Friday, January 4, 2013

Starting 2013 With 57 New Autographs

Tim Cheveldae and Ken Wregget
A 1992 NHL All-Star, Tim Cheveldae was Detroit’s number one goalie for much of the early 90s.  He played 65+ games 3 seasons in a row for the Red Wings but after leaving Motown he was reduced to a backup role with the Jets. 
A veteran of over 500 NHL starts Ken Wregget suited up for the Leafs, Flyers, Penguins, Flames and Red Wings over a 16 year period.  He won the 1992 Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins playing behind Tom Barrasso. 
Richard Bachman and Norm Milley
Since 2011 Richard Bachman has played in 19 games for the Dallas Stars.  He seems poised to take over as the Stars backup goalie behind Kari Lehtonen. 
Norman Milley played a total of 29 NHL games.  15 games came with the Buffalo Sabres between 2001 and 2004.  The other 14 were with the 05/06 Tampa Bay Lightning.  His only autograph card is this tough Bowman CHL so I’m glad to knock it off the wantlist. 
Derek Joslin and Mark Hartigan
Since 2008 defenseman Derek Joslin has played over 100 NHL games between the San Jose Sharks and Carolina Hurricanes.  He was recently signed by the Canucks as a depth player.
Between 2002 and 2008 Mark Hartigan appeared in just over 100 NHL games.  An undrafted Hobey Baker award finalist he made his debut with the Atlanta Thrashers and then went on to play for the Blue Jackets, Ducks and Red Wings.  He played 6 regular season games and 1 playoff game for the Cup winning 2007 Anaheim Ducks.  It was enough to get a Cup ring but his name was left off the trophy.  The following season he played 23 regular season games and 4 playoff games for the 2008 Cup winning Detroit Red Wings.  Unfortunately for Hartigan it still wasn’t enough to get his name engraved on the Stanley Cup but he did get another ring. 
Byron Bitz and Christoph Schubert
Byron Bitz played the majority of his 100+ NHL game career with the Boston Bruins between 2008 and 2010.  He also saw time with the Florida Panthers.
From 2005 to 2010 Christoph Schubert was a full time NHLer.  The veteran of well over 300 NHL games was with the Senators for 4 seasons and the Thrashers for 1.
Casey Borer and Jaroslav Balastik
Defenseman Casey Borer saw 16 games of NHL action with the Carolina Hurricanes over 3 seasons.  His 09/10 season was cut short in a scary accident when the AHL’s Albany River Rats bus crashed and he fractured his neck. 
Starting in 2005 Jaroslav Balastik played 74 games over 2 seasons with the Blue Jackets.  He scored 13 goals and 24 points over that span. 
Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Petr Prucha
The 8th overall pick of the 2002 draft, Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s career has been one riddled with injuries.  He was just breaking out as an impact player with the Wild when he was forced to miss the entire 09/10 season save for 1 game. 
Petr Prucha came out of nowhere in 05/06 when he scored 30 goals as a rookie for the New York Rangers in only 68 games.  He was a sensation who quickly faded into oblivion.  He did play half a dozen seasons in the NHL but only scored 48 goals over his last 5 years in the league, never coming close to his rookie totals.
Gino Odjick and Sergei Nemchinov
With over 2500 career penalty minutes in the NHL Gino Odjick was the definition of an enforcer.  He was a fan favorite with the Vancouver Canucks and had 2 season of 370+ PIM. 
Sergei Nemchinov was one of a number of talented Russians who came to the NHL when the Soviet Union collapsed.  He was a member of the 1994 Rangers Cup winning team and the 2000 New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup winning team.  The centerman also won an Olympic silver medal in 1998. 
Patrick Traverse and Francis Bouillon
Patrick Traverse made is NHL debut for the 95/96 Ottawa Senators.  He played just under 300 NHL games in a career that last saw him play for the 05/06 Dallas Stars. 
Defenseman Francis Bouillon has played a dozen seasons in the NHL, all between the Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators. 
Grant Jennings and Brent Grieve
Grant Jennings was a part of the Pittsburgh Penguins defense during their back to back Stanley Cup winnings seasons, 1991 and 1992. 
Brent Grieve scored 13 goals in only 24 games as a rookie with the 93/94 Edmonton Oilers.  Unfortunately his career was significantly shortened by injuries and he would only play a total of 97 NHL games between the Oilers, Islanders, Blackhawks and Kings. 
