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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Today's IP success

While perusing the online version of The Hamilton Spectator last week, I discovered that the Erie Otters of the OHL were going to hold training camp in nearby Ancaster. Apparently, there home arena, the Erie Insurance Arena is under renovation. There had been some talk of the team moving to Hamilton so maybe they're testing the waters. Upon checking out the coaching staff, I discovered Robbie Ftorek is the head coach and Peter Sidorkiewicz is an assistant.
I read the following story after my hounding experience.  That may explain why he was on his cell phone after getting off  the team bus. Being away from family during these times is tough but he still has hockey.
So what did I get today. I already had all of his cards signed when he coached the New Haven Nighthawks in the AHL. 
82/83 OPC #223
A wire photo from my collection. It's a head shot to go with the story when he was fired by the Los Angeles Kings.

89/90 OPC #11
91/92 UD # 325


Wire photo from my collection. Now I had remembered seeing some of "Sid's " photos(that's the name on his jacket) and pulled out 5. (I also found the Ftorek which just happened to show up when I was looking through them). I gave Peter the others and got this one signed. He was looking at them with someone who I think was the trainer and got quite a chuckle.
My first IP in a while and pretty successful. Of course, I think I was the only one there for the inter-squad game besides the parents and sportswriters. I'm going to try and make it down before week's end. Maybe I can get a Connor McDavid auto.
If you haven't heard of him yet, it appears the whole hockey  world will in the future.

Monday, August 20, 2012

CHL News

The Canada Russia Challenge series was won by Canada in OT. After winning the first game, Canada lost the next two and needed to win game four in regulation time to tie the series. That they did and then took the series in overtime.

Now there is talk of a union for Canadian Hockey League players (WHL,OHL and QMJHL).
The group, which calls itself the Canadian Hockey League Players Association, intends to create better representation for major junior players regarding "their rights, education packages and compensation for their use in league branding as well as CHL and Hockey Canada events, particularly the world junior championships."
There seems to be conflicting information as some players and agents say they have heard nothing while some say there is a majority in favour. Just what we need, labour strife at another level in hockey.

# 49 Martin

Rick Martin died on March 13, 2011 of a heart attack while driving. Analysis revealed that Martin had stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease normally associated with enforcers; the damage was believed to stem from a severe concussion Martin sustained in 1977, but had no effect on his cognitive abilities. Martin is the first non-enforcer to have been diagnosed with the disease, which can only be diagnosed posthumously.

# 50 Martynyuk

He was inducted into the Russian and Soviet Hockey Hall of Fame in 1973.

# 51 Perreault

He is the original Buffalo Sabre because he was drafted first by the team in their inaugural season in the NHL.  He was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990

# 52 Petrov

He was the president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation in the mid 1990's.

# 53 Savard

Team Canada was 4-0-1 when Savard was in the starting lineup. He suffered a hairline fracture in his leg which forced him to sit out Canada's losses in games 4 and 5. He returned to the lineup for games 6, 7, and 8, all wins for Canada.

# 54 Shadrin

He was inducted into the Russian and Soviet Hockey Hall of Fame in 1971.

# 55 Da Da Kanada

 Da Da Canada , Nyet Nyet Soviet was the rallying Canadian audience cry of the 1972 summit series games

# 56 One Step Back

After game 6, won by Canada 3-2, the series was now at 3-2-1 in Russia's favour.

Two games to go.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

1923 V145-1 William Paterson Ltd # 25 Bert Corbeau

Hockey History

One of these hockey cards was included with each original “Paterson Hockey League Bar” sold by the Brantford, Ontario-based manufacturer during the 1923-24 NHL season. The set consists of 40 cards measuring 2” by 3-1/4”. Each card has a sepia tint with the player’s distinct likeness and his name, team, card number and “National Hockey League” printed in a larger border area at the bottom edge; card backs are blank.

