Monday, October 21, 2013

Big Month of October with 87 New Signatures

There was a tremendous amount of mail lately and I've added 87 new autographs to my quest for a unique signature of ever NHL player.  The grand total now stands at 3,397 unique John Hancocks.  

Bill Goldsworthy and Dave Silk
Having just finished reading Bill Goldsworthy's autobiography I am very happy to finally add his signature to my collection.  He died in 1996 from Aids and this 1991 Future Trends autograph is the only one he has on the market.  Goldy was an interesting personality who is best known for being a member of the 1972 Summit Series.  
After winning Olympic Gold in 1980 Dave Silk went on to play over 250 games in the NHL.  He dressed for the Rangers, Bruins, Red Wings and Jets. 
Ed Belfour and Peter Sidorkiewicz
Ed Belfour was one of the most well known goaltenders of his generation.  In 1991 he won the Vezina, Jennings and Calder as rookie of the year.  He would win the Jennings 3 more times and the Vezina as goalie of the year again in 1993.  He later helped the Dallas Stars win the Stanley Cup in 1999.
ITG trading cards recently issued Peter Sidorkiewicz's first certified autograph cards.  He played 250+ games in the NHL between the Whalers, Senators and Devils.  He represented Ottawa at the 1993 NHL All-Star game. 
Dimitri Patzold and Mathieu Chouinard
Dimitri Patzold appeared in 3 games for the 2007/08 San Jose Sharks to play a grand total of 44 minutes in the NHL.  Born in Kazakhstan he has spent most of his career playing in Europe.
Mathieu Chouinard has one of the shortest NHL careers ever.  He appeared in 1 game for the 2003/04 LA Kings, seeing only 2 minutes of playing time but allowing no goals against.  
Nolan Yonkman and Chris Nielsen
These two Bowman CHL autographs are tough to find.  Nolan Yonkman has played in the NHL as recently as 12/13 with the Florida Panthers.  He's dressed in 74 games since making his debut with the 01/02 Washington Capitals.
Between 2000 and 2002 Chris Nielsen played in 52 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Although his family moved to Canada when he was three Nielsen was born in Tanzania.  
Bernie Nicholls and Joey Kocur
When Wayne Gretzky was traded to the LA Kings Bernie Nicholls was one of many Kings who reaped the benefits of playing with the best player of all time.  Nicholls scored a career high 70 goals and 150 points for the 1988/89 Los Angeles Kings.  Although Nicholls played over 1000 games and was on 3 All-Star teams he never won a major award.
Tough guy Joey Kocur was penalized for over 2500 minutes through 800+ games.  He won a Stanley Cup with the 1994 Rangers, 1997 Red Wings, 1998 Red Wings and the 2002 Red Wings as a  video coach.  
Colton Orr and John LeClair
Colton Orr doesn't have a huge amount of autographs on the market so I was happy to add this one for a steal at only a couple dollars.  Orr has gained a loyal following as the Leaf's primary enforcer since 2009.  He has well over 1000 penalty minutes in the NHL.
John LeClair was once a star NHL player, scoring 50+ goals in a season on 3 separate occasions.  He was a 5 time NHL All-Star who also won the Stanley Cup as a member of the 1993 Montreal Canadiens.
Carter Ashton and Jason Zucker
A former first round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Carter Ashton made his NHL debut with the 2011/12 Toronto Maple Leafs.
Jason Zucker has thus far appeared in 30+ games for the Minnesota Wild.  He was born in California but raised in Las Vegas, demonstrating the new reach hockey has in the US.
Craig Smith and Cal Clutterbuck
University of Wisconsin alumni Craig Smith is entering his third season as a regular on the Nashville Predators. 
Currently a New York Islander, Cal Clutterbuck played 5 full seasons for the Minnesota Wild.  He set a league record with 356 hits in 08/09.   
Jordan Caron and Taylor Beck
Since 2010 Jordan Caron has played nearly 100 games for the Boston Bruins.  He was their first round pick in 2009.
Taylor Beck was recalled to the Nashville Predators for 16 games in 2012/13.  He scored 3 goals and 7 points.  
Chris Terry and Boone Jenner
Chris Terry played 3 games for the 2012/2013 Carolina Hurricanes.
A surprise addition to the 2013/14 Columbus Blue Jackets, Boone Jenner has started the season with the team and already has a number of NHL games played. 
