Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mail: Olmstead, Stevens & Gilmour

I have 25 new autographs to show in this post. The grand total is now 4,073 unique NHL signatures.

Bert Olmstead
In the 14 seasons Bert Olmstead played in the NHL his team reached the Stanley Cup finals an increadible 11 times. He was on the winning side 5 times. After his playing career was over he became a head coach and general manager with the newly minted Oakland Seals. Olmstead was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985. 

Scott Stevens
Over 22 seasons in the NHL Scott Stevens was named to 14 NHL All-Star teams, won the Stanley Cup 3 times, won the 2000 Conn Smythe Trophy and in 2007 was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. For someone who spent so much time in the league he doesn't have many certified autographs on the market. 

Doug Gilmour
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011, Doug Gilmour was captain of both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks during his illustrious career. He won a Stanley Cup in 1989, was a 2 time NHL All-Star and claimed the 1993 Frank J. Selke Trophy. 

Kevin Dineen
Kevin Dineen played well over 1000 games in the NHL between 1984 and 2002. The two time NHL All-Star spent time as captain the Philadelphia Flyers and Hartford Whalers / Carolina Hurricanes. He was recently head coach of the Florida Panthers and is currently an assistant with the Blackhawks. In 2014 he coached the Canadian women to an Olympic gold media. His father, Bill, and brothers, Peter and Gord, have also played in the NHL.

Dale McCourt
The Detroit Red Wings drafted Dale McCourt with the 1st overall pick of the 1977 NHL draft. He was a junior sensation who was named the 1977 CHL Player of the Year and a year before that had captained his team to the Memorial Cup championship. He played well over 500 games in the NHL between the Red Wings, Sabres and Maple Leafs. This is is first certified autograph card. 

Jason Krog
Since this happens to be Jason Krog's only certified autograph card, it was on my want list for a long time. Between 1999 and 2009 he played over 200 NHL games. Krog played for the Islanders, Mighty Ducks, Thrashers, Rangers and Canucks. He's notable for winning the 1999 Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA's most valuable player. 

Jason Spezza
The Senators drafted Jason Spezza 2nd overall in 2001.  He was a point per game player through nearly 700 regular season games with Ottawa before being dealt to the Dallas Stars. He is a two time NHL All-Star. 

Mark Scheifele
Mark Scheifele was selected 7th overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 2011. He nearly made the team as an 18 year old and played 7 regular season games for the 11/12 Jets before returning to junior. As the Jets' top prospect his autograph was selling very well. After a couple of years in the NHL his value has fallen and I was able to land this for just a few dollars. 

Chris Kreider
The Rangers selected Chris Kreider in the 1st round of the 2009 draft, 19th overall. He joined the 2011/12 Rangers after his Boston College season had finished and played 18 playoff games before making his regular season debut the following season. 

Viktor Fasth
Viktor Fasth came to the NHL as a 30 year old free agent from Sweden in 2012. He has played almost 50 NHL games between the Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers. 

Cristopher Nilstorp
Swedish goalie Cristopher Nilstorp was signed by the Dallas Stars as a 28 year old free agent in 2012. He spent 2 years in North America, playing in 6 NHL games with the Stars. He backstopped the Texas Stars to the 2014 AHL Calder Cup championship. 

Derek Stepan
Derek Stepan has over 200 points in 5 seasons with the New York Rangers. He played on Team USA's 2014 men's Olympic hockey team.

Ryan Stanton
Defenseman Ryan Stanton is in his second season as a full time member of the Vancouver Canucks. Before being claimed off waivers by the Canucks, Stanton had played 1 NHL game with the 2012/2013 Chicago Blackhawks. On a side note, I really like these NHL INK cards. I already miss new Panini hockey cards.  

Brian Lashoff
The Detroit Red Wings signed Brian Lashoff as a free agent defenseman. He spent 5 seasons in the OHL then turned pro in 2011. He's played well over 100 NHL games with the Red Wings. 

Michael Grabner
The Vancouver Canucks drafted Michael Grabner with the 14th overall pick of the 2006 NHL draft. He only played 20 games with the Canucks before being dealt to the Florida Panthers in 2010. He was waived by Florida before ever playing for them and claimed by the Islanders. In his first season with New York, 2010/11, he scored 34 goals and 52 points. It established himself in the league and he has been a member of the Islanders ever since. He was chosen to represented Austria at the 2014 winter Olympics.

Matt Konan
In 2012 the Philadelphia Flyers signed free agent defenseman Matt Konan to a 3 year entry-level contract. He had played 5 seasons in the WHL with the Medicine Hat Tigers. Konan appeared in 2 NHL games with the 2012/2013 Flyers. 

Jamie Tardif
Defenseman Jamie Tardif was drafted by the Calgary Flames in 2003. He never signed with the team and spent many years in the AHL, mostly with the Red Wings' organization. He signed with the Bruins in 2011 and went on to play 2 NHL games with the club, both during the 2012/2013 season. He currently plays pro hockey in Germany. 

Tye McGinn
Tye McGinn spent a couple seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers. In the summer of 2013 was traded to the Sharks and has been a full time member of the 2014/15 team. Brother Jamie plays for the Colorado Avalanche. 

Matt Tennyson
Free agent Matt Tennyson signed with San Jose after 3 years at Western Michigan University. He played 4 NHL games with the 2012/2013 San Jose Sharks. 

Oliver Lauridsen
Defenseman Oliver Lauridsen played 15 games with the 2012/2013 Philadelphia Flyers, scoring 2 goals and 3 points. He has represented Denmark at the Ice Hockey World Championships. 

Robb Gordon
Robb Gordon played 4 NHL games with the 1998/1999 Vancouver Canucks. He won a gold medal at the 1996 World Juniors with Canada. 

Jim Paek
Jim Paek was born in Seoul, Korea but raised in Canada. He won the Stanley Cup twice with the Pittsburgh Penguins, 1991 and 1992. 

Philippe Bozon
When Philippe Bozon suited up for the 1991/1992 St. Louis Blue he became the first NHLer born and trained in France. Since then only 3 other French players have made the league. Bozon played 144 regular season games with the Blues, scoring 16 goals and 41 points. 

Brian Glynn
Between 1987 and 1997 Brian Glynn played well over 400 games in the NHL between the Flames, North Stars, Oilers, Senators, Canucks and Whalers. He played 9 regular season games with the 1989 Flames, not enough to get his name on the Stanley Cup. In 1994 he was a member of the Canucks' squad that reached the Cup finals. 

Curt Giles
Curt Giles spent a couple seasons as captain of the North Stars. In 1992 he left the NHL to participate in the Olympics and helped Canada win a silver medal. Between 1979 and 1993 he played nearly 1000 regular season+playoff games in the NHL. He played with the North Stars, Rangers and Blues.


Edward Pasquale
Ed Pasquale dressed in 11 NHL games with the 2012/2013 Winnipeg Jets as a backup goalie. He recently signed with the Washington Capitals. 

Kurtis Mucha
Kurtis Mucha was signed on an emergency basis March 4, 2014 by the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers had just trade Bryzgalov and a new backup wasn't able to make the game that night. At the time Mucha was playing with the University of Alberta. Full story here.

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