1923-24 v145-1 bert corbeau number 25 rookie card

Paterson's hockey bar wrapper

On the back of the wrapper was the enticement.
"Every 'Paterson Hockey Bar' contains a handsome photograture of a famous Canadian National Hockey League star. For the complete set -- 40 different players -- we will send you prepaid a handsome pair of hockey skates. We will return the set of cards to you with the skates."

In order to avoid having to ship skates all over Canada, Paterson's made the card featuring Toronto St. Pat's defenseman Bert Corbeau a short print.

No, I did not find a cache of cards or even one like the Defiance, Ohio baseball card find. But I did find out a piece of history relating to this card that I never knew about.

The Paterson Stone

(every time I drove by, there was always a horseless carriage in front of the stone, so I couldn't get a great photo)

It is on display in front of the house at 85 Charlotte St., now home to the Montessori House of Children which dominates the corner of Charlotte and Chatham streets.
The stone is a carriage stone or step. It is in line with the home's front door, and was used as a stepping stone for those about to enter a horse-drawn carriage.
The residence at 85 Charlotte Street is associated with the Paterson family. William Paterson carried out a long and important career in government within the City of Brantford, beginning with his election to Town Council. He later became Mayor of Brantford and served as MP for South Brant. He retired after 39 years in the House of Commons and 15 years as the Minister of the Crown.
Paterson was a prominent businessman who, with partner Henry Leeming, opened the Leeming and Paterson Bakery and Confectionery. The company grew into the William Paterson Co. and was later taken over by George Weston Ltd. Funny how things like this turn up. When I read the story of this stone,  I knew of this hockey card release. Did some investigating and found out the connection.
History in my own "backyard".

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Birthday Time

So, I recently celebrated one of  those "milestone" birthdays. My wife had a couple of the lady friends make this cake for the party. Had about thirty five family and friends over. The weather cooperated so we had people inside and outside.

In lieu of gifts, we requested a funny card and a donation to the Brantford SPCA or charity of their choice. Of course, what's a birthday without cards (of the sports variety). Received some UD hockey series1 & 2 blasters and rack packs. The best card was a Cody Hodgson Young Guns canvas card. But lots of fun opening packs.

Also, the son-in-law moved back to Ontario from B.C. and gave me some cards from his childhood. 175 OPC basball 1979, 27 OPC WHA hockey 1974/75, 8 OPC WHA hockey 1975/76 and 3 OPC baseball 1980. Nice little haul here.
From one of my artist friends, he made me this mixed media 8 x 10 picture. He said he took the image off an old program.

Right away I said it's Syl Apps.

As he was a Paris born player, this was a no brainer.

And last but not least, I received this item.

 First the story.
My wife is mentoring a young student
She works at McDonald's and one of the frequent guests is none other than W. Gretzky (Walter that is). There is always a commotion whenever he comes in, so she learned who he was. She had waited on him a few times and she was one of his favourites. He said she looked like a young woman he went out with when he was 20. One day, he asked her if she wanted any hockey related items and she said no. Apparently Walter carries around posters, keychains, cards and the like. He then asked her if she knew anyone who liked hockey and surprise of surprises, somehow she thought of me. She told him I had a lot of cards and a room full of hockey memorabilia. He said that he had some photos autographed by Wayne. He asked for my name and wifes name. He already knew hers from her name tag. He came back a few days later with the following.

Now Walter wrote in the inscription as the writing is a bit different and the sharpie's colours are a little different. Now she also received one and the two Wayne's signatures appear different so I believe they are authentic. A nice and unexpected gift. As they say, it's the thought that counts and this one sure did.

Now Walter is in again and she tells him I'm going to feature this in a blog. So he gives her his cell phone number and says I can give him a call. I phoned him and thanked him for his largesse. He was actually on his way out as I could hear his company, he told them to go out and wait for him as he would be a few minutes. I didn't want to hold him up so I again thanked him and asked if I could call back another time. Yes means I will. This is one of the good things that have happened to me recently. More in an upcoming post.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Team Canada continuation

The 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge now tied at a game apiece and moving to Halifax for games on Monday and Tuesday.

And now the next installment of 72 Team Canada  card set.

