Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Passing the 3,500 Autograph Mark With 59 New NHL Signatures

59 New autographs added since the last mail post, bringing the grand total of unique NHL signatures to 3,517.  The Geraldine Heaney autograph is the highlight of this post for me, its her only certified autograph so far and is extremely hard to find. New autographs of players who made their debuts between 2005 and 2011 have been added to the 'year in autographs' pages, I'll keep them updated and be adding new years soon.

Ted Kennedy
Hockey Hall of Famer Teeder Kennedy has an impressive resume.  As a Toronto Maple Leaf he won the Stanley Cup 5 times, claimed the Hart Trophy in 1955 and served as the Leaf's captain for 8 years.

Frank Mahovlich
Hockey Hall of Famer Frank Mahovlich was a 15 time NHL All-Star who has his name on the Stanley Cup 6 times.  He won the Calder as rookie of the year in 1958 and retired in 1978 after 4 years in the WHA.  A member of the 1972 Summit Series, he scored over 500 career goals in the NHL. Later in life he entered the political scene and spent many years as a Senator in Canada.  

Mats Sundin
Drafted 1st overall by the Nordiques in 1989, Mats Sundin was recently inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.  He was a 9 time NHL All-Star and won an Olympic Gold medal with team Sweden in 2006.  He will, however, best be remember by a generation as the captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, a title he held for 11 seasons.

Saku Koivu
Saku Koivu spent 10 seasons as captain of the Montreal Canadiens.  He's a two time NHL All-Star who won the 2002 Bill Masterton Trophy and the 2007 King Clancy Memorial Trophy.  Internationally he has won four Olympic medals playing with Team Finland.

Owen Nolan
Born in Ireland but raised a Canadian, Owen Nolan played over 1200 games in the NHL.The 1st overall pick by the Nordiques in 1990, Nolan would go on to appear in 5 NHL All-Star games and was the cover boy for EA Sports' NHL 2001.  His most notable career accomplishment is winning an Olympic Gold medal with team Canada in 2002.

Vitaly Yeremeyev
Russian goalie Vitaly Yeremeyev appeared in 4 games for the 2000/2001 New York Rangers. 

Cory Schneider
Since 2008 Cory Schneider has played well over 100 NHL games between the Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils. In 2011 he and Luongo shared the Williams Jennings Trophy. 

Jake Allen 
Jake Allen has played 16 games for the St. Louis Blues since 2012.  Internationally he won a silver medal with Team Canada's 2010 World Junior  team. 

Olivier Michaud
Oliver Michaud played in 1 game for a total of just 18 minutes in net for the 2001/2001 Montreal Canadiens.  This rare junior autograph, limited to only 100 copies, was on my wantlist for a long time and I was happy to finally find one for my collection.

Robin Lehner
Swedish goalie Robin Lehner has played just shy of 40 NHL games since 2010 but is destined to become the Senator's future #1.

Brian Foster 
Brian Foster appeared in 1 game for the 2011/12 Florida Panthers, seeing just 5 minutes of playing time.  His only certified autographs comes from a Heroes & Prospects update set so its rather limited.

Jussi Rynnas
Signed as an undrafted European unknown, Jussi Rynnas managed to play in 3 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs before returning to Finland in 2013.

Mike Murphy
Mike Murphy appeared in 2 games with the 2011/12 Carolina Hurricanes. As a Belleville Bull he was the 2009 OHL and CHL goalie of the year.  

Jeff Zatkoff
After spending half a dozen years in the Los Angeles Kings system Jeff Zatkoff recently made his NHL debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  He's played 6 games for the 2013/14 Penguins.

Brad Thiessen
An undrafted Northeastern University grad, Brad Thiessen saw action in 5 games with the 2011/12 Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Thomas Vanek
A 2 time NHL All-Star, Thomas Vanek has scored 40+ goals in a season twice.

Jeff Carter
Jeff Cater has scored well over 250 NHL goals since making his debut in 2005.  A 2009 NHL All-Star, he helped Los Angeles win the Stanley Cup in 2012. 