Brian Campbell and Miroslav Satan
Offensive defenseman Brian Campbell has made 4 All-Star game appearances, won the 2012 Lady Byng Award and claimed a Stanley Cup with the 2010 Blackhawks.
Miroslav Satan has suited up for over 1000 career NHL games.  He has scored nearly 400 goals in the league and has 700+ career points.  A 2 time NHL All-Star he helped the Penguins win the 2009 Stanley Cup.
Harold Druken and Artem Chubarov
Newfoundlander Harold Druken made his NHL debut with the 99/00 Vancouver Canucks.  He lasted 150 games in the league and also played for the Hurricanes and Leafs.
From 1999 to 2004 Artem Chubarov was a regular member of the Vancouver Canucks and saw 250+ games of action in the NHL.
Steven Reinprecht and Martin Skoula
Steven Reinprecht spent a decade in the NHL.  He played for the Kings, Avalanche, Flames, Coyotes and Panthers. He was a member of the 2001 Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup winning team. 
Martin Skoula was also a member of the 2001 Avalanche Stanley Cup team.  In his 10 year NHL career he also dressed for the Mighty Ducks, Wild, Stars, Penguins and Devils.
Ricard Persson and Mike Peluso (b. 1965)
Swedish Defenseman Ricard Persson played 250+ career NHL games between the Devils, Blues and Senators.
Mike Peluso is one of only 4 NHL Enforces to accumulate 400+ penalty minutes in a season and he only played 63 games that year for the 91/92 Blackhawks.  An undrafted player who played 4 years of college hockey in Alaska, Peluso won the 1995 Stanley Cup as a New Jersey Devil.
Guy Carbonneau and Janne Niinimaa
Taking into account playoff action Guy Carbonneau saw 1500+ games of action in the National Hockey League.  He won 3 Stanley Cups, 2 with the Canadiens in 1986 and 1993 as well as 1 with the Stars in 1999.  He has since reappeared in the NHL as a head coach. He won the Frank Selke trophy 3 times as the NHL’s best defensive forward. 
Having spent a decade in the NHL Janne Niinimaa was a member of the Flyers, Oilers, Islanders, Stars and Canadiens.  He represented Edmonton at the 2001 All-Star game. 
Mike Commodore and Adam Hall
Defenseman Mike Commodore lasted a decade in the NHL and won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. 
Adam Hall has played well over 500 NHL games and has dressed for the Predators, Rangers, Wild, Penguins and Lightning. 
Danil Markov and Andrei Markov
Danil, Daniil or Danny, Mr. Markov played 600+ career NHL games.  He most recently played for the 06/07 Red Wings.
Unrealated to Danny, Andrei Markov emerged post 04/05 lockout as one of the NHL’s best offensive defenseman.  He was an All-Star caliber player when healthy.
Antti Laaksonen and Willie Mitchell
A veteran of 500+ NHL games Antti Laaksonen played for the Bruins and Avalanche but most of his success game as a member of the Minnesota Wild from 2000-2004.
Willie Mitchell has been a reliable NHL defenseman since 2000.  He recently played an important role in the Los Angeles Kings 2012 Stanley Cup victory.
Dave Reid and Bob Bassen
Current hockey analyst Dave Reid enjoyed a lengthy NHL career that saw him play 1000+ NHL games and win 2 Stanley Cups, in 1999 with the Stars and 2001 with the Avs. 
Son of former NHL goalie Hank Bassen, Bob Bassen played 15 seasons of NHL hockey.  He played for the Islanders, Blackhawks, Blues, Nordiques, Stars and Flames.
Darren Langdon and Michael York
Darren Landgon overcame all the odds to play 500+ career NHL games.  He was playing as an undrafted winger in Summerside, PEI on a Junior A team when he was noticed and signed to a contract by the ECHL’s Daytona Bombers.  From there he worked his way up to the AHL and eventually made his NHL debut with the 94/95 New York Rangers.  He wasn’t afraid to drop the gloves and retired with over 1200 penalty minutes.
2002 was a career year for Mike York.  As a New York Ranger he played in the NHL All-Star game and won an Olympic silver medal with team USA.  He last played for the 08/09 Columbus Blue Jackets.
