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Sunday, August 31, 2014

This Day in NHL History 2001 Aug 31/The total so far/Derek Jeter

August 31

Dallas Stars signed free agent Pat Verbeek, who had been with the Detroit Red Wings.

84/85 OPC # 121 RC

Obtained blue ink sig TTM.

5 months in

April 22/22
May 31/31
June 30/30
July 30/31
Aug 30/31

Another month down in this continuing series. An autographed card from my collection to highlight a happening in NHL history. 144/146 so far since I started. September looms as training camps will be starting up.

And today I'm going to a baseball game with my daughters.  But not just any old game. Your Toronto Blue Jays vs the New York Yankees. Derek Jeter's last game in Toronto. Also happening in Toronto, Fan Expo (The Two  Captains scheduled for today--Patrick Stewart and William Shatner) And what is Toronto without the annual CNE. It's going to be busy in Toronto . Go Jays Go. Let's hope we're Happ(y) after the game.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1979 Aug 30

August 30

Montreal obtained Denis Herron and a future 2nd round pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins, inexchange for right winger Pat Hughes and Robbie Holland.

82/83 OPC # 109

Obtained blue ink sig IP.

Friday, August 29, 2014

This Day in NHL History 2003 Aug 29

August 29

Pittsburgh Penguins signed free agent left wing Reid Simpson, who had been with the Nashville Predators, and free agent defenseman Drake Berehowsky, who had been with the Phoenix Coyotes.

93/94 UD # 20

Obtained blue sharpie auto IP.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1989 Aug 28

August 28

Veteran Lanny McDonald announced his retirement after 16 years in the NHL.

79/80 OPC # 153

Obtained blue ink sig IP.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1974 Aug 27

August 27

Detroit obtained 1969 Calder Trophy winner Danny Grant from the Minnesota North Stars, in exchange for Henry Boucha.

74/75 OPC # 38

Obtained black sharpie auto TTM.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1998 Aug 26

August 26

Mike Gartner (the 5th highest goal scorer in NHL history) retired after 19 seasons in the league. Gartner scored 708 goals, 627 assists and 1,335 career points, the 18th most in NHL history at the time of his retirement.

80/81 OPC #195 RC

Obtained black sharpie auto IP.

Monday, August 25, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1977 Aug 25

August 25

Hockey Hall of Fame inducted it's newest members: Alex Delvecchio, Tim Horton, and builders Harold Ballard, Joseph Cattarinch, and John "Bunny" Ahearne.

1983 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Fire Set

Obtained TTM. I never noticed until now that it was signed on the back also. And I've had this for over 20 years.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1972 Aug 24

August 24

Hockey Hall of Fame inducted it's newest members: Gordie Howe, Jean Beliveau, Bernie Geoffrion, Hap Holmes, Reg "Hooley" Smith and builder Weston Adams. Howe would return to the NHL in 1979-80 to play one final season.

94/95 Zellers Masters of Hockey #4 postcard

Obtained black sharpie auto IP.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1976 Aug 23

August 23
Minnesota North Stars traded goaltender Cesare Maniago to Vancouver, in exchange for Gary Smith.

70/71 OPC # 173

Received blue ink sig TTM.

Friday, August 22, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1975 Aug 22

August 22

Detroit obtained goaltender Peter McDuffe and Glen Burdon from the Kansas City Scouts, in exchange for goaltender Bill McKenzie and Gary Bergman.

75/76 OPC # 256
Card even has the trade line added with today's day.

Obtained black sharpie TTM.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1984 Aug 21

August 21

Toronto signed Rocky Saganiuk as a free agent.

Maple Leafs postcard

Obtained blue ink sig IP.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1982 Aug 20

August 20

Don Lever was named as the New Jersey Devils' first Team Captain.

