Gillian Ferrari didn't realize it until he had moved on in the autograph line, but she knew she had just given her signature to a local legend.
Ferrari, a defenceman with the Canadian women's hockey team from Thornhill, Ont., recognized his face but couldn't remember the name.
"Hey, wasn't that Rick the Dancer?" Ferrari asked no one in particular.
It was actually Dancin' Gabe Langlois, the mainstay performer at Moose, Bomber and Goldeyes games.
"I went to a Winnipeg Goldeyes game last summer, and I was introduced to Dancin' Gabe," Ferrari gushed. "He's incredible! Every town needs a Dancin' Gabe. I hope he comes to our games.
"It stuck with me. He didn't say 'Hi, I'm Dancin' Gabe.' I just recognized him. He's a celebrity."
When it was mentioned that Ferrari, an Olympic gold medallist, was the real celebrity, she shot that suggestion down in a hurry.
"No, no, not me," she said. "(Danielle) Goyette and Dancin' Gabe ... they're the celebrities."