Chris Murray and Richard Park
Between 1995 and 2000 Chris Murray played 250+ NHL games dressing for the Canadiens, Whalers, Hurricanes, Senators, Blackhawks and Stars. 
Born in South Korea, Richard Park moved to North America with his family at only 3 years of age.  Since making his NHL debut for the 94/95 Penguins he has played over a dozen seasons in the NHL.
Jeff Cowan and Teppo Numminen
Jeff Cowan spent 7 full seasons in the NHL while playing for the Flames, Thrashers, Kings and Canucks. 
Teppo Numminen spent 20 years as an effective NHL player, was a multiple time NHL All-Star and won 3 Olympic medals playing for Finland.  He’s still adding to his impressive resume as he’s currently an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres. 
Colin White and Michal Rozsival
Colin White has spent a dozen seasons in the NHL, all but one being with the New Jersey Devils.  He won the 2000 and 2003 Stanley Cup as a Devil. 
Defenseman Michal Rozsival lead the NHL in plus/minus during the 05/06 season with a +35.  He has played 800+ NHL games between the Penguins, Rangers and Coyotes. 
Keith Carney and Michael Nylander
Defenseman Keith Carney spent 16 years in the NHL.  He made his debut for the 91/92 Buffalo Sabres and retired a Minnesota Wild at the end of the 07/08 season.  He played on Team USA’s 1998 Olympic team and reached the Stanley Cup finals in 2003 with the Mighty Ducks.
From 2005-2007 Michael Nylander was a point-per-game producer playing with Jaromir Jagr and the New York Rangers.  The 15 year NHL vet last played for the 08/09 Washington Capitals, his performance was so poor and contract so big that he was demoted to the minors and never reached the big leagues again. 
Jiri Dopita and Chris Herperger
Jiri Dopita came to North America a seasoned pro.  The Czech played for the 01/02 Flyers and 02/03 Edmonton Oilers then returned to Europe after only 2 mediocre seasons.  He won an Olympic Gold medal with Czech Republic in 1998. 
Drafted by the Flyers in 1992 Chris Herperger made his NHL debut for the 99/00 Chicago Blackhawks.  He would go onto play for the Senators and most recently 02/03 Atlanta Thrashers.
Kirk Maltby and Kyle Palmieri
As a Detroit Red Wing Kirk Maltby won 4 Stanley Cups (97, 98, 02 and 08) while playing mostly on the fourth line.  He retired with well over 1000 games played.
Since 2010 Kyle Palmieri has played 28 games for the Anaheim Ducks.  He was a first round draft pick in 2009 and left college after only 1 year to turn pro.
Doug Lynch
Dough Lynch played 2 games for the 03/04 Edmonton Oilers.  He only has a couple limited autograph releases.  I hate when autographs are partially cut off by the card.  At least this problem can be avoided with stickers. Since he has so few autographs I'm happy to have it in my collection but if I can get a cheap upgrade with a full graph it will be easily replaceable. I also rather dislike autographs trapped inside holders and cases.  
Del Hall and George Swarbrick
In the early 1970s Del Hall played 9 NHL games for the California Golden Seals. He later played 2 and a half seasons in the WHA, cut short due to a career ending injury while he was a member of the Edmonton Oilers.
The 1967 NHL expansion gave George Swarbrick an NHL job wth the California Seals.  He would remain in the NHL until 1970, playing 132 games between the Seals, Penguins and Flyers. 
Dan Newman and Duane Joyce
Dan Newman made his NHL debut with the 76/77 New York Rangers and played a couple seasons in Madison Square Gardens.  He then signed with the Habs but his 16 regular season games for the 78/79 squad wasn’t enough to get his name on the Stanley Cup.  His last NHL season was with the inaugural 79/80 Edmonton Oilers.
Defenseman Duane Joyce played 3 games for the 93/94 Dallas Stars. 
John Craighead and Chris Bala
John Craighead took the long and hard road to the NHL.  An undrafted junior A player, he worked his way up the pro ranks from the SuHL to the ECHL to the AHL and finally suited up in 5 regular season games with the 96/97 Toronto Maple Leafs. He recorded 2 fights in that short stint with the Leafs.
Harvard University grad Chris Bala played 6 NHL games for the 01/02 Ottawa Senators. 

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