Its been a rather busy couple of months with a move and I'm now trying to enjoy some of the beautiful Prince Edward Island summer here in Charlottetown. Its always healthy to take a little break from one's hobby anyway, especially when you've been at it consistently for well over a decade. A few TTM autographs trickled in along with a few purchases.
University of Maine alumni Prestin Ryan was signed by the Canucks as an undrafted free agent. He's a 'one game wonder' who played in a single NHL game with the 2005/06 Canucks. He later spent a few years in Europe before retiring in 2013.
From 1995 to 1999 Derek Wilkinson played in 22 NHL games with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He's worked with the Charlotte Checkers since 2002. There are very few living goalies left who's autograph I need so this is a very notable addition. I'd tried Wiklinson c/o the Checkers a few times before finally getting a return.
From 1983 to 1986 Tom O'Regan scored 5 goals and 17 points in 61 career NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was signed as a free agent by the Penguins after 4 years at Boston University. He was team captain in his senior year. Internationally, O'Regan represented USA at the World Championships in 1989, 1990, 1995 and 1996. He brought home a bronze medal in '96. His son, Daniel, recently played in the NHL for the San Jose Sharks.
Joe Ward played 4 games in the NHL with the 1980/81 Colorado Rockies.
Ward wrote me a wonderful letter and included a couple items of his father, Don, who also played in the NHL as Joe had saw that I still needed Don's autograph. But, unfortunately, those he sent me were printed but I still very much appreciate the gesture, thanks Joe!
Defenseman Jim Walsh played 4 games in the NHL with the 1981/82 Buffalo Sabres. He was an undrafted product of Northeastern University.
Walsh answered my question and signed the two protective black index cards but for whatever reason he kept the custom index I had sent to be signed. I used one of the blank protective index cards to make this custom.
Silvio 'Sam' Bettio
Silvio Bettio played 1 season, 44 games, in the NHL with the 1949/50 Boston Bruins. He scored 9 goals and 21 points. He spent over a dozen years, mostly in the AHL, as a quality pro hockey player and reliable scorer. Bettio passed away in 2006.
Rick Adduono played 1 game in the NHL with the 1975/76 Boston Bruins and another 3 with the 1979/80 Atlanta Flames. He also played a season in the WHA, scoring 20 goals and 53 points in 80 games with the 1978/79 Birmingham Bulls. He's been coaching around North America and Europe since 1991.
From 2003 to 2010 Darren Haydar played 23 games in the NHL, scoring 1 goal and 8 points. He dressed with the Nashville Predators, Atlanta Thrashers and Colorado Avalanche. Haydar was named MVP of the AHL in 2007 when he scored 41 goals with the Chicago Wolves. He also won the AHL's Calder Cup in 2004 and 2008.
From 2000 to 2004 Brian Swanson played 70 games in the NHL, scoring 4 goals and 17 points. He spent most of that time with the Edmonton Oilers but also suited up with the Atlanta Thrashers. Internationally, he represented USA at the 1996 World Championships.
From 2007 to 2012 Colorado College alumni Colin Stuart played 56 games in the NHL, scoring 8 goals and 13 points. He played for the Atlanta Thrashers and Buffalo Sabres.
Niclas Wallin is one of just a handful of players to make their debut post 2000, play 600+ games in the NHL and never get a certified autograph. The Swedish defeceman was a long-time member of the Carolina Hurricanes and helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2006. Internationally, he represented Sweden at the 2008 World Championships.
From 2003 to 2009 Karl Stewart played 69 games in the NHL, scoring 2 goals and 6 points. He played for the Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning.
Undrafted German goalie Niklas Treutle spent 1 season in North America while under contract with the Arizona Coyotes. He appeared in 2 career NHL with the 2015/16 Coyotes and dressed as a backup in 6 more for 8 total NHL games dressed with Arizona.
German forward David Wolf spent 1 season in North America while under contract with the Calgary Flames organization. He spent most of the season in the AHL but did appear in 3 NHL games with the 2014/2015 Calgary Flames.