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Thursday, June 30, 2011

June 30-Helmut Balderis

For the month of June, I had 24/30 days where I had an autograph of someone who had a birthday on that date. To end of June, we have

Helmut Balderis

Selected in round 12 #238 overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft
by the Minnesota North Stars.

Helmut Balderis was an extraordinary stickhandler and a unique forward. He belonged neither to the Soviet school of hockey nor to his native Latvian, but rather was the result of a singular upbringing.
Balderis was the only player of his generation to play in the NHL, with the Minnesota North Stars. He played 26 games and scored 3 goals with 6 assists. He became the oldest ever player drafted by an NHL team (36) and the oldest player to score his first goal (37). In 1998, he was inducted into International Hockey Hall of Fame.

He signed my Panini sticker in blue ink TTM.

He also included this black sharpie signed post card.

Well, that's it for another month. Goodbye June, we hardly knew you.


  1. Dude, you got the Panini sticker signed! Awesome! I wonder if I can track him down and get one signed, too.

  2. The best player of all times and nations! In my view :-)