I've acquired 53 new autographs since the last post. The grand total now stands at 3,840. Just over 7,000 players have played in the league so I'm well past the 50% mark now. This mail post is a mix of certified autographs, TTM requests and deceased player autographs that I acquired and doctored into my standard design. I'm in the midst of a big move so it will be a little while until my next mail post but when I do it should be big. The 4,000 mark is well within reach.
I need not say anything about the greatest hockey player to ever play the game. I was finally able to add a Gretzky autograph to my collection and for a solid price. I'm super happy about this one.
A sub-par season with the Oilers have brought the value of Yakupov's autographs down so far that I surprised myself and won this nice hard signed card with a rather small opening bid. The Russian forward was drafted 1st overall by the Oilers in 2012.
Drafted 2nd overall by the Boston Bruins in 2010, Tyler Seguin immediately jumped to the NHL and won the 2011 Stanley Cup. He reached the final again with Boston in 2013 but lost to the Hawks. That offseason he was shipped to the Dallas Stars. In 2013/2014 as a Star he finished 4th overall in league scoring with 37 goals and 84 points.
Between 1970 and 1980 Dale Tallon played well over 600 games in the NHL. He was drafted 2nd overall in 1970 and was named to team Canada's 1972 Summit Series team. He's since become an NHL general manager and won the 2010 Stanley Cup with Chicago.
I have a large stash of ITG Franchises autographs but this particular one has been on my want list since the product was released. Between 1972 and 1983 Mike Murphy played nearly 900 regular season+playoff games in the NHL. He spent most of his career in LA and was a long time team captain but also dressed for St. Louis and the New York Rangers. He later returned to the NHL as a head coach with both the LA Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs.
As a member of the Edmonton Oilers Kevin McClelland won the Stanley Cup in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1988. Between 1981 and 1994 he played 588 regular season and 98 playoff games in the NHL.
Tough guy Tim Hunter played 815 regular season and 132 playoff games in the NHL between 1981 and 1997. He won the Stanley Cup in 1989 with Calgary and later returned to the finals as a member of the 1994 Canucks. He's been an NHL assistant coach since 1997.
Between 1981 and 1990 Jim Nill played nearly 600 regular season+playoff games in the NHL. He played for the Blues, Canucks, Bruins, Jets and Red Wings. After retiring as a player he won the 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008 Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings. He's currently the general manager of the Dallas Stars.
From 1988 to 1995 Darin Kimble played well over 300 games in the NHL and racked up over 1000 penalty minutes. He played for the Nordiques, Blues, Bruins and Blackhawks.
From 1999 to 2009 Aaron Downey played 248 regular season+playoff games in the NHL. He was largely and enforcer, scoring only 8 goals but accumulating nearly 500 penalty minutes. He played for the Bruins, Blackhawks, Stars, Blues, Canadiens and Red Wings.
Magnus Johansson started his pro hockey career in Sweden back in 1990. He did not come to the NHL until 2007. As a 33 year old rookie he split his only season in the NHL between the 2007/2008 Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers.
Since 2002 Mike Rupp has played well over 600 games in the NHL. He's played for the Devils, Coyotes, Thrashers, Blue Jackets, Penguins, Rangers and Wild. He captured the Stanley Cup in 2003 as a New Jersey Devil, scoring the Cup clinching goal. He only has a couple certified autographs on the market so I was glad to see Panini recently release this card, which I acquired cheaply.
Max Pacioretty was drafted by the Canadiens in the first round of the 2007 NHL draft. He made his debut in 2008 and has since played over 300 games for Montreal. He scored a career high 39 goals during the 2013/2014 season.
An undrafted University of New Hampshire graduate, Garrett Stafford played 7 games in the NHL. He played 2 games for the 2007/08 Red Wings, 3 games for the 2008/09 Dallas Stars and 2 games for the 2010/11 Phoenix Coyotes.
Troy Brouwer has very few certified autographs on the market so I'm glad to add this one. He's played 500+ regular season+playoff games in the NHL. He won the 2010 Stanley Cup with Chicago.
With 41 goals scored through the 2013/2014 season Joe Pavelski has become an NHL star. He's scored 20+ goals a season 5 times and represented the USA at the 2010 and 2014 Olympics.
In 2010 Jack Campbell backstopped Team USA to a Wold Junior gold medal and was drafted 11th overall by the Dallas Stars in the NHL draft. So far he's played 1 game for the Stars.
A California native, Emerson Etem was a first round draft pick by the Ducks in 2010. He's played well over 50 NHL games since 2012.
Son of former NHLer Stephane Matteau, Stefen played 17 games for the 2012/2013 New Jersey Devils as a teenager.
Christian Thomas played 1 game for the 2012/13 New York Rangers and 2 games for the 2013/14 Montreal Canadiens. His father, Steve Thomas, had a long NHL career.
Jakov Silfverberg has played over 100 NHL games since 2012. He made his debut with the Senators but was acquired by the Anaheim Ducks in the Bobby Ryan trade.
Drafted 6th overall by the Blue Jackets in 2008, Nikita Filatov only scored 6 goals and 14 points in 53 career NHL games. The Russian forward played for Columbus and the Ottawa Senators. He's a golden example of why I don't tend to buy top prospect autographs, the value dropping from expensive to almost nothing.
Shawn Hunwick was an undrafted University of Michigan grad signed by the Blue Jackets in 2011. He played a grand total of 3 minutes in a single NHL game for the 2011/2012 Blue Jackets. He didn't face a single shot in one of the NHL's shortest careers. He retired as a player in 2013.