Johan Franzen
Including playoffs Johan Franzen has played well over 600 games with the Detroit Red Wings since 2005.  He won the Stanley Cup with the Wings in 2008.

David Clarkson
David Clarkson spent the first half a dozen years of his NHL career with the New Jersey Devils before recently signing with the Maple Leafs.  

Dennis Wideman
Since 2005 Dennis Wideman has played 600+ career NHL games between the St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers, Washington Capitals and Calgary Flames. 

Jakub Kindl
Czech Jakub Kindl is entering his fourth season as a full time member of the Detroit Red Wings.  

Pat Maroon
Pat Maroon has played a handful of game for the Ducks since 2011 and is a regular on the team this year.

Peter Holland
The 15th overall pick of the 2009 NHL draft, Peter Holland was recently traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Thus far he has played just shy of 40 career games between the Ducks and Leafs. 

Max Sauve
Maxime Sauve played 1 game for the 2011/12 Boston Bruins. 

Colby Robak
Defenseman Colby Robak has played in 19 games for the Florida Panthers. 

Brandon Manning
Undrafted D-man Brandon Manning has played 10 games for the Philadelphia Flyers since 2011.

Cody Goloubef
Cody Goloubef has played a dozen games for the Columbus Blue Jackets.  He won a gold medal as a member of Team Canada's 2009 world junior team.  

Mike Glumac
Between 2005 and 2008 Mike Glumac played 40 games for the St. Louis Blues, scoring 7 goals and 13 points.  He was signed by the Blues as an undrafted Miami University grad.  

Ryane Clowe
Newfoundlander Ryane Clowe spent 8 seasons as a member of the San Jose Sharks before recently playing with the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils. Playoffs included, he has played well over 500 NHL games and has scored over 300 points.  

Zach Redmond
A Ferris State Alumni, Zach Redmond was an Atlanta Thrashers draft pick who made his NHL debut with the Winnipeg Jets in 2012.

Michal Jordan
Czech defenceman Michal Jordan played 5 games for the 2012/13 Carolina Hurricanes.

Dmitry Orlov
I accidentally scanned this one a little crooked.  Since 2011 Russian Dmitry Orlov has played 69 games for the Washington Capitals.

Ryan Garbutt
An undrafted Brown University alumni, Ryan Garbutt is entering his third season as a full time member of the Dallas Stars.

Andrew Joudrey
A 2003 Washington Capitals draft pick, Andrew Joudrey played 1 game for the 2011/12 Columbus Blue Jackets.  

Alexander Burmistrov
Drafted 8th overall in 2010, Alexander Burmistrov joins the long list of Russians drafted high but who failed to make an impact at the NHL level.  After 3 seasons in Atlanta/Winnipeg Burmistrov left for the KHL in 2013.

Matt Fraser
Since 2011/12 Matt Fraser has played 13 games for the Dallas Stars, scoring 1 goal and 3 points.  He's currently with the Bruins organization but has yet to play for the parent club.

Kevin Shattenkirk
A first round draft pick in 2007, Kevin Shattenkirk is an offensive defenceman who has played 200+ NHL games since 2010 between the Avalanche and Blues. 

Kyle Clifford
A member of LA's 2012 Stanley Cup championship team, Kyle Clifford is entering his fourth season as a full time Los Angeles King.  

Jannik Hansen
Danish right winger Jannik Hansen has scored 150+ points in nearly 400 games with the Vancouver Canucks since 2007.

Jonathan Ericsson
Jonathan Ericsson made his NHL debut with the 2007/08 Detroit Red Wings, playing 8 regular season games for the team that season.  They went on to win the Stanley Cup and although Ericsson was awarded a Cup ring and was in the official team championship picture, his name was not engraved on the trophy.  He's still a Red Wing and has played well over 300 games for the club.

Tomas Plihal
Between 2006 and 2009 Tomas Plihal played 93 games for the San Jose Sharks.  He scored 7 goals and 16 points.  

