Monday, September 2, 2019

Month of Mail - August 2019

This month features a few TTM returns, one large buy of vintage signatures and a number of small purchases from some players who don't answer mail. I also added a few inexpensive but hard to find autographs from a European store using Google translate. I wasn't confident It was going to get here but low and behold the package and signatures found its way to Canada and my mailbox. 

With 50 new NHL player signatures added in August, the grand total of unique player autographs stands at 6,236 for 82% of everyone to ever play in the NHL. 


                    Ab DeMarco Sr. (d. 1989)
From 1938 to 1947 Ab DeMarco scored 72 goals and 165 points in 210 career NHL games. He was the New York Rangers leading scorer for two straight seasons. He played for the Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, Bruins and Rangers. His son, also named Ab DeMarco, played in the NHL as well.

                      Les Colvin (d. 2006)
Goalie Les Colvin played 1 game in the NHL with the 1948/49 Boston Bruins. 

                      Marcel Dheere (d. 2002)
Marcel "Ching" Dheere played 11 regular season games and 5 playoff games in the NHL with the 1942/43 Montreal Canadiens. 

                         Bill Carse (d. 2000)
Bill Carse played 1 NHL game with the 1938/39 New York Rangers then from 1939 to 1942 he played 121 NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks. He left the NHL to join the fight in WWII and never returned to the Blackhawks. His brother, Bob, also played in the NHL.

                    Murray Davison (d. 2000)
Murray Davison played 1 game in the NHL with the 1965/66 Boston Bruins. He later spent a number of seasons as player/head coach of the CHL's Oklahoma City Blazers.

                       Floyd Curry (d. 2006)
From 1947 to 1958 Floyd Curry played over 600 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens. He has his name on the Stanley Cup 4 times as a player with the Habs and another 2 as a Assistant GM in the 70s with Montreal.

                      Bill Cowley (d. 1993)
From 1934 to 1947 Bill Cowley scored 195 goals and 548 points in 549 career NHL games. He was the NHL scoring leader in 1941, won the Hart Trophy in '41 and '43 and won the Stanley Cup in '39 and '41. He was the NHL's all-time scoring leader when he retired. Cowley was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1968.

                  Harold Darragh (d. 1993)
Hal Darrah played over 300 NHL games from 1925 to 1933. He played in the NHL for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Quakers, Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs. Darragh won the Stanley Cup in 1932 with the Maple Leafs. Brother, Jack, also played in the NHL.

                   Chick Chalmers (d. 1994)
William "Chick" Chalmers played 1 game in the NHL with the 1953/54 New York Rangers. He went on to have a long career in the IHL.

                   Gerry "Doc" Couture (d. 1994)
From 1944 to 1954 Gerry Couture played nearly 400 games in the NHL. He won the Stanley Cup in 1950 with the Red Wings, contributing 24 goals for the team that season.

                     John Crawford (d. 1973)
From 1938 to 1950 Johnny 'Jack' Crawford was a regular with the Boston Bruins. A two time Stanley Cup winner (1939 & 1941), he was Bruins captain from 1946 to 1950. He was one of the only early NHL players to regularly wear a helmet. 

                       Dutch Delmonte (d. 1981)
Armand "Dutch" Delmonte played 1 game in the NHL with the 1945/46 Boston Bruins.

                      Jim Anderson (d. 2013)
After a long pro hockey career, Jim Anderson made his NHL debut as a 36 year old NHL rookie with the 1967/68 expansion Los Angeles Kings. Anderson scored 1 goal and 3 points in 7 career NHL games with the Kings that season. Anderson is also notable for coaching the Washington capitals for one season, to a miserable 4-45-5 record, but it was the franchise's first season. He went on to scout for the LA Kings for many years. 

                  Jim Cunningham (d. 2011)
Jim Cunningham played 1 game in the NHL with the 1977/78 Philadelphia Flyers.

                        Bob Cook (d. 1978)
From 1970 to 1975 Bob Cook scored 13 goals and 22 points in 72 career NHL games. He played for the Vancouver Canucks, Detroit Red Wings, New York Islanders and Minnesota North Stars. 

