Tuesday, April 4, 2017

38 New Autographs, Mostly TTM

A good deal of TTM returns this past couple of weeks. My return percentage remains dismal this year but I've been diligently filling the mailbox so its nice to have some returns to show for that. I had one envelope returned with the contents missing and a big slice down the side along with a few return to senders. On the bright side, a couple returns contained great letters, which I absolutely love to receive. I've accumulated hundreds of amazing stories from former players that I plan on sharing someday in a book.

These autographs come from mostly from TTM returns with the AHL certified autographs from a cheap ebay win and the vintage postcards from this site, which belongs to a prominent ebay auctioneer, capsports2000, who often lists killer vintage hockey items. I found some nice deceased signed postcards for reasonable prices many months ago. I had my wants saved but figured it was time to bite before one of them got sold or listed on ebay, where they may have ended up selling for more than what I paid.

In total 26 New NHL player autographs raises the grand total to 5,307 for 71% of everyone who's ever played in the league. The other 12 hockey autographs go into my 'other' collections.

Chris Wagner
Drafted in 2010 by Anaheim, Chris Wagner made his NHL debut with the Ducks in 2014/15. He's since played nearly 100 NHL games with Anaheim, scoring 8 goals. 
Wager is the reason I bought these AHL signatures, all coming from the same seller. I wanted this specific card because its Wagner's only certified autograph and these AHL signatures aren't tremendously common. When I had this auction won (and knowing the seller combined shipping) I threw opening bids at others I could use and ended up winning a few more signatures on the cheap. 

Gustav Olofsson
Defenseman Gustav Olofsson made his NHL debut with the 2015/16 Minnesota Wild and has since played 15 games with the club. Internationally, he won a Silver medal at the 2014 World Junior Championships with Sweden. He was drafted in the second round by the Wild in 2013.

Trevor Carrick
Defenseman Trevor Carrick played 2 games with the 2015/16 Carolina Hurricanes. His brother, Sam, has also played in the NHL.

Scott Kosmachuk
Scott Kosmachuk recorded 3 points in 8 NHL games with the 2015/16 Winnipeg Jets. The Guelph Storm alumni had been drafted 70th overall by the Jets in 2012. 

Brendan Woods
Brendan Woods played 2 games with the 2014/15 Carolina Hurricanes and 5 games with the 2015/16 Hurricanes. He recorded no points in 7 NHL games but did drop the gloves in a fight with NHL veteran Chris Neil. A University of Wisconsin product, Woods had been drafted by Carolina in 2012.

Tyler Gaudet
Tyler Gaudet made his NHL debut with the 2015/16 Coyotes and has since played 20 NHL games with the club. Gaudet had signed with the Coyotes as an undrafted free agent.

Matt Pettinger
From 2000 to 2010 Matt Pettinger played 422 games in the NHL. He spent most of that time with the Washington Capitals but also dressed with the Vancouver Canucks and Tampa Bay Lightning. Internationally, he won a Silver, 1999,  and Bronze, 2000, at World Junior Championships. He was also a member of team Canada's 2006 World Championship squad, placing 4th. 

Kyosti Karjalainen
Swede Kyosti Karjalainen recorded 1 goal and 9 points in 28 career NHL games as Wayne Gretzky's teammate with the 1991/92 LA Kings. He also played 3 playoff games for the Kings that season. He spent most of his career in Europe.

Alfie Turcotte
From 1983 to 1991 Alfie Turcotte scored 17 goals and 46 points in 116 regular season NHL games. He played with Montreal, Winnipeg and Washington. He played 2 games for the 1985/86 Habs but wasn't a member of the Stanley Cup winning team. Internationally, Turcotte represented the US at the 1984 World Juniors and 1986 World Championships.

Larry Landon
Larry Landon played 2 NHL games with the 1983/84 Montreal Canadiens and later another 7 NHL games with the 1984/85 Toronto Maple Leafs. He recorded 0 points and 2 penalty minutes through his brief 9 game NHL career. Landon is perhaps most notable for being traded from the Habs to Toronto in exchange for defenseman Gaston Gingras. While Landon only played a handful of games with the Leafs, Gingras helped the Habs win the 1986 Stanley Cup. 