84/85 OPC #112

Obtained blue ink sig IP.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1994 Aug 19

Late posting todays segment. Rogers service was down. No phone, no TV and no internet connection. One bonus was a short work day. Since I work from home, I need internet. Couldn't go into the office as someone had to be here to talk to the service guys. They're doing some road construction about a kilometer away. Cut the trunk line and there were outages here and there in the area. Problem fixed. End result--me working about 2 1/2 hrs today

So, without further ado, 

August 19

Montreal Canadiens traded veteran Guy Carbonneau to the St. Louis Blues, in exchange for Jim Montgomery.

84/85 OPC #257

Obtained blue ink sig IP.

Monday, August 18, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1986 Aug 18

August 18

Toronto obtained Mike Allison from the NY Rangers, in exchange for Walt Poddubny.

87/88 Leaf P.L.A.Y. card # 18

Obtained black sharpie sig IP.

Another item from the Flashback column in the local paper.

50 years ago 1964
The Big Chief of hockey, George Armstrong, captain of Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team, was presented with a lacrosse stick at the Ohsweken Community Hall by Norman Thomas on behalf of the Six Nations elected council. Mr. Armstrong's visit was part of a tour of reserves across Ontario, sponsored by the Ontario department of lands and forests.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

IP Success Aug 17

Despite my problems in not attending Hockey Night in Brantford and not getting some autographs, I did manage to have success yesterday.
As any of my followers that do hound know, you have to keep your ears and eyes open for those opportunities. On Friday, I saw this ad in The Hamilton Spectator.

  Now Hamilton is a short distance away (44 km/27 miles). My mother in Hamilton has been a long time subscriber to the paper and each year at Christmas, they allow you to name someone to receive a free one year subscription. So, along with the local paper, I can see whats happening elsewhere (hello Hamilton Bulldogs). This innocuous little ad at the bottom of the sports section did catch my attention. An appearance by Cam Talbot, NYR backup goalie at ON ICE Goaltending School.

I did a quick search and didn't find any cards of his that I had. It was time for my old friend Google to help me. Found some images and printed up some 4 x 6 's to get signed. I got there a little later than 11:00 and went to the room where he was. It appears he gave a clinic in the morning and the participants and their parents were talking to him and asking questions. Some were tips regarding on-ice  play (see how I worked the name in here) and some off-ice questions. A few things I learned about him.

He grew up a Montreal Canadiens and Patrick Roy fan.
His wife is from Dallas but they have bought a home in this area.
He started playing organized hockey around the age of 7 and didn't become a full time goaltender until the age of 10. 

There was around 15-20 people there, parents and kids. Some of them already had mini-sticks, pictures and jerseys/hats signed. After about an hour, the crowd dwindled down and I got these signed.

He was kind of impressed that I made these up. He had also brought with him his pads, gloves and the Stadium Series mask that I had printed up. He was great with the kids , even trying to coax the shy ones to ask questions. Awesome time and I was glad to snag some signatures for my ever growing collection.  Wonder when the next chance will appear.

This Day in NHL History 1992 Aug 17

August 17

New York Islanders named Don Maloney as their new General Manager, replacing Bill Torrey.

84/85 OPC #147

Obtained blue sharpie auto IP.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1979 Aug 16

August 16

St. Louis Blues signed Joe Mullen as a free agent after his college career at Boston College. Mullen went on to become the highest scoring U.S. born player in NHL history.

84/85 OPC # 188

Received blue sharpie sig TTM.

Friday, August 15, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1984 Aug 15

August 15

Chicago signed goaltender Darren Pang as a free agent.


Received blue ink sig TTM.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1952 Aug 14 UPDATE

August 14

Chicago purchased Fred Glover and Enio Sclisizzi from Detroit.

Received this J.D. McCarthy postcard along with a handwritten letter.  I asked him the question on why he was called Jim Enio instead of Enio Sclisizzi. He answered back in the letter. I've got to find that and will post later


Here is the letter that I received. Finally found it.