                     Mike Chernoff (d. 2011)
Mike Chernoff played 1 game in the NHL with the 1968/69 Minnesota North Stars. He later scored 11 goals and 21 points in 39 WHA games with the Vancouver Blazers.

                             Karel Betik
Defenseman Karel Betik recorded 2 assists in 3 career NHL games with the 1998/99 Tampa Bay Lightning. He's a Czech native but after coming to North America to play hockey, settled in Canada. 

                         Joel Baillargeon
From 1986 to 1989 Joel Baillargeon played 20 games in the NHL, dressing for the Winnipeg Jets and Quebec Nordiques. His father, Paul Baillargeon, was a famous Canadian wrestler.

                            Tommy Lehman
From 1987 to 1990 Swedish forward Tommy Lehman scored 5 goals and 10 points in 36 career NHL games between the Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers. He played 1 game for the Stanley Cup winning 1989/90 Oilers but it wasn't enough to get his name on the trophy.

                          Jeff Brubaker
Jeff Brubaker started his career in the WHA with the New England Whalers. He followed the team to the NHL and from 1979 to 1989 he played 178 games in the NHL. The well travelled Brubaker played for the Whalers, Canadiens, Flames, Maple Leafs, Oilers, Rangers and Red Wings.

                      Sheldon Kannegiesser
I could never reach Sheldon Kannegiesser via TTM so I opted to purchase his book, which I had also wanted, called Rhymes of a Blueliner Balladeer. Its a fun read and if you buy directly from the publisher, you can opt for a signed copy. I cut out the autograph for my autograph collection and the book sits now sits comfortably with my collection of hockey books. He played 366 regular season games in the NHL, dressing for the Penguins, Rangers, Kings and Canucks. His brother, Gold, also played in the NHL.

                            Darryl Maggs
Darry Maggs played over 100 games in the NHL between the Chicago Blackhawks and California Golden Seals before singing with the WHA in 1973. Maggs played over 400 games in the WHA and then in 1979/80 played 5 more NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs before retiring. 

                         Mike Crombeen
From 1977 to 1985 Mike Crombeen played 475 regular season games in the NHL. Drafted 5th overall by the Barons in 1977, he spent most of his career with the St. Louis Blues. His son, BJ, also played in the NHL.

                        Vincent Tremblay
From 1979 to 1984 Vincent Tremblay played 58 games in the NHL. He spent most of that time with the Toronto Maple Leafs but also suited up for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

                             Bob Sirois
From 1974 to 1980 Bob Sirois scored 92 goals and 212 points in 282 career NHL games. He has a book called Discrimination in the NHL: Quebec Players Sidelined that I have yet to read but would eventually like to pick up a copy for my growing hockey book collection. 

                          Peter Sturgeon
From 1979 to 1981 Peter Sturgeon played 6 games in the NHL with the Colorado Rockies.

                            Red Laurence
From 1978 to 1980 Don "Red" Laurence played scored 15 goals and 37 points in 79 career NHL games between the Atlanta Flames and St. Louis Blues.

                        Serge Beaudoin
Defenseman Serge Beaudoin played over 300 games in the WHA during the 1970s. He later played 3 games in the NHL with the 1979/80 Atlanta Flames.

                               Gerry Hart
From 1968 to 1983 defenseman Gerry Hart played 730 regular season games in the NHL. He suited up for the Red Wings, Islanders, Nordiques and Blues.

                           Rich Costello
From 1983 to 1986 Rich Costello scored 2 goals and 4 points in 12 career NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

                         Bob Crawford
Bob Crawford scored 36 goals and 61 points with the 1983/84 Hartford Whalers in his best NHL season. He also played for the Blues, Rangers and Capitals.

                            Dennis Smith
Dennis Smith played 4 NHL games with the 1989/90 Washington Capitals and 4 NHL games with the 1990/91 LA Kings. 

                  Larry Trader
From 1982 to 1988 Larry Trader played 91 games in the NHL between the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Montreal Canadiens.

                  Bob Manno
From 1976 to 1985 Bob Manno scored 172 points in 371 career NHL games between the Detroit Red Wings and Vancouver Canucks. He spent much of his later career playing in Italy, gaining his citizenship and representing the country at the 1992 Olympics.