David Maley
David Maley is most notable for being a member of the 1986 Stanley Cup winning Montreal Canadiens, his first season of pro hockey. From 1986 to 1994 he played over 500 regular season+playoff games in the NHL, dressing with the Habs, Devils, Oilers, Sharks and Islanders. 

Gord Lane
From 1975 to 1985 Gord Lane played 540 games in the NHL between the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders. The steady defenceman is one of the lesser known characters of the great Islanders dynasty, even though he was instrumental on their blueline. Lane won the Stanley Cup in 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983 with the Islanders.

Gerry Minor
From 1979 to 1984 Gerry Minor played 140 regular season games in the NHL, scoring 11 goals and 32 points. He helped the Canucks reach the 1982 Stanley Cup finals.

Ted Tucker
Goalie Ted Tucker appeared in 5 NHL games with the 1973/74 California Golden Seals when they experienced a series of goaltending issues. He had previously been property of the Montreal Canadiens and Atlanta Flames.

John Flesch
From 1974 to 1980 John Flesch scored 18 goals and 41 points in 124 career NHL games. He played with the Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Rockies.

Dwight Schofield
From 1976 to 1988 defenseman Dwight Schofield played over 200 games in the NHL. Known as a tough customer who racked up over 600 penalty minutes, many fights, in the NHL. He was a member of the Red Wings, Canadiens, Blues, Capitals, Penguins and Jets.

Mike McDougal
From 1978 to 1983 Mike McDougal played 61 NHL games between the New York Rangers and Hartford Whalers, scoring 8 goals and 18 points. Internationally, he represented the USA at the 1977 and 1978 World Junior Championships. 

Carl Mokosak
From 1981 to 1989 Carl Mokosak scored 11 goals and 26 points in 83 career NHL games. Mokosak dressed with the Calgary Flames, LA Kings, Philly Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins.

Duane Wylie
Between 1974 and 1977 Duane Wylie scored 3 goals and 6 points in 14 career NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks. Wylie had been drafted by the New York Rangers in 1970 but was never offered a contract by the club.

Paul Evans
From 1976 to 1978 Paul Evans played 11 games in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs, scoring 1 goal and 2 points.

Bobby Crawford
There have been two Bob Crawfords to play in the NHL. Known as "Bobby," this one played 16 career games in the league between 1980 and 1983. Crawford spent time with the Colorado Rockies and Detroit Red Wings. 

Cary Coalter
Gary Coalter played 4 games with the 1973/74 California Golden Seals and 30 with the 1974/75 Kansas City Scouts. He scored 2 goals and 6 points in his 34 game NHL career. Coalter sent me a great note back. It was a refreshing read and he thanked me for only asking for 1 signature and for telling him why and wanted it and what I did with them.

Bernie MacNeil
Bernie MacNeil played 4 NHL games with the 1973/74 St. Louis Blues. He also played 2 seasons in the WHA, dressing for the 1972/73 LA Sharks and 1975/76 Cincinnati Stingers. MacNeil was originally drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 1970 but never signed with the team.

Jerry (Gerry) Melnyk
Jerry Melnyk made his NHL debut in the playoffs with the 1955/56 Detroit Red Wings. He went on to play over 300 regular season+playoff games in the NHL. He played for the Red Wings, Blackhawks and Blues.  Melnyk played in the Stanley Cup finals 5 times but was never able to be on the winning side. He later became a long time scout with the Philadelphia Flyers. Melnyk passed away in 2001.

Bob Turner
From 1955 to 1963 Bob Turner played well over 500 regular season+playoff games in the NHL. The defenseman was a member of both the Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks. With Montreal Turner won the Stanley Cup in 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959 and 1960. Turner passed away in 2005.

