, an old leather helmet, or whatever.  You may think you’re collecting this stuff for you - but I guarantee, you are also collecting it for your children and grand children, and their children. 

So, make sure you come up with some great stories for each and everyone of those sticks you’re collecting - or not getting from Ovie!  *LOL*


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