Originally posted on Hipchecks  |  Last updated 12/24/11
The night the Coyotes retired Keith "Walt" Tkachuk was bittersweet. There was a touching Ring of Honor ceremony, the cutest Coyote Santa hat giveaway but we lost. The pictures are a bit dark. I tried it without the flash (works best with eliminating glass reflection) but it was too low light in the arena. I had to turn the flash on to get less blurry images. Note to BF: I need a digital SLR. ;)


We upgraded for this game to make sure we had a good seats. Here is warmups from our seats. 8 seats from the glass.


Next up was a dear, heartwarming speach from Todd Walsh. He had me all choked up.


This is part of the video that played on the Jumbotron. It showed all his great milestones. It was very well done.


He had his wife and three children on the ice.


A moment from the ceremony...


Todd Walsh started off with a little joke (paraphrased) "If you got on the bus and the captain asked you what time the 12:30 bus left, you knew you were late". Apparently the old captain was a stickler about time and thus Mike Neeley presented him with a watch.


Next, GM Don Maloney presented him with a framed #7 jersey.


I just tried to zoom in on the jersey. It is a little grainy. I need the digital slr. 


And finally the banner in the Ring of Honor was unveiled. 

I love the Ring of Honor ceremonies. I was glad I decided to upgrade to the LL for this game. It was nice to have a great view. All I know is when Shane Doan is retired, I will bawl. I was almost crying for Walt and I was a Flyers fan when he was a Coyote but I could always appreciate a good hockey player. 
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