Jean Gauthier
Its a little difficult to see the signature in the scan, but its towards the bottom of the photo and its much clearer in person. From 1960 to 1970 Jean Gauthier played 166 regular season games in the NHL as a member of the Habs, Flyers and Bruins. He's most notable for winning the Stanley Cup in 1965 with Montreal. He also spent a season in the WHA, playing with the 1972/73 New York Raiders. Gauthier passed away in 2013.


I end the mail post as usual, with the 'other' hockey autographs. Here we have 1 for the NHL "backup only" binder, 3 for the WHA only binder, 2 for the NHL General Manager binder, 4 for the NHL Head Coach binder and 1 for the NHL Assistant Coach binder. The NHL executives here are all guys who never appeared in the league as players, for which most GMs and coaches have and thus go into my main collection.

Brett Leonhardt
Brett Leonhardt played goalie in college and later got a job working in the Capitals office. This job gave him the opportunity to dress in two NHL games as Washington's emergency goalie. He dressed as an NHL backup goalie in 2008 and 2013. 

Ray Clearwater
From 1972 to 1977 defenseman Ray Clearwater played over 200 games in the WHA. He spent the majority of that time with the Cleveland Crusaders but also dressed for the Minnesota Fighting Saints.

Mike Stevens
Defenseman Mike Stevens played 70 games in the WHA with the 1974/75 Phoenix Roadrunners and another 4 with the 1975/76 Houston Aeros. I love the inscription and Stevens wrote me back a wonderful little note.

Pierre Guite
Pierre Guite was drafted 26th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in 1972 but the Quebec native opted to sign with his hometown and newly created Nordiques of the WHA. From 1972 to 1979 Guite played 400 regular season+playoff games in the WHA, dressing with the Nordiques, Blades, Stingers and Oilers. His son, Ben, played in the NHL.

Martin Madden Sr.
From 1988 to 1990 Martin Madden Sr. was the General Manager of the Quebec Nordiques. He's been involved his hockey his entire life and has his name on the Stanley Cup from his role as a scout with the 1994 New York Rangers. He's currently working as a scout with the Anaheim Ducks. His son, Martin Madden jr., is current Director of Scouting for the Ducks. 

Doug Armstrong
Doug Armstrong has been General Manager of the St. Louis Blues since 2010. From 2002 to 2007 he was GM of the Dallas Stars and in 1999 he won the Stanley Cup as assistant GM with the Stars. Internationally, he's helped put together Canada's 2010 and 2014 Gold medal winning teams.

Willie Desjardins
Willie Desjardins' coaching career began in the WHL with the Saskatoon Blades and Medicine Hat Tigers. He won 2 league championships as bench boss in Medicine Hat and in 2010 was promoted to NHL associate coach with the Dallas Stars. In 2014 he lead the Texas Stars to a Calder Cup Championship, earning him another promotion. Since 2014 Desjardins has been head coach of the Vancouver Canucks. 

Mike Johnston
Not to be confused with the former NHL player by the same name, Mike Johnston was head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2014 to 2016, being fired half way through the 2015/16 season. He had previously served as an associate coach with both the Vancouver Canucks and LA Kings.

Steve Stirling
A former pro hockey player and long time college coach, Steve Stirling was head coach of the New York Islanders during the 2003/04 and 2005/06 seasons. His only stint in the NHL was as a head coach.

John Torchetti
John Torchetti is currently an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings. Interestingly, Torchetti has been head coach of 3 NHL teams; Florida, LA and Minnesota, but all on an interim basis. He's also served as an assistant coach with the Blackhawks and Thrashers. 

Pascal Vincent
From 2011 to 2016 Pascal Vincent was an assistant coach with the Winnipeg Jets. Since then he's been serving as head coach of Winnipeg's AHL franchise, the Manitoba Moose. The Quebec native spent over a decade as a head coach in the QMJHL before moving to the big leagues.

Blaine Forsythe
Blaine Forsythe is in his eight season as an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals. Before entering the NHL, he was a manager and coach with the WHL's Calgary Hitmen. 
The original index I made experienced some heavy water damage but fortunately, the signature wasn't affected.

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