Marian Hossa and Daniel Sedin
Marian Hossa has scored well over 400 goals in the NHL.  He's a 6 time NHL All-Star who has won the Stanley Cup twice, in 2010 and 2013.
Daniel Sedin won the 2011 Art Ross as the NHL's leading scorer.  He's played a dozen seasons in the NHL and won an Olympic gold medal in 2006 with team Sweden.  I was long overdue to get this signature as I've had Hank's for a couple years already and they look much better together.  
Brett Sutter and Jiri Novotny
With Brett's autograph I now have a signature of all eight Sutter family members to make the NHL.  Son of Darryl, Brett is currently a member of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Between 2005 and 2009 Czech native Jiri Novotny played in just under 200 NHL games while dressing for the Sabres, Capitals and Blue Jackets. 
Georges Laraque and Cody Franson
Georges Laraque spent over a decade as one of the most feared fighters in the NHL.
Cody Franson has played 250+ NHL games between the Nashville Predators and his current team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. 
Ales Hemsky and Jarret Stoll
Ales Hemsky is playing his twelfth season with the Edmonton Oilers, who drafted him 13th overall in 2001.  At one point in his career he was a point per game player.
Jarret Stoll won the Stanley Cup in 2012 as a member of the Los Angeles Kings.
Erik Gudbranson and Jaden Schwartz
Drafted 3rd overall by the Florida Panthers in 2010, defenseman Erik Gudbranson has quietly played over 100 NHL games.
Drafted 14th overall in 2010 Jaden Schwartz is entering his second season as a full time member of the St. Louis Blues.
Ryan Johansen and Teemu Hartikainen
Drafted 4th overall in 2010, Ryan Johansen made the Blue Jacket's roster as an 18 year old.  His stock has fallen since that early debut but he has already played100+ NHL games.
Between 2010 and 2013 Teemu Hartikainen played in 52 games for the Edmonton Oilers. The Finnish forward scored 6 goals and 13 points. 
Niko Dimitrakos and Shawn Thornton
Between 2002 and 2007 Niko Dimitrakos played in 178 NHL games between the Sharks and Flyers.
Shawn Thornton won the Stanley Cup twice; in 2007 with the Anaheim Ducks and in 2011 with the Boston Bruins.
Harry Zolnierczyk and Jim O'Brien
Brown alumni Harry Zolnierczyk has played for the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. 
Jim O'Brien has played 70 games for the Ottawa Senators since 2011.
Chris Kunitz and Scott Glennie
Chris Kunitz has scored 20+ goals in a season 6 separate times.  The undrafted Ferris State alumni has spent the majority of his career in Anaheim and Pittsburgh.
Chosen 8th overall in 2009, Scott Glennie played 1 game for the 2011/12 Dallas Stars.
Brandon Dubinsky and Lauri Korpikoski
Brandon Dubinsky is entering his seventh season as a full time NHL player.  
Finn Lauri Korpikoski started his career with the Rangers but is entering his fifth season as a full time member of the Phoenix Coyotes.
Tomas Holmstrom and Dennis Seidenberg
Between 1996 and 2012 Tomas Holmstrom played well over 1000 games in the NHL, all while a Detroit Red Wing.  He won the Stanley Cup in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008.  He also claimed an Olympic gold medal as a member of Team Sweden in 2006.  
Dennis Seidenberg has spent over a decade in the NHL.  He has played for the Flyers, Coyotes, Hurricanes, Panthers and Bruins.  He won a Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011.
Andy Wozniewski
Andy Wozniewski played 79 NHL games between the Leafs, Blues and Bruins.  He was an undrafted player signed from the University of Wisconsin.  
Joe Motzko and Richard Petiot
Between 2004 and 2009 Joe Motzko saw 25 games of NHL action.  He dressed for the Blue Jackets, Ducks, Capitals and Thrashers.  He played 3 games for the Ducks, all during their 2007 Stanley Cup playoff run.  This was enough to get his name engraved on the Cup.
Richard Petiot played 2 games for the 05/06 LA Kings, 11 games for the 08/09 Tampa Bay Lightning and most recently 2 games for the 10/11 Edmonton Oilers.  
Bryan Helmer and Bryan Adams
A long time AHL defenseman, Bryan Helmer has played in 150+ NHL games between 1998 and 2009.  He has played for the Coyotes, Blues, Canucks and Capitals.  