Defenceman Drew Bagnall played 2 games for the 2010/2011 Minnesota Wild. He was originally drafted by the Dallas Stars in 2003.
Mark Visentin played 1 game for this year's Phoenix Coyotes. He was a first round draft choice from 2010 who represented Canada at the 2011 and 2012 World Juniors.
An Ohio State University grad, Shane Sims played 1 game in the NHL with the 2010/2011 New York Islanders. He had singed a one-day tryout contract with the Islanders when injuries riddles their defence late into the season.
Between 2009 and 2014 Alexander Sulzer played 131 games in the NHL. He suited up for the Predators, Panthers, Canucks and Sabres.
Orignially drafted by the Blackhawks in 1998, Kent Huskins attended Clarkson University for four years and didn't make his NHL debut until the 2006/2007 season. He won the Stanley Cup in 2007 with the Anaheim Ducks. He's played over 300 NHL games while dressing for the Ducks, Sharks, Blues, Red Wings and Flyers. I'm amazed he didn't get a certified autograph at some point.
Between 1998 and 2003 Matt Herr played 58 games in the NHL. The University of Michigan grad dressed for the Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins.
Drafted 13th overall by the Oilers in 1992, Joe Hulbig only played a little over 50 NHL games from 1996 to 2001. He played for both the Oilers and Boston Bruins.
Between 1986 and 1994 Jim Thomson played 116 regular season+playoff games in the NHL. The well travelled Thomson was a Washington Capital, Hartford Whaler, New Jersey Devil, Los Angeles King, Ottawa Senator and Anaheim Mighty Duck.
Between 1996 and 1998 Czech defenceman Libor Zabransky played 40 games for the St. Louis Blues.
Between 1995 and 2009 Jamie Heward suited up in 394 NHL games, scoring 38 goals and 124 points. He was a member of the Maple Leafs, Predators, Islanders, Blue Jackets, Capitals, Kings and Lightning.
From 1989 to 1994 Neil Brady scored 9 goals and 31 points in 89 career NHL games. He played for the Devils, Senators and Stars.
From 1982 to 1994 Claude Loiselle played well over 600 games in the NHL. During that span he played for the Red Wings, Devils, Nordiques, Maple Leafs and Islanders. A McGill law graduate, Loiselle is currently assistant general manager of the Maple Leafs.
Defenceman Paul MacKinnon played 73 games for the WHA's 1978/79 Winnipeg Jets. From 1979-1984 he played 147 games for the Washington Capitals in the NHL.
After playing for Ohio State University the undrafted Jim Witherspoon suited up in 2 NHL games with the 1975/1976 Los Angeles Kings.
Tom Hirsch represented the USA at the 1984 winter Olympics and then from 1984 to 1987 played 43 regular season+playoff games for the Minnesota North Stars. He was forced to retire early due to a bad shoulder injury.
Finnish goalie Kari Takko played 146 regular season+playoff games in the NHL between 1985 and 1991. He spent most of that time with the Minnesota North Stars but ended his career with the Edmonton Oilers.
Between 1974 and 1976 Michel Dumas backstopped the Chicago Blackhawks in 8 NHL games. He was forced to retired early due to an eye injury. He's been a scout for the Blackhawks since 1978. His name is on the Stanley Cup as a member of the 2010 Blackhawks.
Between 1968 and 1972 Dick Sarrazin played 104 regular season+playoff games with the Philadelphia Flyers. He later split a season in the WHA between the New England Whalers and Chicago Cougars.
From 1973 to 1979 Reg Thomas played well over 400 games in the WHA. He later played 39 NHL games for the 1979/1980 Quebec Nordiques.
A 'one game wonder,' Stephane Brochu played 1 game for the 1988/1989 New York Rangers.
Between 1990 and 1996 Marc Potvin played 134 regular season+playoff games in the NHL. He played for the Red Wings, Kings, Whalers and Bruins. He took his life in 2006 at only 38 years of age.
Garry Bauman played 2 games for the 1966/67 Montreal Canadiens and 33 games for the Minnesota North Stars between 1967 and 1969.
Between 1954 and 1968 Hank Bassen backstopped 150+ games in the NHL. He played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins. His son Bob Bassen was a long time NHL player.
Between 1944 and 1952 Pete Horeck played well over 400 games in the NHL. He was a Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruin and Detroit Red Wing.
Gordon Fashoway scored 3 goals and 5 points in 13 games with the 1950/1951 Chicago Blackhawks. He later returned to the NHL as head coach of the 1967/68 Oakland Seals.
From 1938 to 1942 Pete Langelle scored 22 goals and 73 points in 137 regular season games with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He helped the Leafs capture the 1942 Stanley Cup.
Norm Corcoran played 33 regular season+playoff games in the NHL during the 1950s. He dressed for the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks.
Between 1951 and 1960 Lorne Davis played 113 regular season+playoff games in the NHL. He played for the Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins. He won the Stanley Cup as a player in 1953 and then 5 more as a scout with the Edmonton Oilers.
Between 1957 and 1962 defenceman Jack Bownass played 80 games in the NHL. He was a Montreal Canadien and New York Ranger.
Between 1942 and 1944 Billy Warwick played 14 games for the New York Rangers. He scored 3 goals and 6 points.
Late into the 2013/2013 NHL season Laurent Brossoit dressed in 2 games as the Edmonton Oilers' backup goalie. See his profile on my other blog here.
Trevor Robins dressed as a backup goalie with the San Jose Sharks during the 1994/1995 season. See his profile from my other blog here.