Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Month of Mail - July 2019

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.

                             Ray Frederick
Goalie Ray Frederick played 5 games in the NHL with the 1954/55 Chicago Blackhawks. He passed away in 2001.

                           Phil Watson
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.

                       Muzz Patrick
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
Doug Adam played 4 NHL games with the 1949/50 New York Rangers. He passed away in 2001.

                        Dick Bouchard
Dick Bouchard played 1 NHL game with the 1954/55 New York Rangers. Bouchard passed away in 1996. 

                         Mud Bruneteau
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.

                          Ed Bruneteau
Brother of Mud, Ed Bruneteau played over 200 regular season+playoff games in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings during the 1940s.

                        Lorne Anderson
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.

                          Dick Behling
From 1940 to 1943, Clarence "Dick" Behling played 4 NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings. Behling passed way in 1994.

                       George Boothman
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
Gerry Brisson played 4 NHL games with the 1962/63 Montreal Canadiens, recording 2 points.

                           Scotty Cameron
Scotty Cameron spent 1 season in the NHL, playing 35 games with the 1942/43 New York Rangers. He passed away in 1993.

                           Garry Blaine
Forward Garry Blaine played 1 NHL game with the 1954/55 Montreal Canadiens. He passed away in 1998. 

                       Red Armstrong
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.

                           Bob Blackburn
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
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.

                            Pete Backor
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.

                        Jerry Byers
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.

                              Alain Caron
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
Bob Sabourin played 1 NHL game with the 1951/52 Toronto Maple Leafs. He spent nearly two decades playing pro hockey around North America. 

                       Archie Henderson
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
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.

               Milan Chalupa
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
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.

                  Carter Rowney
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
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
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.

                          John Sheridan
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
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.

                         Paul Coppo
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
Brad Watson was a long time NHL referee who officiated over 1000 NHL games. He officiated 8 Stanley Cup finals

                         Brian Pochmara
NHL referee Brian Pochmara has officiated well over 800 NHL games. He has also worked in the NHL All-Star game and playoffs. 

                      Rob Shick
Rob Schick officiated well over 1,250 NHL games during his career. He refereed the Stanley Cup finals in 2001.

                              Derek Holland
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.

                            Chris Shaw
"Played four years of high school hockey."

                      Steve Wilson
"Played hockey in high school."

                      Bill Monbouquette
"Bill was a star hockey payer for his club in high school."

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Month of Mail - June 2019

This month, 37 new NHL autographs came in the mail. The overall total is now 6,159 unique NHL autographs for 81% of everyone to every play in the NHL since it was created in 1917/18.

As usual, this month was a mixed bag between TTM returns, trades and purchases. Special thanks to Bryan for helping me with Jeff Libby. A team signed AHL program from the early 1980s and a TTM return from a local hero were some of this month's collecting highlights.

                      Babe Pratt
Hockey Hall of Famer Babe Pratt won the Hart Trophy in 1944 as league MVP. He won the Stanley Cup in 1940 and 1945. Pratt passed away in 1988. The autograph didn't scan well but its very legible in hand.

                           Bud Poile
From 1942 to 1950 Bud Poile played over 300 NHL games. He played for the Maple Leafs, Blackhawks, Red Wings, Rangers and Bruins. Poile scored over 100 goals and 229 points in the NHL, winning the Stanley Cup in '47 with Toronto. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990. His son, David, is current GM of the Nashville Predators. 

                          Barclay Plager
Barclay and brothers Bob and Bill spent years playing for the St. Louis Blues. Barclay was captain of the Blues from 1972 to 1976, played in 4 NHL All-Star games and has his number retired by the team. He later spent time as head coach of the Blues but in 1988 he passed away at just 46 from a brain tumour. 

                          Sugar Jim Henry
From 1941 to 1955 "Sugar" Jim Henry played over 400 games in the NHL, dressing for the New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins.  He also took 3 seasons off from pro hockey to serve in World War II. Henry played in the 1952 NHL All-Star game. He passed away in 2004.

                          Doug Brindley
Doug Brindley played 3 games in the NHL with the 1970/71 Toronto Maple Leafs. He later played two seasons in the WHA with the Cleveland Crusaders. After retiring from hockey, he spent many years as a police officer and detective.

                           Steve Short
Defenseman Steve Short played 5 NHL games with the 1977/78 Los Angeles Kings and 1 NHL game with the 1978/79 Detroit Red Wings.

                        David Pulkkinen
Dave Pulkkinen played 2 games in the NHL with the 1972/73 New York Islanders.

                       Bernie Lukowich
From 1973 to 1975 Bernie Lukowich scored 13 goals and 28 points in 79 career NHL games between the Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues. He later played 21 games in the WHA over two seasons with the Calgary Cowboys. His son, Brad, also played in the NHL.

