Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Brad Park & Slapshot

Scott Clemmensen and Brad Park
Iowa’s first NHL player, Scott Clemmensen made his debut in 2002 but it was not until the 2008/09 season that he emerged as a legitimate NHL goaltender.  He has spent most of his career with the Devils, spent a year in Toronto and is currently playing his fourth season in Florida. 
Hockey Hall of Famer Brad Park is one of the NHL’s best ever defensemen.  He was a member of the 1972 Summit Series team and was runner up to the Norris numerous times to Bobby Orr. 
Dan Maloney and Victor Hedman
From 1970 to 1982 Dan Maloney was an NHL regular.  The left winger played nearly 800 games between the Hawks, Kings, Red Wings and Leafs.  Maloney was not only a feared fighter but he also had skill and scored nearly 200 goals.  He later returned to the NHL as a head coach with the Leafs and Jets. 
Since being drafted 2nd overall in 2009 Victor Hedman’s hobby value has dropped so much that I was able to pick up his autograph for a dollar.  He is a solid NHL player but more of a quiet stay at home defenseman. 
Cody Almond and Andrew Bodnarchuk
Between 2009 and 2012 Cody Almond saw 25 games of NHL action for the Minnesota Wild, scoring 2 goals. 
Defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk played 5 games for the 2009/2010 Boston Bruins.  He has since been signed by the Kings but has yet to play for the team. 
Colton Gillies and Ryan Hollweg
A nephew of former Islander star Clark Gillies, Colton now plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets.  He was a first roud draft pick in 2007 by the Minnesota Wild and made his NHL debut for them in 2008. 
Between 2005 and 2011 Ryan Hollweg played well over 200 NHL games, suiting up for the Rangers, Leafs and Coyotes. 
Justin DiBenedetto and Cameron Gaunce
Justin DeBenedetto saw 8 games of NHL action with the 2010/11 New York Islanders. 
Cameron Gaunce played 11 games, scoring 1 goal, for the 2010/11 Colorado Avalanche.  His brother, Brendan, is a top prospect for the Canucks. 
Bill Houlder and Ville Leino
Between 1987 and 2003 defenseman Bill Houlder played over 900 NHL games.  He dressed for the Capitals, Sabres, Ducks, Blues, Lightning, Sharks and Predators. 
Detroit signed Ville Leino as a late blooming free agent in 2008.  He was a disappointment in Detroit, pleasant surprise in Philly and once again a disappoint in Buffalo after yet having lived up to a huge contract. 
Vincent Riendeau
Goaltender Vincent Riendeau tended net for the Canadiens, Blues, Red Wings and Bruins.  He was mostly a backup yet still appeared in over 200 NHL games. 
Mike Vernace and Sean Selmser
Originally a San Jose draft pick, Mike Vernace was later traded to Colorado, were he made his NHL debut in 2008/09.  Between the Avalanche and Lightning he has dressed in 22 NHL games.
Sean Selmser is a one game wonder, having played in a single contest for the 2000/2001 Columbus Blue Jackets.  He didn’t record any points but had a fight against the Flame’s Chris Clark. 
Doug Barrault and Lonnie Loach
Doug Barrault played 2 games for the 1992/93 Minnesota North Stars and 2 games for the inaugural 1993/94 Florida Panthers. 
The majority of Lonnie Loach’s 57 career NHL games came while he was with the 1992/93 LA Kings.  He did, however, have brief stints with the Ottawa Senators and Anaheim Mighty Ducks. 
Brett Callighen and Nick Stajduhar
Brett Callighen was one of the Edmonton Oilers’ earliest stars.  He followed the team into the NHL from the WHA and was a point per game player through his first two NHL seasons, much of which was spent playing on a line with Wayne Gretzky.  An eye injury hampered his career and he had left Edmonton before they won a championship. 
A first round draft choice from 1993, Nick Stajduhar played 2 games for the 1995/96 Edmonton Oilers. 
Kevjn Morrison and Jim Latos
Kevin Morrison’s only NHL season was with the 1979/80 Colorado Rockies but prior to that he had played half a dozen seasons in the WHA. 
James Latos played 1 game for the 1988/89 New York Rangers. 

and 1 non-NHL player autograph;

Guido Tenesi
This is my favourite autograph of the post.  It is my 17th autograph from the cast of the best hockey movie ever made, Slapshot.  Guido Tenesi played Chiefs player Billy Charlebois in the movie but was also a good real life hockey player and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins.  I'm still missing a bunch of the cast like Jerry Houser, Allan Nicholls, Stephen Mendillo, Ross Smith and Ned Dowd.  This is the first new autograph I've received for this project in a long time so I was very excited to get it back.  

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