Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Couple Months of Mail

48 new autographs have been added to the collection since my last mail post.  The grand total now stands at 4,048 unique signatures.
 As a nomadic student I've lived in a number of different locations over the last few years so I direct all my mail to my childhood home, which I tend to visit once every month or two.  This is why my mail posts can be so staggered. Although my TTM autographs are a little small this week I have about 100 new requests written and ready to send this month.  

Dave Keon
This is yet another well designed ITG autograph set.  I really wish they had a license to produce cards with full body pictures. Dave Keon was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986.  He won the Stanley Cup 4 times as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He also won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy twice, the Conn Smyth Trophy and the Calder Trophy during his illustrious career.  Between 1960 and 1982 he played nearly 1400 regular season+playoff games in the NHL and over 300 games in the WHA.

Derek Sanderson
This card didn't scan all that well but it looks great in hand. It's the first autograph I've gotten from the set and I'm impressed.  Derek Sanderson's autograph has been high on my wantlist since reading his book, Crossing the Line. Its one of the best hockey books I've read in a long time. The 1968 Calder Trophy winner and 2 time Stanley Cup champion was once the highest paid athlete in the world.

Dick Duff
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006, Dick Duff won the Stanley Cup 6 times during his playing career. He played well over 1000 NHL games between 1955 and 1972.

Robbie Ftorek
Robbie Ftorek spent the most productive years of his career tearing up the WHA. He scored 216 goals and 523 points in 373 WHA games. He was also a solid NHLer and spent time as the captain of the Quebec Nordiques. He has his name on the Stanley Cup twice, 1995 and 2000 as a scout with the New Jersey Devils. He has also been NHL head coach of the LA Kings, NJ Devils and Boston Bruins.

Jim Peplinski
Jim Peplinski spent his entire career with the Calgary Flames.  He played over 800 regular season+playoff games in the NHL. He was a member of the Flames from 1980 to 1990 and won the Stanley Cup in 1989.  He attempted a brief 6 game comeback with Calgary in 1994/95 before retiring for good. Peplinski was captain or co-captain of the Flames from 1984 to 1989. He's also notable in hockey history for having been a member of Canada's 4th place team at the 1988 winter Olympics.

Mikhail Kravets
Russian forward Mikhail Kravets played a couple NHL games for the San Jose Sharks in the early 1990's.  I stumbled across this KHL So Real coach autograph and quickly picked it up.  Russians tend to be hard to get through the mail, no thanks to their unreliable postal system.

Jimmy Carson
Jimmy Carson is a member of the prestigious club of 50 goal scorers, netting 55 with the 1987/88 LA Kings. He was a key piece of the trade that saw Wayne Gretzky go to the Kings and Carson to the Oilers. He scored an NHL record 92 goals as a teenager over his first two seasons.

Laurie Boschman
Between 1979 and 1993 Laurie Boschman played over 1000 games in the NHL. He spent the majority of his career with the Winnipeg Jets but also suited up for the Leafs, Oilers, Devils and Senators.  He was captain of the Ottawa Senators during their inaugural season.

Ken Linseman
Ken Linseman was an NHL regular from 1978 to 1991.  He dressed in nearly 1000 regular season+playoff games in the league between the Flyers, Oilers, Bruins and Leafs. He won the Stanley Cup in 1984 with the Oilers, scoring 10 goals in 19 playoff games.

Henrik Zetterberg
Henrik Zetterberg won the 2003 Calder Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year.  In 2006 he won an Olympic Gold medal with Sweden.  In 2008 he was a dominating force in the NHL.  That season he won the Frank J. Selke Trophy, was named an NHL All-Star, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP and captured the Stanley Cup with Detroit.

Serge Payer
I was surprised to come across these hard to find AHL Binghampton Senators autographs on the website Check Out My Cards.  Someone posted a bunch of them and I quickly snatched up the couple I needed. A company called Choice released this set to commemorate the team's 5th anniversary. Between 2000 and 2007 Serge Payer played well over 100 games in the NHL.  He saw time with the Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators.

Jeff Heerema
A first round pick by the Hurricanes in 1998, Jeff Heerema played 32 games in the NHL.  He dressed in 10 games with the 2002/2003 Hurricanes and 22 more with the 2003/2004 St. Louis Blues.

