Dallas Stars forward Vernon Fiddler went to a George Straight concert at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas this week and left with one of his cowboy hats.
Fiddler told NHL.com the story:
“At the end, he comes out for his encore and my buddy said, ‘You’re going to catch this hat, watch.’ I looked at him and thought, ‘What are you talking about?’ Strait walked off the stage and it looked he wasn’t going to even throw his hat. He came back on stage and said, ‘I forgot. Somebody might want this.’ He chucked it and it boomeranged around four or five rows away from me and then came back and landed right on my lap.”
This is George Strait’s farewell tour and the perfect time to leave with such a souvenir. Having previously played for the Nashville Predators, Fiddler is no stranger to the country music scene. He already has autographed guitars from Kenny Chesney, Kid Rock, Alan Jackson and the Zac Brown Band.
“It was such a great show that that wasn’t really expected. It’s something you don’t even think about,” Fiddler said. “I’ve collected several guitars and stuff over the course of my career playing in Nashville. But this would definitely have to be my best piece for the collection.”
Now the signed cowboy hat will be added to his memorabilia and he has no interest in selling it at this point.
Throughout the 2013-14 regular season, Fiddler played 76 games and had 6 goals and 17 assists. During the playoffs, he played 6 games with 1 goal and 2 assists.