Sunday, April 12, 2015

Mail - Collection 60% Complete

30 new signatures brings the grand total of unique NHL autographs to 4,309. Most of the autographs are from TTM requests. The only two cards from ebay are the two female signatures at the end of the post.

From 1917/18 to 2013/14 there have been a grand total of 7,134 people to play in an official NHL game. I've been able to acquire 4,294 autographs. That puts me just over 60% of everyone who has ever played in the NHL. I doubt I'll ever be able to get 100% due to the rarity of some of the early player signatures but at 23 I have a lot of time left to find the other 40%. Finding autographs for new players is easy but it will take many years to find some signatures of long deceased players from many generations ago.

Larry Courville
From 1995 to 1998 Larry Courville played 33 NHL games with the Vancouver Canucks. He's spent the last seven years as head coach of the ECHL's Reading Royals. 

Mike Crowley
Between 1997 and 2001 Mike Crowley played 67 NHL games with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. 

Dave Roche
Between 1995 and 2002 Dave Roche played 171 games in the NHL. He played with the Penguins, Flames and Islanders.

Ian Herbers
Ian Herbers played 22 NHL games with the 1993/94 Edmonton Oilers, 37 games with the 1999/00 Tampa Bay Lightning and 6 games with the 1999/00 New York Islanders. He's currently head coach of the University of Alberta's men's hockey team.  

Doug Crossman
Defenceman Doug Crossman played over 1000 regular season+playoff games in the NHL between 1980 and 1994. He spent time with the Blackhawks, Flyers, Kings, Islanders, Whalers, Red Wings, Lightning and Blues. 

Stu Kulak
Between 1982 and 1989 Stu Kulak played 90 regular season games in the NHL. He dressed with the Canucks, Oilers, Rangers and Jets. 

Dan McCarthy
Dan McCarthy scored 4 goals in just 5 career NHL games with the 1980/81 New York Rangers. It looks like he signed the card with a bad pen then signed again with a better one. 

John Johannson
A University of Wisconsin alumni, John Johannson played 5 games with the 1983/84 New Jersey Devils. 

Dave Pichette
From 1980 to 1988 Dave Pichette played 322 regular season games in the NHL. The defenceman dressed with the Nordiques, Blues, Devils and Rangers.

David Mackey
Between 1987 and 1994 David Mackey played 126 regular season games in the NHL. He spent time with the Blackhawks, North Stars and Blues.

Chris Taylor
Between 1994 and 2004 Chris Taylor played 149 regular season games in the NHL. He dressed with the Islanders, Bruins and Sabres. Since 2013 he's worked as an assistant coach with the AHL's Rochester Americans. His brother, Tim, had a long NHL career.

Neal Coulter
Between 1985 and 1988 Neal Coulter played 26 games with the New York Islanders. He scored 5 goals and 10 points. 

Jason Herter
Jason Herter was drafted 8th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in 1989. He only played one game in the NHL, with the 1995/96 New York Islanders.

Yves Bergeron
Yves Bergeron played 65 games with the WHA's 1972/73 Quebec Nordiques. He later played 3 games in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins. This request took almost three years to get back to me and I had marked it as a failure a long time ago.

Kevin Maxwell
Kevin Maxwell represented Canada at the 1980 Olympic games. He later played 66 regular season games in the NHL between 1980 and 1984. He played for the Minnesota North Stars, Colorado Rockies and New Jersey Devils. He's currently Director of Pro Scouting with the New York Rangers.

Gary Sargent
Gary Sargent was a star hockey, baseball and football player in his youth. He turned down 15 college football scholarships and an offer to sign with the MLB's Minnesota Twins in favour of a hockey career. From 1975 to 1983 Sargent played over 400 games in the NHL with the LA Kings and Minnesota North Stars. He was a star defenceman who had his career cut short by injuries. Sargent was named to the 1980 NHL All-Star team but injuries forced him to sit out. 

Tim Young
Between 1975 and 1985 Tim Young played well over 600 games in the NHL. He scored 20+ goals in a season five times and spent a season as captain of the North Stars. 

Eddie Johnstone
Between 1975 and 1987 Ed Johnstone played nearly 500 regular season+playoff games in the NHL. He spent most of his career with the Rangers but ended his career with the Red Wings. Johnstone represented the Rangers at the 1981 NHL All-Star game.