Michigan State alumni Bryan Adams played 11 games for the Atlanta Thrashers.  
Petr Mika
Czech native Petr Mika played 3 games for the New York Islanders in 1999/2000.  
George Maneluk and Andre Gill
My goalie want list has become very small so I'm very happy to add two new goalie graphs.  George Maneluk saw 4 games of action for the 1990/1991 New York Islanders. 
Andre Gill was given the opportunity to backstop the Boston Bruins 5 times during the 1967/68 season.  He later spent a couple years in the WHA with the Chicago Cougars.  
Phil Maloney and Jeannot Gilbert
Phil Maloney played 150+ NHL games between the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks between 1949 and 1960.  He later returned to the NHL as head coach of the Vancouver Canucks. 
Jeannot Gilbert played 9 games for the Boston Bruins in the 1960s.  He later spent a couple seasons in the WHA with the Quebec Nordiques.
Ted Green and Doug Gibson
Ted Green spent over a decade playing for the Boston Bruins, making his debut in 1961. He won a Stanley Cup with the team in 1970 and 1972.  He left the NHL after his second Cup and spent 7 seasons in the WHA, playing in the league for all of its existence.  
Through the 1970s Dough Gibson saw 64 games of NHL action.  He dressed for both the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals.  
Arnie Brown and Gerry Foley
Arnie Brown spent a decade in the NHL, playing over 700 games in a career that started with the 1962 Toronto Maple Leafs.  He ended his hockey career in the WHA playing for the Vancouver Blazers.  
Between 1954 and 1969 Gerry Foley played 150 games between the Leafs, Rangers and Kings. 
Art Stratton and Pete Conacher
Between 1959 and 1968 Art Stratton played 100 NHL games between the Rangers, Red Wings, Blackhawks, Penguins and Flyers.
One of many members of the Conacher clan to make the big leagues, between 1952 and 1958 Pete Conacher played well over 200 games in the NHL.  He was a member of the Blackhawks, Rangers and Leafs.  
Gord Brooks and Floyd Thomson
I like the inscription's with Brooks' autograph, "still playing at 63."  Gord Brooks saw 70 games of action in the NHL while dressing for the Blues and Capitals.
Floyd Thomson spent the better part of a decade with the St. Louis Blues. He played over 400 games for them between 1971 and 1980. 
Dave Thomlinson and Shawn Evans
Dave Thomlinson played 51 career NHL games between the St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins and LA Kings. 
Shawn Evans saw 7 games of NHL action with the 1985/86 St. Louis Blues and another 2 games with the 1989/90 New York Islanders.  
Fern LeBlanc and Guy Charron
Fern LeBlanc played 34 games for the Red Wings in the late 1970s.
Guy Charron was a long time NHLer who saw 700+ games of action between the Habs, Red Wings, Scouts and Capitals.  He served as captain for both the Kansas City Scouts and Washington Capitals.  He later returned to the NHL as a head coach with the Flames and as an assistant with both the Mighty Ducks and Canadiens.
Bob Falkenberg and John Mokosak
Over 5 seasons Bob Falkenberg saw 54 games of action with the Detroit Red Wings in the late 1960s/early 70s.  He later spent 5 full years in the WHA playing for the Oilers and Mariners. 
Between 1988 and 1990 John Mokosak played 41 games for the Red Wings.  
Bill Mikkelson and Steve Seftel
Between 1971 and 1977 defenseman Bill Mikkelson played 147 games in the NHL, seeing time with the Kings, Islanders and Capitals.
Steve Seftel played 4 games for the 1990/91 Washington Capitals.  
Ralph Stewart and Scott Howson
Ralph Stewart made his debut with the 1970/71 Vancouver Canucks but played the majority of his career with the New York Islanders between 1972 and 1976.  
Better known as the former GM of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Scott Howson was once an NHL player who spent 18 games as an Islander in the mid 1980s.  
Brian Kilrea and Skip Krake
Best known as the longtime coach of the Ottawa 67's, Brian Kilrea was once an NHL player.  He dressed in 1 game for the 1957/58 Detroit Red Wings and 25 for the 1967/68 LA Kings. 
Phil 'Skip' Krake spent a few seasons in the NHL and WHA.  He saw time with the Bruins, Kings and Sabres before moving on the the WHA where he played for the Crusaders and Oilers. 
