Saturday, December 25, 2010

Sidney Crosby

I bought this picture on eBay 3 years ago when it was really cheap.

Drafted by Pittsburgh Penguins 1st overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft

Sidney Crosby is a steller athlete him and Alex Ovechkin are the best hockey players in the NHL.
I can't wait to watch Crosby take on Ovechkin on New Years day at Heinz Field for the 2011 Winter Classic

Tim Thomas

I got this pictured signed last summer at the USA Olympic practice in Woodridge, Illinois

Drafted by Quebec Nordiques round 9 #217 overall 1994 NHL Entry Draft

Thomas has had a solid career with the Bruins and has been to a few All-Star games and won a silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He backed up Ryan Miller for the Olympics and saw action in one of the games against Finland.

Corey Crawford

Drafted by Chicago Blackhawks round 2 #52 overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft

This is first full year with the Hawks he has played games since 2007 but have been back and fourth between the Blackhawks and their minor league team the Rockford IceHogs. The surprise of the year is what I would have to call Crawford.

The Blackhawks signed goaltender Marty Turco over the summer to take the starting position after the Hawks let go Antti Niemi.
Corey Crawford has been waiting awhile after losing the Blackhawks back up job to Antti Niemi in 2009 which Niemi later beat out Cristobal Huet for the starting spot.

Jack Skille

Got this picture signed at one of the Chicago Blackhawks practices

Drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks round 1 #7 overall 2005 NHL Entry Draft
This is Skille's first full year with the Blackhawks.

Marty Turco

I got these 2 cards signed by Marty at a Blackhawks practice at Johnny's Ice House

Drafted by Dallas Stars round 5 #124 overall 1994 NHL Entry Draft
Marty has had a pretty solid career with the Stars and in the summer the Dallas had enough with him that they sent him to free agency where the Chicago Blackhawks picked him up after they could not afford to pay the salary of their Stanley Cup goaltender Antti Niemi.

Patrick Lalime

I got this card signed at Dave & Buster's in 2007 back when Lalime was with the Chicago Blackhawks

Drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins round 6 #156 overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft

Lalime has had a pretty solid career with all his teams. He is currenttly backing up Ryan Miller in Buffalo.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Jassen Cullimore

Drafted by Vancouver Canucks in the 2nd round going 29th overall in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft

Jassen Cullimore was on the 2004 Stanley Cup winning Tampa Bay Lightning. After the 2005 lockout he was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Blackhawks for 2 seasons until the Florida Panthers picked him up in 2007.

Culimore is currently back with the Chicago Blackhawks

Jim Dowd

I got this card signed by Dowd in Tampa Bay when the Philadelphia Flyers were playing the Tampa Bay Lightning. I was in Tampa to see the Wisconsin Badgers take Tennessee volunteers in the 2008 Outback Bowl.

Drafted by New Jersey Devils in the 8th and went 149th overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft.

I saw Jim Dowd play a few games with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2005-2006 season which he play 60 games for them and then was traded to the Colorado Avalanche to finish the season.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Dennis Hull

I got this signed by Dennis Hull over the summer at the Chicago Blackhawks Convention.

Dennis Hull is the known as the Silver Jet because he is the younger brother hockey great Bobby Hull whose nickname was the Golden Jet because he had the hardest and most feared slapshots in the game.

Ian Gordon

I bought this card at a card store in Chicago for a dollar. I thought it was cool since I like goalies and it was a cheap autograph.

Ian Gordon is a German hockey goalie who currently plays for ERC Ingolstadt of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. After spells in the American Hockey League and the International Hockey League, Gordon moved to Germany in 2000 when he signed with the Schwenningen Wild Wings; after three seasons he transferred to the Frankfurt Lions in 2003, won the German title with the Lions in his first season in Frankfurt and remain with the team until 2010 when the Lions folded due to financial difficulties. Gordon then signed with Ingolstadt

Mark Fitzpatrick

Drafted by Los Angeles Kings round 2 #27 overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft
I saw Fitzpatrick play once when he was with the CHicago Blackhawks.

