July turned out to be a dry month for TTM returns but a great month for vintage autographs. I had the pleasure of dealing with another collector to get a number of difficult to find autographs of decased players. On top of that, I was also able to find a couple deceased player autographs in a nice little auction win.
A total of 27 new NHL player autographs were added this month to raise the grand total to 6,186 unique players autographs for 81% of everyone to ever play in the league.
Goalie Ray Frederick played 5 games in the NHL with the 1954/55 Chicago Blackhawks. He passed away in 2001.
From 1935 to 1948 Phil Watson played nearly 600 games in the NHL. He won the Stanley Cup win 1940 with the Rangers and 1944 with the Canadiens. He later spent time as head coach of the Rangers and Boston Bruins. Watson passed away in 1991.
From 1937 to 1946 defenseman Muzz Patrick played 166 games in the NHL with the New York Rangers. He is a member of the famous Patrick hockey family, his father, Lester, and his brother, Lynn, are both in the Hall of Fame. Muzz also spent time as Head Coach and General Manager of the New York Rangers.
Alfred "Red" Carr
Red Carr recorded 1 point in 5 career NHL games with the 1943/44 Toronto Maple Leafs. Red passed away in 1990. He son, Gene, also played in the NHL.
Doug Adam played 4 NHL games with the 1949/50 New York Rangers. He passed away in 2001.
Dick Bouchard played 1 NHL game with the 1954/55 New York Rangers. Bouchard passed away in 1996.
From 1935 to 1946 Mud Bruneteau played over 400 games in the NHL. He helped the Detroit Red Wings win the Stanley Cup in 1936, 1937 and 1943. He was Detroit captain for the 1943/44 NHL season. Ed passed away in 1982.
Brother of Mud, Ed Bruneteau played over 200 regular season+playoff games in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings during the 1940s.
Goalie Lorne Anderson backstopped the 1951/52 New York Rangers in 3 NHL games. He was the goalie who let in Bill Mosienko's NHL record 21 second hat trick. Anderson passed away in 1984.
From 1940 to 1943, Clarence "Dick" Behling played 4 NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings. Behling passed way in 1994.
From 1942 to 1944 George Boothman scored 17 goals and 36 points in 58 NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He passed away in 2003.
Gerry Brisson played 4 NHL games with the 1962/63 Montreal Canadiens, recording 2 points.
Scotty Cameron spent 1 season in the NHL, playing 35 games with the 1942/43 New York Rangers. He passed away in 1993.
Forward Garry Blaine played 1 NHL game with the 1954/55 Montreal Canadiens. He passed away in 1998.
Norm "Red" Armstrong played 7 games in the NHL with the 1962/63 Toronto Maple Leafs. He spent a number of seasons in the AHL, retiring in 1973. In 1974, he died in a construction accident. He was only 35.
From 1968 to 1971 Bob Blackburn played 135 games in the NHL. He suited up for the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins. He passed away a couple years ago.
Barry Ashbee won the Stanley Cup twice with the Philadelphia Flyers, once as a player and then once as a an assistant coach. He passed away from leukemia in 1977 at just 37.
Defenseman Pete Backor scored 4 goals and 9 points in 36 NHL games with the 1944/45 Toronto Maple Leafs. He spent a decade in the AHL, winning the Calder Cup in 1952 with the Pittsburgh Hornets. He passed away in 1988.
From 1972 to 1978 Jerry Byers played 45 games in the NHL. He was a member of the Minnesota North Stars, Atlanta Flames and New York Rangers. Byers passed away in 2006.
A longtime pro hockey player, Alain Caron spent time in the NHL and WHA. In the NHL, he played for the Montreal Canadiens and Oakland Seals. In the WHA, he played for the Quebec Nordiques and Michigan Stags.
Bob Sabourin played 1 NHL game with the 1951/52 Toronto Maple Leafs. He spent nearly two decades playing pro hockey around North America.
In the early 1980s, Archie Henderson played 23 games in the NHL. He dressed for the Washington Capitals, Minnesota North Stars and Hartford Whalers. He's been a long time NHL Pro Scout, working for the Capitals, Senators and currently the Red Wings.
Doug Rombough played 150 NHL games during the 1970s, suiting up for the Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders and Minnesota North Stars. Rombough passed away in 2015.
Czech defenseman Milan Chalupa played 14 NHL games with the 1984/85 Detroit Red Wings. It was his only season of hockey in North America. He has 2 Olympic Silver medals, from 1976 and 1984.
Connor Hellebuyck has spent four seasons in the NHL and was an All-Star in 2018. Internationally, he's represented the United States at the World Championships in 2015 and 2017, bringing home bronze in 2015.
An undrafted University of North Dakota alumni, Carter Rowney made his NHL debut with the 2016/17 Pittsburgh Penguins and went on to win the Stanley Cup as a rookie. He's played 3 seasons in the NHL, two with Pittsburgh and one with Anaheim.
Blake Coleman has played three seasons in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils. He has a bronze medal as a member of USA's 2018 World Championship team.
Todd Ford played a few seasons of professional hockey, mostly bouncing around between the AHL and ECHL. He was briefly recalled to the NHL and dressed as a backup goalie twice with the 2010/11 Washington Capitals. He goes in the NHL "backups only" collection.
From 1974 to 1976 John Sheridan scored 18 goals and 31 points in 69 WHA games with the Indianapolis Racers. This goes into the WHA collection.
Gary Green has been a long time NHL commentator and I remember him well growing up, he was one of my favorite commentators and I watched the NHL Network because of him. In the early 1980s Green was an NHL head coach with the Washington Capitals. At 26, he holds the distinction of being the youngest NHL head coach ever. This goes into the NHL coaches/GMs collection.
A member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, Paul Coppo represented the USA at the 1964 Olympics. He scored 3 goals and 7 points in 8 games at the '64 Olympics. Coppo also represented America at the World Championships in 1962, 1965 and 1969.
Brad Watson was a long time NHL referee who officiated over 1000 NHL games. He officiated 8 Stanley Cup finals
NHL referee Brian Pochmara has officiated well over 800 NHL games. He has also worked in the NHL All-Star game and playoffs.
Rob Schick officiated well over 1,250 NHL games during his career. He refereed the Stanley Cup finals in 2001.
This custom Derek Holland and the next three cards go into my unique baseball/hockey collection. The next three are scanned along with the cards that mention hockey, which are displayed with the autographs.
"Played four years of high school hockey."
"Played hockey in high school."
"Bill was a star hockey payer for his club in high school."