Karl Alzner
Drafted 5th overall in 2007, Karl Alzner has played over 300 games for the Washington Capitals.

Marcus Johansson
Swedish centerman Marcus Johansson has become a reliable secondary scorer for the Washington Capitals.  Entering his fourth season in the NHL, he's already recorded well over 100 points for the Caps.

Mark Pysyk
Buffalo's first round pick from the 2010 NHL draft, defenceman Mark Pysyk has played in nearly 50 NHL games and is currently a regular on the Sabres. 

Milan Jurcina
Between 2005 and 2012 Milan Jurcina played well over 400 NHL games between the Bruins, Capitals, Blue Jackets and Islanders. He has represented Team Slovakia twice at the winter Olympics.

Andrei Loktionov
Russian Andrei Loktionov has played well over 100 NHL games between the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils. 

Brandon Bollig
Tough guy Brandon Bollig is entering his third season with the Blackhawks.  He won the Stanley Cup as a member of the team in 2013.

Mikael Backlund
Since making his debut in 2008/09 Mikael Backlund has played nearly 200 games for the Calgary Flames.

Scottie Upshall
Drafted 6th overall by the Predators in 2003, Scottie Upshall has played for the Preds, Flyers, Coyotes, Blue Jackets and Panthers.  Currently an assistant captain in Florida, Upshall has scored 100+ career goals and 200+ career points in the NHL.

Tavis Hansen
Tavis Hansen played 1 game for the 1994/95 Winnipeg Jets and then 33 games for the Phoenix Coyotes between 1996 and 2001.

Alex Grant
Alex Grant was drafted by Pittsburgh in 2007 but recently made his NHL debut with the 2013/14 Anaheim Ducks.  He scored a goal in his first NHL game. 

Mike Siklenka
Mike Siklenka has played 2 career NHL games.  1 for the 2002/03 Philadelphia Flyers and 1 for the 2003/04 New York Rangers. 

Doug Doull
Doug Doull is one of very few players to make the NHL after playing Canadian University hockey, he spent 3 years playing for Saint Mary's University in Nova Scotia.  He was a tough customer who dressed in 35 games for the 2003/04 Boston Bruins and 2 games for the 2005/06 Washington Capitals. 

Don Caley
Don Caley played half a game for the 1967/68 St. Louis Blues.  He retired from hockey to become a dentist.  

Derek Laxdal
Between 1984 and 1991 Derek Laxdal scored 12 goals and 21 points in 68 career NHL games. He played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders.  He's currently head coach of the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings.

Doug Kostynski
Between 1983 and 1985 Doug Kostynski scored 3 goals in 15 games for the Boston Bruins. 

Jack Lynch
Between 1972 and 1979 defenceman Jack Lynch played for the Penguins, Red Wings and Capitals.  He scored 130 points in 382 career NHL games.

Bob Gladney
Newfoundlander Bob Gladney played 1 game for the 1982/83 Los Angeles Kings and 13 games for the 1983/84 Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Jerome Engele
Between 1975 and 1978 Jerome Engele played 102 games for the Minnesota North Stars.  He's currently the assistant coach of the WHL's Saskatoon Blades. 

Some addition hockey autographs, Heaney being my favourite addition of the whole post. 

Geraldine Heaney
I've had this card on my wantlist for a long time.  Its a rare 1998 Esso postcard sized autograph, its certified on the back.  These are very rare and I'm still looking for the Nancy Drolet.  In 2013 Geraldine Heaney became just the third female ever to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.  She was a member of Team Canada's women's team from 1990 to 2002, winning Olympic silver in 1998 and Gold in 2002.

Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith appeared as a backup goalie in 1 NHL game with the Nashville Predators.

Ross Smith
Its ironic that almost immediately after buying a Ross Smith autographed picture one of my mail requests comes back.  I'll likely keep this one for my collection and let the other go.  Ross Smith played 15 games for the WHA's 1974/75 Indianapolis Racers.  Smith was also an actor in the best hockey movie ever made, Slapshot.

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