On March 18th, 2014 I was happy to attend yet another Ottawa Senators game with (and courtesy of) my friend Huss. For some time Huss bought season tickets to give away to clients and whenever there were no clients in town for a game someone in our circle of friends would be lucky enough to get the call. If I’m not mistaken this was the last time I was offered one of Huss’ free tickets before he closed down his Ottawa office and took a job in Montreal.
And not only were the tickets free, they were also invariably great seats like the one here, situated in the lower bowl 100 level but not so close to the ice that you couldn’t follow the game. In short, these were about the best seats you could get for proximity versus overall view. Plus Huss always had valet parking which is worth it’s weight in gold out there at the Kanata Palladium, where parking is somehow as abundant as it is inconceivably inconvenient.
And finally, these tickets came with the extra-added bonus of attending a game in the company of a good friend who I never saw as much as I would have liked to (and still don’t), so yeah, getting the hockey call from Huss was generally a win-win-win situation.
Unfortunately in this particular case the winning stopped there, as the Senators lost to the despicable New York Rangers by a score of 8-4. Regardless, I had a great time.
(I’ve got to add that looking at the stub today made me wonder why the ticket had Karlsson’s name writ large yet sported a picture of a young Daniel Alfredsson. It took a few double-takes for me to realize that the athlete pictured was in fact a young, short-haired Karlsson after all.)