                          Rich Lemieux
Richard Lemieux spent a few seasons in the NHL and a season in the WHA. He played for the Vancouver Canucks, Kansas City Scouts, Atlanta Flames and Cleveland Crusaders. 

                          Sergei Priakin
From 1988 to 1991 Sergei Priakin played 46 games in the NHL with the Calgary Flames. He played a couple regular season and 1 playoff game for the Stanley Cup winning '89 Flames. It was enough to get him a Cup ring but not enough to get his name engraved on the trophy. Internationally, he represented the Soviet Union at the World Juniors, Canada Cup and World Championship. He won Gold at the 1990 World Championships and Silver in 1987.

                            Rob Tudor
From 1978 to 1983 Rob Tudor played 28 games in the NHL, dressing with the Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues. 

                           Warren Babe
From 1987 to 1991 Warren Babe played 21 games in the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars. He had been drafted 12th overall in 1986 and represented Canada at the 1988 World Juniors, winning a Gold medal.

                         Jeff Libby
Jeff Libby was undrafted and played at the University of Maine before turning pro. He played 1 game in the NHL with the 1997/98 New York Islanders. His hockey career ended abruptly in 1998, while playing in the AHL a brutal on-ice accident caused him to loose an eye.

                          Don Howse
Don Howse played 33 games in the NHL with the 1979/80 Los Angeles Kings. Howse was the last Newfoundland born NHL player autograph I had needed so I was thrilled to find this. 

                         Bernie Johnston
From 1979 to 1981 Bernie Johnston scored 12 goals and 36 points in 57 NHL games with the Hartford Whalers.

                           Mark Renaud
From 1979 to 1984 Mark Renaud played 152 games in the NHL between the Hartford Whalers and Buffalo Sabres.

                             Brian Hill
Brian Hill played 19 games in the NHL with the 1979/80 Hartford Whalers. He spent most of his pro hockey career in Austria, obtaining his citizenship and representing the country internationally. 

                        Rick Bourbonnais
From 1975 to 1978 Rick Bourbonnais played 71 games in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues. 

                          Gary Burns
During the early 1980s Gary Burns played 11 regular season and 5 playoff games in the NHL with the New York Rangers. He scored 2 goals and 4 points in the NHL with New York. Burns was originally drafted by the Maple Leafs in 1975 and spent 4 seasons at the University of New Hampshire.

                           Randy MacGregor
Randy MacGregor scored a goal and two points in 2 NHL games with the 1981/82 Hartford Whalers. 

                Sam St. Laurent
From 1985 to 1990 Sam St. Laurent played 34 games in the NHL between the New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings. He won a Silver medal as Canada's third string goalie at the 1992 Olympics.

                 Bryan Maxwell
In 1975, Bryan Maxwell was drafted 4th overall by the Minnesota North Stars in the NHL draft and 2nd overall by the Cleveland Crusaders in the WHA draft. 

                Francois Lacombe
Francois Lacombe played his first full season in the NHL with the 1968/69 Oakland Seals as a 20 year old rookie. The defenseman contributed 18 points in 72 NHL games. The next season he only played 2 NHL games with the Seals and then the following year 1 game with the Buffalo Sabres. He played in the minors until the WHA game him a new opportunity in 1972. He spent 7 seasons in the WHA, mostly with Quebec, and when the leagues merged, he returned to the NHL for a final season with the Nordiques in 1979/80.

                       Bob Plager
Defenseman Bob Plager broke into the NHL with the 1964/65 New York Rangers. He played a couple yeas in New York but was best know for his decade as a St. Louis Blue. He's one of three Plager brothers who played for the club. He was briefly head coach of the St. Louis Blues in 1992/93.

                 Jordan Martinook
Jordan Martinook just finished his fourth full season in the NHL. He's scored 41 goals and 90 points in the NHL between the Arizona Coyotes and Carolina Hurricanes. 

                  Michael Paliotta
A University of Vermont product, Michael Paliotta played 1 NHL game with the 2014/15 Chicago Blackhawks and 1 NHL game with the 2015/16 Columbus Blue Jackets.

                     Kevin Gravel
Defenseman Kevin Gravel has played over 100 games in the NHL between the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers. A St. Cloud State alumni, Gravel represented USA at the World Juniors in 2012.  In 2015, he won the Calder Cup with the AHL's Manchester Monarchs. 

                      Roman Lyubimov
Forward Roman Lyubimov spent 1 year in North America, playing 47 NHL games with the 2016/17 Philadelphia Flyers. Internationally, he won a bronze medal at the 2016 World Championships with Russia.

                     Patrick Holland
Patrick Holland was drafted by the Calgary Flames in 2010. While still playing junior in the WHL, he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens. Holland played 5 NHL games with the 2013/14 Canadiens. He retired from pro hockey in 2016 and went to study at the University of Victoria. He plays on the hockey team and I tried sending to him there multiple times but had no success.