Hockey Night in Brantford

Last night was.the third annual edition of this event. I was hoping to post some autograph successes here this morning. Due to unforeseen circumstances (hello work related issues), I was not able to attend. They did raise over $100000.00 for the United Way. Hopefully I can attend next years event.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1987 Aug 13

August 13

Boston signed free agent goalie Rejean Lemelin and center Bill O'Dwyer.

Boston Bruins player postcard

Received this black sharpie? auto TTM.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1981 Aug 12

August 12

Serge Savard announced his retirement after his great NHL career with Montreal and the Winnipeg Jets.

76/77 OPC # 205
Received this blue ink sig TTM.

Monday, August 11, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1978 Aug 11

August 11

St. Louis Blues signed Steve Durbano as a free agent.

74/75 OPC # 106

Obtained blue ink sig TTM.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Saturday, August 9, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1983 Aug 9

August 09

Detroit signed veteran defenseman Brad Park as a free agent.

Received blue sharpie auto TTM.

Friday, August 8, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1984 Aug 8

August 08

Vancouver traded Tiger Williams to Detroit in exchange for left wing Rob McClanahan.

76/77 OPC # 37 RC

Obtained blue sharpie sig IP.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

This Day in NHL History Aug 7

I don't have any cards to post today. So early in the month. Outlook not looking bright.


 ramble on, and now's the time, the time is now, to sing my song

My predictions for the Stanley Cup visits in this area were accurate.

Nelson Emerson  John Stevens  Rob Blake  Jake Muzzin  Brandon Nolan

These were just some of the places within an hour of where I live. I was away on holidays during these time frame. Lot of autograph opportunities missed.  Well, if the Kings can win again in the next few years, maybe a repeat tour through this area. 

Fingers crossed buddy icon

And now, to update this years Hockey Night in Brantford game.

I missed the first year of this event but made it to last years. You can read my adventures here.
This year doesn't have as many former NHL'ers but it's all for the United Way, so I can't complain. 

Any maybe, just maybe Alan Thicke will bring his wife

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1997 Aug 6 Switched at birth

August 06
 Deja vu??

The Nashville expansion team (scheduled to begin play in 14 months) named Barry Trotz as their first head coach, and Paul Gardner as his assistant.

I wanted to try and do this so I wouldn't duplicate any autographed cards. Not from an earlier entry or from my birthday project post of a couple of years ago. I had this item scanned ready to use and got my order mixed up.

July 17, 1989

Bob Gainey retired after 16 seasons with Montreal, to become player/coach of the Epinal Squirrels, a Division Two team in France. He left third all time in Canadiens' games played (1,160).

84/85 OPC #261

Obtained blue ink sig IP.

Now,if I would have been smart (yeah, that'll happen), this would have been posted on July 17th in place of the Paul Gardner photo.

So, as the master of my domain, I make the call to enter this switch and keep my streak going. I don't hear anybody opposing, so motion carries. (And hopefully check things out in the future beforehand)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1996 Aug 5

August 05

San Jose Sharks signed free agent Bernie Nicholls, who had spent the previous season with Chicago.

84/85 OPC #88

Obtained blue ink sig IP.

Monday, August 4, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1988 Aug 4

August 04 

The Maple Leafs signed free agent Doug Shedden.

Signed CIC 

Received blue ink sig TTM.

My ghetto CIC done back in the 80's. A real cut and paste job for sure.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1979 Aug 3

August 03

Detroit obtained center Peter Mahovlich from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for left wing Nick Libett.

76/77 OPC # 171

Obtained blue ink sig TTM.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1983 Aug 2

August 02

Detroit Red Wings signed Bob Manno as a free agent.

84/85 OPC #59

Obtained black sharpie sig IP.

Friday, August 1, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1994 Aug 1

August 01

Detroit Red Wings signed veteran Mike Krushelnyski to a contract.

84/85 OPC #49

Obtained blue sharpie auto IP.

Another month starts. How will I do? Follow me daily to see what transpires.