A cool story about Mark Fitzpatrick is that he was diagnosed with a rare blood disease called eosinophilia myalgia syndrome (EMS) which is a high increase in blood that weakens muscle.

SI Article:

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Jocelyn Thibault

Thibault is one of my favorite goalies. I got this card signed at a Dave & Busters event in Chicago in 2003 when he was with the Blackhawks.

Drafted by the Quebec Nordiques 10th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.
The Quebec Nordiques moved to Denver, Colorado and became the Colorado Avalanche after the 1994-1995 season. Thibault stayed with the Avalanche midway through their first season until he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for future Hall of Fame Goalie Patrick Roy.

Last Season he was the goalie coach of the Colorado Avalanche

Sergei Samsonov

Drafted by Boston Bruins 8th overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft

I got this card signed at a Chicago Dave & Buster's in 2007 when Samsonov was with the Blackhawks

Friday, December 3, 2010

Milan Michalek

Drafted by San Jose Sharks #6 overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft

Michalek's autograph is on a sticker that is applied to the card after it is signed. Their called sticker-graphs (Sticker Autographs)

Olaf Kolzig

Kolzig's autograph is on a sticker that is applied to the card after it is signed. Their called sticker-graphs (Sticker Autographs)

Olaf Kolzig was drafted by Washington Capitals round 1 #19 overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft and stayed with them until 2008 when he went to the Tampa Bay Lightning. After a year with the Lightning Kolzig decided to hang up his skates and call it quitts and Retire.

2 cool stories about Kolzig are

he was the first South African-born player to be drafted to the NHL

He helped found Altheletes Against Autism

I like Kolzig because he'sn a goalie and his nickname "Ollie the Goalie"

A cool video comparing Kolzig's reaction with cat like reflexes

Oleg Kvasha

I don't know much about Oleg Kvasha. I looked him up and found some info on his hockey career.

Kvasha was drafted in the third round, 65th overall, by the Florida Panthers in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. On June 24, 2000, he was dealt by the Panthers to the New York Islanders with winger Mark Parrish for goaltender Roberto Luongo and center Olli Jokinen. After playing with the Islanders for five seasons, Kvasha was traded along with a conditional fifth round draft pick to the Phoenix Coyotes for a third round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft on March 9, 2006.

Part of the 2000 controversial trade that sent star goaltender Roberto Luongo to the FLorida Panthers. Something the Islanders should never had done because he had a really good career with the Florida Panthers and then Luongo was sent to the Vancouver Canucks were he is have an amazing career. Roberto could be a Hall of Famer after he retires.

Andy Sutton

Pulled this card out of a pack of 1998-99 Be a Player.

Sutton was signed as a free agent by the San Jose Sharks on March 20, 1998. Sutton made his NHL debut with the Sharks in the 1998–99 season and played in 71 games in his two seasons with San Jose before moving to the Minnesota Wild in the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft.
Sutton played parts of two seasons with the Wild before he was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers for Hnat Domenichelli on January 22, 2002. Sutton played over four and a half years with the Thrashers, appearing in 273 games and established himself as an imposing physical defender at the NHL level. In the 2005–06 season, Sutton registered a career high 8 goals and 25 points.
Sutton became an unrestricted free agent after the 2006-07 season and signed a three-year contract with the New York Islanders on August 10, 2007[3]. In the 2008–09 season, his second year with the Islanders, Sutton played in only 23 games before a broken foot sidelined him for the remainder of the season[4].
Sutton returned for the 2009–10 season, scoring 4 goals in 54 games with the Islanders before being traded to the Ottawa Senators for a second round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft on March 2, 2010. TV commentator Don Cherry called it the "biggest" trade of the year in reference to Sutton's size and physical play[5][6].
On August 2, 2010, Sutton signed as a free agent to a two-year, $8.25 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks