|Stacey and Nikki make a Moose sandwich apres NHL Awards|
I'm down here on the dime of Travel + Escape, not to attend hockey banquets but to interview their two dudes where are canoe-ing nearby in Lake Mead, the Paddling Bryans. Couldn't help but notice, however, that the NHL Awards were happening right at the very same resort.
Travel+Escape's Nikki Lamb Tudico ventured out after the Awards and bagged a Moose, Mark Messier, seen above with Nikki's pal Stacey Burnett. Ex-Oiler Grant Fuhr was part of Messier's posse at one of the Wynn resorts 70 or 80 bars.
They had a red carpet set up outside the Wynn Theatre where the big show was taking place. Every TV in every bar in the joint was tuned to replays of the Stanley Cup finals during the day Wednesday and to the Awards themselves were on screens everywhere Wednesday night.
There was no evidence of the Hart or Con Smythe being tossed into the Bellagio fountain this morning, although the men's room outside the Wynn theatre was closed for repairs. Tourists dressed in Kings, Devils and Rangers gear were all over the casino. Leaf fans, unfortunately, were directed down the street to Circus Circus.
|It's Christmas every day inside the fanciful Wynn resort|
Read SI's Adrian Dater's account of the NHL Awards Vegas bash here. He's right about this not being a hockey town and how odd it seems for NHLers to be making this scene. The Wynn is one spectacular, Technicolor Inn, however, Bugsy Malone would be astounded (and probably more than a little bitter).
|NHLers reduced the Wynn theatre restroom to a penalty box|