Today, Islanders 2010 first round pick Nino Niederreiter as well as team captain Mark Streit had an autograph signing in the team store at the Coliseum.
You may think that not many people would show up given how they played last night and the fact that it was Superbowl Sunday. Well you would be dead wrong!! If you are familiar with the layout of the box office in relation to the team store, the line started at the team store then went down the entire box office and wrapped around again. Some people toward the front of the line said they got there upwards of an hour before the signing was scheduled to begin.
Id say the crowd reached the 150 number easily and probably surpassed that as well. If you don't know, at signings like this they always guarantee the first 150 people an autograph and then its up to the respective person after that.
The big line caused some changes with regard to how it was run. Most notably, you weren't allowed to go behind the table to get pictures done. Also instead of having the 4x6 pictures on the table for the players to grab and sign for those that didnt bring anything, they had them by a member of the staff and when needed the players would ask the staff member for the pictures and then they would be given to them.
I wonder if we will start seeing crowds like this at signings in the future because if we are then I better adjust the times I leave and arrive to minimize the wait because I know if you were on the back of that line today you probably waiting at least an hour to an hour and a half.