                Miloslav Horava
From 1988 to 1991 Czech defenseman Miloslav Horava played 80 games in the NHL with the New York Rangers.

                     Dale Krentz
From 1986 to 1989 Dale Krentz scored 5 goals and 8 points in 30 career NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings. An undrafted Michigan State player, Krentz found success in Germany in the 90s. 

                      Dan Hodgson
From 1985 to 1989 Dan Hodgson scored 29 goals and 74 points in 114 career NHL games as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks. He later played over a dozen seasons in Switzerland. Internationally, he won Gold as a member of Canada's 1985 World Junior Championship team.

                      Ron Fischer
From 1981 to 1983 Ronn Fischer played 18 games in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres. He later spent over a decade playing pro in Germany. He went as far as getting his German citizenship and representing them at the Olympics in 1988 and 1992.

                        Bob Miller
From 1977 to 1985 Bob Miller played over 400 NHL games, dressing for the Bruins, Rockies and Kings. He represented the United States Internationally at many tournaments including the Olympics, Canada Cup and four World Championships. His brother, Paul, also played in the NHL.

                        John Mahaffy (d. 2015)
John Mahaffy had a short but productive NHL career. He scored 7 points in 9 games with the 1942/43 Montreal Canadiens and then netted 9 goals and 29 points in 28 games with the 1943/44 New York Rangers. He also netted 1 assist in his only career NHL playoff game with the 1944/45 Canadiens. In total, Mahaffy put up 37 points in 38 NHL games. He was also a high scoring player in the AHL.

                     Moe Lemay
From 1981 to 1989 Moe Lemay played over 300 games in the NHL. He played for the Canucks, Oilers, Bruins and Jets. Internationally, he won Gold at the 1982 Wold Juniors with team Canada.

                  Craig Laughlin
During the 1980s, Craig Laughlin scored 136 goals and 341 points in 549 career NHL games. He spent most of that time with the Capitals but also dressed with the Canadiens, Kings and Maple Leafs. He's been a long time color analyst with the Capitals since hanging up his skates. 

                      Ryan Barnes
Ryan Barnes played 2 NHL games with the 2003/04 Detroit Red Wings.

                                Dan Renouf
An undrafted University of Maine alumni, Dan Renouf played 1 game in the NHL with the 2016/17 Detroit Red Wings.

                    Boo Nieves
A University of Michigan grad, Cristoval "Boo" Nieves has played over 70 games in the NHL with the New York Rangers.

                    Nick Lappin
Nick Lappin was signed by the Devils as an undrafted Brown University alumni. He's played 60 NHL games over 3 seasons with New Jersey. His father, Peter, has a brief NHL career.

                   Griffen Molino
Griffen Molino played 5 games in the NHL with the 2016/17 Vancouver Canucks.

                    Anton Blidh
Swedish forward Anton Blidh has played 21 NHL games with the Boston Bruins over 3 seasons.

                  Erik Burgdoerfer
Defenseman Erik Burgdoerfer made his NHL debut as an undrafted 27 year old with the 2016/17 Buffalo Sabres. He's played 8 NHL games between the Sabres and Ottawa Senators.

                 Joel Hanley
Defenseman Joel Hanley has played 38 regular season NHL games between the Montreal Canadiens, Arizona Coyotes and Dallas Stars.

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                               Dean Blais
Dean Blais is a long time NCAA head coach with the University of North Dakota and the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He spent 1 season in the NHL as an assistant coach of the 2005/06 Columbus Blue Jackets. This autograph goes into the collection of NHL coaches and GMs who never made the league as players.

                           Dave Tretowicz
Dave Tretowicz was drafted by the Calgary Flames and spent 3 seasons in the IHL but never played in the NHL. He's notable for represented USA at the 1992 Olympics.

                              Yvon Bilodeau
Yvon Bilodeau played 4 games in the WHA with the 1975/76 Calgary Cowboys. He was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers but never made it to the NHL. He later found success in playing in Germany. This goes into the WHA collection

                 Jessica Campbell
Jessica Campbell won Silver as a member of Canada at the 2015 World Women's Championships. This goes into my women of hockey collection.

                         Justin Pugh
Justin Pugh is an NFL player who grew up playing hockey. This custom card goes into my football/hockey autograph collection.