Igor Radulov
From 2002 to 2004 Russian forward Igor Radulov scored 9 goals and 16 points in 43 career NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks. His younger brother, the notorious Alex Radulov, also played in the NHL.

Darcy Hordichuk
I was pleasantly surprised to see Darcy Hordichuk's name on the autograph set for this Oilers commererative release.  It's his first and only certified autograph.  He only played 47 games for the Oilers over two seasons, accomplishing nothing of note.  Its a mystery to me as to why he's even in this set although I'm not complaining.  He played well over 500 games in the NHL between 2000 and 2013, scoring only 20 goals but accumulating over 1000 penalty minutes.

Chris Kelly
I've had this Bowman CHL autograph on my wantlist for a long time. It remains Chris Kelly's only certified autograph and is rarely seen. He's played over 700 regular season+playoff games in the NHL between the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins. He won the 2011 Stanley Cup as a member of the Bruins.

Bryan Bickell
A second round draft pick of the Blackhawks in 2004, Bryan Bickell has played over 300 regular season+playoff games for the club since 2006/2007.  He was a member of the 2010 and 2013 Stanley Cup championship teams.

Sean Couturier
The Flyers selected Sean Couturier with the 8th overall pick of the 2011 NHL draft.  He jumped straight into the league as an 18 year old and has already played over 200 games with Philly. His father, Sylvain, also played in the NHL.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Selected 6th overall by the Coyotes in the 2009 NHL entry draft, Oliver Ekman-Larsson has played four solid seasons in the NHL with Phoenix.  The offensive defenceman helped Sweden claim a Silver medal at the 2014 winter Olympics.

Slava Voynov
Russian defenceman Slava Voynov helped the Los Angeles Kings claim the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup championships. He also represented Russian at the 2014 Olympic games.

Tyler Johnson
Tyler Johnson was a high scoring junior player who helped Team USA win the 2010 World Junior championship Gold medal.  Since he's only 5'9 the talented forward went undrafted but signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2011. With 24 goals and 50 points in his rookie season with the Lightning, Johnson was named a 2014 Calder trophy finalist as the league's best rookie.

Richard Panik
 Forward Richard Panik has played 75 games in the NHL with the Lightning since 2012/2013. He represented Slovakia at the 2014 Olympic games.

Matt Irwin
Since making his debut with the 2012/2013 squad, Matt Irwin has played 100 NHL games with the San Jose Sharks. The defenceman was an undrafted free agent signing.

Brock Nelson
A first round NHL draft pick by the Islanders in 2010, Brock Nelson made his NHL in the 2013 playoffs.  He spent the entire 2013/2014 season in Long Island, scoring 14 goals and 26 points as an NHL rookie.

Ryan Murphy
As a junior player Ryan Murphy was a 3 time OHL All-Star, captain of the Kitchener Rangers and represented Team Canada at the 2013 World Juniors.  He was drafted in the first round by the Hurricanes, 12th overall in 2011.  The offensive defenseman has already played over 50 NHL games.

Cody Hodgson
The Vancouver Canucks drafted Cody Hodgson with the 10th overall pick of the 2008 NHL entry draft. He was traded to Buffalo after just 1 season with the Canucks.  He was the leading scorer of the 2013/14 Buffalo Sabres.

Sven Baertschi
A native of Switzerland, Sven Baertschi was drafted 13th overall by the Calgary Flames in 2011. Over three seasons in Calgary he has scored 24 points in 51 NHL games.

Lennart Petrell
Lennart Petrell was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2004 but didn't come to the NHL until signing with the Edmonton Oilers in 2011.  The finnish forward played 95 games with the Oilers over 2 seasons, scoring 7 goals and 18 points.

Michael Frolik
Michael Frolik was drafted 10th overall by the Florida Panthers in 2006.  He's played well over 400 NHL games between the Panthers, Blackhawks and Jets.  He represented the Czech Republic at the 2014 Olympics and is best known for being a member of the 2013 Stanley Cup championship Chicago team.

Ondrej Pavelec
Since 2007 Ondrej Pavelec has appeared in nearly 300 NHL games with the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets. He was the Czech Republic's starting goalie at the 2014 Olympics.