                      Andrew Campbell
Defenseman Andrew Campbell has played 42 games in the NHL between the Los Angeles Kings, Arizona Coyotes and Toronto Maple Leafs.

                       Spencer Abbott
An undrafted University of Maine alumni, Spencer Abbott played 1 NHL game with the 2013/14 Toronto Maple Leafs and 1 NHL game with the 2016/17 Chicago Blackhawks.

                        Iiro Pakarinen
From 2014 to 2018 Iiro Pakarinen scored 10 goals and 23 points in 134 career NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers. In 2014, he won a Silver medal at the World Championships with Finland.  

                              Jordan Oesterle
Defenseman Jordan Oesterle has played over 150 NHL games between the Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks and Arizona Coyotes. Internationally, he represented the United States at the 2018 World Championships and brought home a bronze medal. 

               Andreas Englund
Defenseman Andreas Englund has played 9 NHL games with the Ottawa Senators since 2016. Internationally, he represented Sweden at the World Junior Championships in 2015 and 2016.

                              Ondrej Kase
One of the last players selected in the 2014 NHL draft, Ondrej Kase has become a solid NHL player with the Anaheim Ducks. He scored 11 goals and 20 points in 30 games with the 2018/19 Ducks before an injury ended his season. Internationally, he represented Czech Republic at the World Junior Championships in 2014 and 2015.

                            Rasmus Andersson
Swedish defenseman Rasmus Andersson made his NHL debut with the 2016/17 Calgary Flames. He's since become a full time member of the club. His father, Peter, played in the NHL with the New York Rangers.

                          Austin Czarnik
Forward Austin Czarnik has played over 100 games in the NHL between the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames. Internationally, he represented USA at the World Junior Championships in 2012.


                           Alf Handrahan
Alf Handrahan was a tough hockey player who played 14 games in the WHA with the 1977/78 Cincinnati Stingers. This is my favourite autograph of the post because Handrahan is from my neck of the woods, western Prince Edward Island. He moved to the States a long time ago so I'd never been able to locate him. Always great to add a local legend. 

                             Frank Turnbull
Goalie Frank Turnbull played 4 games in the WHA with the Edmonton Oilers. 
All of these 'WHA only' player autographs are added to this collection page

                            Peter McNamee
Peter McNamee signed in the WHA after attending the University of Pennsylvania. From 1973 to 1977 he played 175 games in the WHA, dressing for the Vancouver Blazers, Phoenix Roadrunners and San Diego Mariners.

                             Bob Leduc
Bob Leduc played 3 seasons in the WHA, playing for the Ottawa Nationals and Toronto Toros. He scored 47 goals and 113 points in 158 WHA games. In his final year in the WHA he served as player/head coach of the 1974/75 Toros.

                           Steve Warr
Defenseman Steve Warr played 1 full season in the WHA with the 1972/73 Ottawa Nationals. In 1974, he played 2 WHA playoff games with the Toronto Toros.

                              Hal Willis
From 1972 to 1974 Hal Willis played 92 games in the WHA between the New York Raiders and Los Angeles Sharks.

                             Paul Crowley
Paul Crowley played 4 games in the WHA with the 1975/76 Toronto Toros. He spent a numbers of years in the AHL but was never able to break into the NHL.

                         Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown won a Silver medal at the 1972 Olympics with team USA.

                           Tara Mounsey
Denfenseman Tara Mounsey won Gold in 1998 and Silver in 2002 with USA's national women's hockey team. This goes with my Women of Hockey autograph collection

                             Sue Merz
As a member of the US National female hockey team Sue Merz won Olympic gold in 1998 and silver in 2002.

                            Cindy Curley
Cindy Curley was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013. She was captain of the US national's women's team from 1989 to 1996. She won 3 Silver medals at the Women's World Championships with USA.

                       Jocelyne Lamoureux
Jocelyn Lamoureux has been a member of USA's national women's team since 2009. She won Gold at the Olympics in 2018 as well as Silver in 2010 and 2014.

                           Paul Devorski
Paul Devorski was an NHL official from 1987 to 2015. He refereed a number of Stanley Cup finals as well as the Olympics.

                          Wes McCauley
Referee Wes McCauley has officiated over 1000 NHL games and 6 Stanley Cup finals.

                          Jay Sharrers
NHL official Jay Sharrers worked over 1400 regular season NHL games from 1990 to 2017. He worked 7 Stanley Cup finals and the Winter Olympics. 

                        Gord Broseker
Gord Broseker was an NHL linesman from 1973 to 2002. He worked over 2000 total NHL games which includes 5 Stanley Cup finals.

                                   Levi Robinson
The card notes that Robinson "also played on the hockey team." It goes into my unique baseball/hockey autograph collection.