Sunday, October 27, 2013

TTM: Bill Ranford

Sent: 10/12/13

Returned: 10/26/13 (4/4 cards signed)

Drafted By Boston Bruins 3rd round (52nd overall) 1985 NHL Entry Draft

Bill Ranford was a guy who had a pretty successful career in the National Hockey League of 18 years and most of them with Oilers where he won a Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe in 1990. The Con Smythe fact is shocking when that Oiler team had the likes of Mark Messier and Jari Kurri. But Ranford played for teams such as the Bruins (Twice), Capitals, Lightning, and Detroit Red Wings before finishing his career back in Edmonton. Now Ranford now works for the LA Kings as a their
Goaltending Coach.

Little known fact about Ranford is that he played Jim Craig for the Hockey scenes of the Movie "Miracle"

Monday, October 21, 2013

Blackhawks book and Blogging changes

First, If my blog is in your Blog Roll then you might change it, I changed it because it relates to hockey and will help viewers known that this is a Hockey Blog. Now on to the main post

As I made a post before I am trying to collect and get former Chicago Blackhawks to sign my 60 year book. The Blackhawks organization bring's some of their alumni to the games to sign this season and since my family has season tickets I usually get most of the autographs at every opportunity. Over this past 2 weeks I have received 3 autographs in the book totaling 5 total now.

First off was the Silver Jet, brother to Bobby "The golden Jet" Hull, who played from 1964 until 1978 and had a decent career putting up 654 Points (303 Goals, 351 Assits) which was pretty good but he was a little over shadowed when compared to both his brother Bobby and nephew Brett who are 2 Hall of Famers and had outstanding careers. Though Dennis did earn his spot on the 1972 Team Canada team that faced off against the Soviet Union in the Summit Series. Hull did pretty well then scoring 4 points (2 Goals, 2 Assists) in 4 Games played. 
Next on the book is Phil Russell, a man who has played a lot of games in his career. To have a long career in Professional hockey you have to be pretty good and Phil Russell definitely fit that type. Over his 1016 games he put up a total of 424 Points (99 Goals, 325 Assists) ,which is good for a defensman, but spending more time in the penalty box and totaling over  2,038 minutes in the sin bin.

Last Up is a guy to that played during the original six era with guys like Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita. Eric Nesterenko played from 1951 until he ended his NHL career in 1972. Nestrenko had a very long successful career netting 574 points (250 Goals, 324 Assists) in 1,219 games which included a Stanley Cup Championship in 1961, which was the last Chicago Cup before 2010 & 2013,

I'll probably make more posts every time I get 3-4 players so watch out for more this year.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Stan Mikita's Play To Win's & 10,000 views

First just want to thank all the readers and visitors to this blog for 10,000 views and not even 200 posts yet is amazing. For your reward you get a Stan Mikita story.

I met Stan Mikita last weekend at Chicago Blackhawks game on October 5th during the 1st intermission and it was a pretty cool encounter. The object I had in my was a book that he wrote called "I Play To Win" which is another book that I found last spring at a local rummage sale, same place I got my other book, just for only a dollar. It was a pretty good deal for it being a good story and a great piece of memorabilia to be signed by the author himself. Now on to the rest of the story,

The Blackhawks will normally bring in a former player and they will have them sign autographs for the whoever wants one and depending on the size of the line. I got really lucky with Mr. Mikita as I left my seat with about 8:00 to go in the 1st period and quickly ran downstairs to the other side of the United Center and was the 5th person in line which was sweet because maybe 2 minutes later about 50 people were behind me. Once it was my turn to get Stan's autograph I handed him my book to sign which he had an intriguing look at, checking out the cover and other parts of the book before signing it he had asked one of his helpers what year it was published (1969) which means it has some age to it. So I think the book gave him a small flashback and shock to see that a younger fan has one of his older books. He does have a more recent published book called "Forever a Blackhawk" which was published 2 years ago and it is another good read. But here is the famous Stan Mikita Autograph.

I have a few more items like 2 cards and 2 pictures for Stan but I am happy to get this signed since books are rarer for hockey players and have more value or cards and photos especially when signed. The fact that is book is in decent shape for it's age is pretty good too.