David Van Der Gulik
From 2008 to 2015 David Van Der Gulik played 49 games in the NHL. He's dressed with the Flames, Avalanche and Kings.

Stephane Robidas
I waited and waited for Stephane Robidas to get a well deserved certified autograph but to no avail. Its difficult to name any other modern day NHL All-Star who has played almost 1000 regular season+playoff games who doesn't have a certified autograph. Either Robidas has been overlooked or he doesn't like signing for card companies.

Kris Newbury
Since 2006 Kris Newbury has played 79 regular season+playoff games in the NHL. He's dressed with the Maple Leafs, Red Wings, Rangers and Flyers. He recently had his first certified autograph released with 2014/15 Upper Deck AHL. I'll be replacing this with one of those sometimes in the future.

Joey Mormina
Its too bad Mormina was using a dying marker as the autograph is a little light. Originally drafted by the Philly Flyers in 2002, Mormina spent four years at Colgate University. He played one game in the NHL with the 2007/2008 Carolina Hurricanes.

Earl Heiskala
Unfortunately the index card I had sent Heiskala featured a Flyers player that wasn't him. He signed a couple blank index cards and offered to sign another card if I sent him one. I just took of of the index cards he signed and made this one, which will do just fine for the collection. Heiskala played 99 regular season+playoff games with the Flyers between 1968 and 1971. He later spent two seasons in the WHA with the Los Angeles Sharks.

Carl Brewer
A trip home had me moving a few books around, between a some I found a couple old signed issues of the Hockey News. I knew I had them but forgot where they were. One was signed by Carl Brewer, the other by Ron Ellis. I have a certified Ellis autograph but I'm happy to add this Brewer to the collection. Defenceman Carl Brewer was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003. He won the Stanley Cup three times with the Maple Leafs and was named to four NHL All-Star teams. He played a big role in NHL history not only as a player but was instrumental in getting retired players $40 million in US pension money from Alan Eagleson and the NHL in the early 1990s. 

Derrik Pouliot
I have a binder full of junior autographs, mostly from Heroes & Prospects, Between the Pipes and old Classic releases. Six players from that binder recently made their NHL debuts. Defenceman Derrick Pouliot played 34 regular season games with the 2014/15 Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins had drafted Pouliot 8th overall in 2012. 

Stefan Noesen
The Ottawa Senators drafted Stefan Noesen in the first round, 21st overall, in the 2011 NHL draft. He was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in the Bobby Ryan trade. Noesen played one game with the 2014/15 Ducks.

Slater Koekkoek
Defenceman Slater Koekkoek was drafted 10th overall by the Lightning in 2012. He played three NHL games with the 2014/15 Tampa Bay Lightning. 

Keegan Lowe
Keegan Lowe played two games with the Carolina Hurricanes towards the end of the 2014/15 season. He didn't go unnoticed in his first NHL game, getting into two fights with Vinny Lecavalier. He's the son of former NHLer Kevin Lowe.

Matt Puempel
Matt Puempel scored 2 goals and 3 points in 13 games with the 2014/15 Ottawa Senators. He was a first round pick, 24th overall, by the Sens in 2011. 

Tyler Bunz
Tyler Bunz spent most of the 2014/15 season in the ECHL. A string of injuries found him in the NHL and he played one period in net with the Edmonton Oilers. Bunz was drafted 121st overall in the 2010 NHL draft by the Oilers.

Neil Smith
Neil Smith played a couple seasons of pro hockey but is best know as his role in the front office of NHL teams. In the late 1980s he was an assistant GM with the Detroit Red Wings. In 1989 he was hired as General Manager of the New York Rangers and managed the club to a 1994 Stanley Cup championship. He remained with the Rangers until 2000.

Gord Titcomb
Gord Titcomb played 2 games in the WHA with the Toronto Toros during the 1974/75 season. He was also drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs but signed with the Toros because he had a better chance of making their roster. 

Brianne Jenner
Brianne Jenner won an Olympic Gold medal with Canada at the 2014 Olympics. She plays college hockey with Cornell. 

Jocelyne Larocque
Jocelyne Larocque was also a member of the Team Canada's Gold medal winning 2014 Olympic team. She's an University of Minnesota Duluth alumni. 

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