Carter Camper
Carter Camper was signed by the Bruins as a free agent after spending four seasons with Miami University.  He scored 1 goal in 3 career NHL games with the 2011/2012 Boston Bruins. He recently signed with the Ottawa Senators.

Stu Bickel
American defenceman Stu Bickel played 67 games with the New York Rangers from 2011 to 2013.  He was an undrafted free agent signing of the Anaheim Ducks who was later traded to New York.  He recently signed a contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Brayden McNabb
Since 2011 defenceman Brayden McNabb has played 37 games in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres. He recently signed a contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

Frank Corrado
Defenceman Frank Corrado has played 18 NHL games with the Vancouver Canucks since 2013.

Tom Wilson
Tom Wilson made his NHL debut with the Capitals during the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs. Drafted 16th overall in 2012, Tom Wilson played all 82 games with the 2013/2014 Washington Capitals.

Drew Shore
A University of Denver alumni, Drew Shore has scored 20 points in 67 games with the Panthers over two seasons.

Sami Vatanen
Sami Vatanen has emerged as a solid offensive defenceman with the Anaheim Ducks.  He won an Olympic bronze medal with Finland in 2014.

Antoine Roussel
A native of France, Antoine Roussel lived in the country until he was 16.  He's one of only 8 people born in France to make it to the NHL. He was an undrafted free agent who had played in the minor leagues for the Bruins and Canucks before emerging as a solid NHLer with the Stars.  In 2013/2014 he played 81 games and scored 29 points along with 209 penalty minutes.  It lead to a four year NHL contract signed this summer.

Alex Killorn
A Harvard University alumni, Alex Killorn has played 120 NHL games over two seasons with Tampa Bay.

Austin Watson
Austin Watson was drafted 18th overall by the Predators in 2010 after winning the 2009 Memorial Cup as a member of the Windsor Spitfires.  He scored 1 goal in 6 NHL games with the 2012/2013 Nashville Predators.

Mark Arcobello
An undrafted Yale University alumni, Mark Arcobello earned a full time NHL job with the 2013/2014 Edmonton Oilers.  Notice the spelling mistake on the card by Panini, Markv Arcobello.

Philippe Cornet
Philippe Cornet recorded 1 assist in 2 career NHL games with the 2011/2012 Edmonton Oilers.

Brian Flynn
Flynn was an undrafted free agent signing who spent his junior years at the University of Maine.  He's played over 100 NHL games with the Sabres since making his debut with the 2012/13 team.

Greg Pateryn
A University of Michigan alumni, Greg Pateryn was originally drafted by the Maple Leafs but was acquired by Montreal in the Mikhail Grabovski trade.  The defenceman played 3 games for the Habs in 2012/2013.

Howie Menard
Between 1962 and 1970 Howie Menard played 150+ games in the NHL. He saw time with the Red Wings, Kings, Blackhawks and Oakland Seals.

Ric Nattress
Between 1982 and 1993 defenceman Ric Nattress played well over 500 games in the NHL.  He saw time with the Canadiens, Blues, Flames, Leafs and Flyers.  Nattress is most notable for being a member of the 1989 Stanley Cup champion Calgary Flames.

Steve Graves
Between 1983 and 1988 Steve Graves played 35 games with the Edmonton Oilers, scoring 5 goals and 9 points. He never dressed in enough games to qualify for getting his name on the Stanley Cup.

Ryan O'Byrne
Between 2007 and 2013 Defenceman Ryan O'Byrne played over 300 games in the NHL.  He was a member of the Canadiens, Avalanche and Maple Leafs.

Dave Liffiton
Defenceman Dave Liffiton played 3 games for the New York Rangers between 2006 and 2007.  After a couple years in the AHL and a tour of Sweden Liffiton returned to the NHL to play 4 games with the 2010/2011 Colorado Avalanche.


Autographs #49 and #50 of this post fall outside of my main NHL player collection.

John Perpich
From 1990 to 1994 John Perpich was an NHL assistant coach with the Washington Capitals.  He then moved to Los Angeles and served as their assistant coach from 1994 to 1996. Since 1999 he's been a scout for the Atlanta Thrashers and later Winnipeg Jets.

Bob Brown
A Boston University alumni who was originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1970, Bob Brown played 80 games in the WHA over two seasons. He saw time with the Philadelphia Blazers, New York Raiders/Golden Blades and Jersey Knights. 

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