Victor Kuzkin

Kuzkin won three gold medals in hockey at the Winter Olympics, winning them from 1964 to 1972.
He died in 2008 after suffering a heart attack while diving in Sochi, Russia, site of the next Winter Olympics.

Vladimir Lutchenko
He was inducted into the Russian and Soviet Hockey Hall of Fame in 1970.


Boris Mikhailov
Mikhailov played right wing on the top Soviet line of the 1970s, along with left winger Valeri Kharlamov and center Vladimir Petrov. Mikhailov was one of the very few to receive the finest order of the Soviet Union, the Order of Lenin


Grace under Pressure

During the ceremony before game 5 in Moscow, Phil Esposito falls on the ice,(slipping on a flower petal) breaking a lot of the pre-game tension

Afraid to lose
Fear wins out.
Ready to win
Soviets win and their confidence is high.
Vladimir Vikulov
He was inducted into the Russian and Soviet Hockey Hall of Fame in 1967.
#48 Red Berenson The Red Baron   Altogether, in 17 NHL seasons, Berenson recorded 261 goals and 397 assists in 987 games. Let the games continue.

Friday, August 10, 2012

No joy in Mudville

or in Brantford. We had to put our dog down yesterday. After almost 14 years, the time had come.

Brodie in Port Elgin

Brodie, our corgi.

Joins his brother Jean-Luc
(taken a few summers ago at our cottage)

The boys at rest.

Here's barking at you.

Friday, August 3, 2012



The Canada-Russia Challenge is the first step in identifying players for Canada’s National Junior Team for the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held from Dec. 26, 2012 to Jan. 5, 2013 in Ufa, Russia. It will pay tribute to the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series.

So now we return to the continuation of this set.


All even
Now at 1-1-1


Yuri Blinov

"Against the Canadians our players had to play over their heads, otherwise they were over-matched. Some did not play to their potential. One was Yuri Blinov."


Jocelyn Guevremont

The Vancouver Canucks selected Guevremont third overall behind none other than hockey legends Guy Lafleur and Marcel Dionne.


Vic Hadfield

Hadfield now owns the Vic Hadfield Driving Range and instructional centre in Oakville.


Yuri Lebedev

 He scored a hat trick against the Netherlands during the 1980 Winter Olympic games


Vyacheslav Starshinov/Yevgeny Poladiev

Starshinov was inducted into the Russian and Soviet Hockey Hall of Fame in 1963 and the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2007.

 "Some of our players looked out of place with the Canadian professionals. Paladiev was one of them and that is why he didn't see much action in the series."



Alan Eagleson honestly admitted "We stunk the joint out."
A crowd of 15,570 Vancouver fans echoed the rest of Canada's sentiments as they routinely booed Team Canada. At the conclusion of the game, Team Canada was booed right off the ice.


Address to the Nation
Phil Esposito's famous emotional outburst on national television.
"To the people across Canada, we tried, we gave it our best, and to the people that boo us, geez, I'm really, all of us guys are really disheartened and we're disillusioned, and we're disappointed at some of the people. We cannot believe the bad press we've got, the booing we've gotten in our own buildings. If the Russians boo their players, the fans... Russians boo their players... Some of the Canadian fans—I'm not saying all of them, some of them booed us, then I'll come back and I'll apologize to each one of the Canadians, but I don't think they will. I'm really, really... I'm really disappointed. I am completely disappointed. I cannot believe it. Some of our guys are really, really down in the dumps, we know, we're trying like hell. I mean, we're doing the best we can, and they got a good team, and let's face facts. But it doesn't mean that we're not giving it our 150%, because we certainly are.

I mean, the more - everyone of us guys, 35 guys that came out and played for Team Canada. We did it because we love our country, and not for any other reason, no other reason. They can throw the money, uh, for the pension fund out the window. They can throw anything they want out the window. We came because we love Canada. And even though we play in the United States, and we earn money in the United States, Canada is still our home, and that's the only reason we come. And I don't think it's fair that we should be booed

Now on to Russia behind the proverbial eight ball.