Kent-Erik Andersson and Anders Eldebrink
Kent-Erik Andersson spent five full seasons with the Minnesota North Stars and then 2 more with the New York Rangers, heading back to Sweden in 1984.  
Swede Anders Eldebrink spent 2 years in North America, playing over 50 games between the Vancouver Canucks and Quebec Nordiques.
Brad Aitken and Bruce Bell
Brad Aitken appeared in 14 games between the Penguins and Oilers.
Bruce Bell played over 200 NHL games while dressing for the Nordiques, Blues, Rangers and Oilers.
Dale DeGray and Randy Pierce
Dale DeGray played 166 games in the NHL while dressing for the Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings and Buffalo Sabres.
Between 1977 and 1985 Randy Pierce played 279 games in the NHL.  He was a member of the Rockies, Devils and Whalers.  
Uli Hiemer and Kari Makkonen
Between 1984 and 1987 Uli Hiemer played 143 games for the New Jersey Devils.  The German D-man recorded 73 points over that span.
Finnish native Kari Makkonen spent only 1 season in North America, seeing 9 games of play with the 1970/80 Edmonton Oilers.  He scored 2 goals and 4 points. 
Moe Robinson and Travis Brigley
Brother of hockey legend Larry Robinson, Moe played just 1 game in the NHL for the 1979/80 Montreal Canadiens.  
Travis Brigley split his 55 game NHL career between the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche, who he most recently played for in 2004.  
Ryan Caldwell and Chris McRae
Ryan Caldwell saw a total of 4 games in the NHL.  He played 2 for the 2005/05 NY Islanders and 2 for the 2007/08 Phoenix Coyotes.  
In the late 1980s Chris McRea played 14 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs and then another 7 games for the Detroit Red Wings.  
Chuck Luksa and Doug Lecuyer
After spending a season in the WHA with the Cincinnati Stingers Chuck Luksa dressed in 8 games for the 1979/80 Hartford Whalers.
Doug Lecuyer played 133 games in the NHL between the Blackhawks, Jets and Penguins.
Grant Martin
As it sometimes happens when I pull photographs from the internet Grant Martin's index was made with a player that wasn't him.  Martin, who played 45 NHL games between the Canucks and Capitals, was nice enough to include this little signed card.  It will do just fine for my collection.  

As usual I have a few more hockey autographs to show of individuals who never played in the NHL.

John Harrington
Having never made it to the NHL John Harrington will be best known for being a member of the 1980 USA Miracle on Ice team.  
John Brophy
John Brophy spent 3 seasons as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Although he never played in the NHL, Brophy is one of the more colourful personalities in hockey history.  He was one of the toughest pro hockey players around and is said to be the inspiration for Slapshot's Reggie Dunlop.
Kevin Cheveldayoff and Mike Yeo
A former first round pick of the New York Islanders, Kevin Cheveldayoff is entering his third season as GM of the Winnipeg Jets.  
Mike Yeo won the Stanley Cup during his 4 year tenure as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  He then moved on to be head coach of the Minnesota Wild. 
Glen Gulutzan
Glen Gulutzan played a few seasons of pro hockey but never made it to the NHL.  He rose through the coaching ranks and became the Dallas Stars' head coach in 2011.  He's currently an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks. 
Dennis Kassian and Craig Topolnisky
Dennis Kassian spent 1 season in the WHA, playing 50 games for the 1972/73 Alberta Oilers.
Craig Topolnisky played 10 games for the 1977/78 Edmonton Oilers. 
Christer Abrahamsson and Bob Whidden
Current known as Christer Abris, the former Swedish Olympian spent 3 seasons tending net for the New England Whalers. 
Bob Whidden spent 4 seasons in the WHA as a goalie for the Cleveland Crusaders.  Since his pen ran dry for some of this autograph I'll keep one of the signed index cards he added as well as this one
Pat Westrum and Bill Blackwood
Pat Westrum played 4 seasons and just under 250 games in the WHA.
Bill Blackwood played 3 games for the Indianapolis Racers towards the end of the 1977/78 WHA season.
Mats Lindh and Vladimir Zabrodsky
Swedish forward Mats Lindh spent 2 seasons with the Winnipeg Jets, scoring 33 goals and 65 points.
Vladimir Zabrodsky was a legendary hockey player who never crossed the ocean to play in North America.  You can read all about the Czech olympian here

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