Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mail - The Flying Father

The chase continues with 15 new NHL player autographs in the mail since the last post. That brings the grand total to 5,593 autographs for 75% of everyone who has every played in the NHL.

Thanks to Kingsley and Jerry for trades. The only purchase here was Les Costello. The signature comes from an old Flying Fathers program that I won for a steal.
Another notable addition in this post is Kay Whitemore's autograph. I've sent half a dozen TTM requests to him over the years but a trade finally landed me his signature. I say its notable because he's one of the last living goalies I was missing.

                                Les Costello
   From 1948 to 1950 Les Costello played 15 regular season and 6 playoff games in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was a star junior player who won the Memorial Cup twice with the St. Michael's Majors. Costello scored 2 goals and 4 points in 5 playoff games with the 1948 Maple Leafs as they claimed the Stanley Cup. Costello got his named engraved on hockey's holy grail. He retired from hockey in 1950 to become a priest. As a priest he founded the Flyer Fathers hockey team, a famous group of priests who traveled around playing local teams for charity. Costello passed away in 2002.

                            Andrey Pedan
   Andrey Pedan was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 NHL draft by the New York Islanders. The defenseman was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in 2014 and made his NHL debut with the 2015/16 Canucks. Pedan played 13 games in the NHL with the team that season. In 2017, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins but has yet to make it back to the NHL. 

                            Buddy Robinson
   From 2015 to 2017 Buddy Robinson scored 1 goal and 2 points in 7 career NHL games with the Ottawa Senators. He was originally signed by the Sens as an undrafted free agent from Lake Superior State University. In the summer of 2017 he signed a deal with the Winnipeg Jets but has yet to make it out of their AHL club. 

                               Viktor Loov
   Swedish defenseman Viktor Loov recorded 2 assists in 4 career NHL games with the 2015/16 Toronto Maple Leafs. He was later traded to and signed by the New Jersey Devils but has yet to play for the NHL club. 

                         Rene Chapdelaine
   From 1990 to 1993 defenseman Rene Chapdelaine played 32 games in the NHL with Wayne Gretzky's Los Angeles Kings. He joined the Kings after four years at Lake Superior State University. 

                                   Lude Check
   Lude Check played 1 game in the NHL with the 1943/44 Detroit Red Wings and 26 games with the 1944/45 Chicago Blackhawks. He scored 6 goals and 8 points in 27 career NHL games. Check passed away in 2009. 

                           Duane Rupp
   From 1962 to 1973 defenseman Duane Rupp played 374 regular season games in the NHL. He's best year was with the 1967/68 Toronto Maple Leafs when he was a staple on the team's blueline and participated in the NHL's 1968 NHL All-Star game. Rupp played for the Rangers, Leafs, North Stars and Penguins. From 1974 to 1976 he spent a couple seasons in the WHA, playing with the Vancouver Blazers and Calgary Cowboys. 

                   Greg Paslawski
   From 1983 to 1994 Greg Paslawski played 650 games in the NHL, dressing with the Canadiens, Blues, Jets, Sabres, Nordiques, Flyers and Flames. The well traveled Paslawski was a solid point producer, netting 187 goals and 372 points in the NHL. 

                   Kay Whitmore
   From 1988 to 2002 Kay Whitmore played 155 games in the NHL. He spent most of that time with the Hartford Whalers or Vancouver Canucks. He's notable for serving as Vancouver's backup goalie during their 1994 playoff run that saw them make it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals, loosing to the Rangers. After long stints in the minors and a year in Europe, Whitmore later returned to the NHL to play a handful of games between the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames. He was a well known hockey commentator after hanging up his skates and currently works for the NHL as the league's goaltending supervisor. 

                     Steve Vickers
   From 1972 to 1982 Steve Vickers scored 246 goals and 586 points in 698 regular season NHL games with the New York Rangers. Vickers is most notable for winning the NHL's 1972/73 Calder Trophy as rookie of the year. He was an NHL All-Star with the Rangers in 1975 and 1976. He scored a career high 41 goals with the 1974/75 Rangers, the only NHL team he played for. 

                       Ken Strong
   From 1982 to 1985 Ken Strong scored 2 goals and 4 points in 15 career NHL games, all with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1981 but acquired by the Leafs in the Darryl Sittler trade. 

                      Cam Plante
   Defenseman Cam Plante played 2 games in the NHL with the 1984/85 Toronto Maple Leafs. He continued to play pro hockey until 1998. His sons, Tyler and Alex Plante, both made it to the NHL. Alex played a handful of games with the Oilers and Tyler, a goalie, backup up 7 NHL games with the Florida Panthers. 

                       Val James
   Val James played 7 NHL games with the 1981/82 Buffalo Sabres and 4 games with the 1986/87 Toronto Maple Leafs. He released a book in 2015 that I'd very much like to pickup and read; Black Ice: The Val James Story. 

                             Willy Lindstrom
   From 1975 to 1979 Swedish forward Willy Lindstrom starred with the WHA's Winnipeg Jets, winning the Avco Cup in 1978 and 1979. He followed the Jets into the NHL and continued to put up points, scoring 32 goals for the 81/82 Jets. He was later traded to the Edmonton Oilers and helped them win the Stanley Cup in 1984 and 1985. Lindstrom then spent a couple seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins before retiring from the NHL in 1987. During his career he was a teammate of Bobby Hull, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. Lindstrom later scouted for the NHL's Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes and Phoenix Coyotes. Internationally, he took home a Bronze medal representing Sweden at the 1974 and 1975 World Championships. 

                             Dean Clark
   Forward Dean Clark played 1 game in the NHL. It came with the 1983/84 Edmonton Oilers, a team stacked with the likes of Wayne Gretzky and other future Hall of Famers who would go on to win the Stanley Cup that season. It was actually Clark's only game of pro hockey as he spent the remainder of the season in the WHL and later attended the University of Alberta.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Milestone Mail: All-Time NHL Player Collection at 75%

   I've managed to add 25 new NHL player autographs added since the last mail post. They come via TTM requests, trades and a couple small purchases. Shout out to fellow autograph collector Jerry for trading me some great autographed cards.
   The grand total of unique NHL player autographs now stands at 5,578 unique player signatures for 75% of everyone to ever play in the NHL. Its pretty neat to be able to say that I have an autograph of 3/4 people who have ever played in the league. When people chat with me about the collection, they generally start by asking if I have an autograph of their favorite player or players. My usual response is that unless they've been dead for decades, I most likely do have their signature. My wantlist now consists largely of deceased players and very obscure players.

This month, the blog's format has been deliberately changed for readability.

                          Derek Bekar
  From 1999 to 2004, Derek Bekar played 11 games in the NHL. He played for the '99/00 St. Louis Blues, '02/03 Los Angeles Kings and '03/04 New York Islanders. The University of New Hampshire alumni was held off the scoresheet but did record 6 penalty minutes in his short NHL career. 

                         Paul Thompson
   Paul Thompson played 3 NHL games with the 2015/16 New Jersey and another 21 NHL games with the 2016/17 Florida Panthers. Thompson is an undrafted University of New Hampshire alumni. He's currently under contract with the Vegas Golden Knights but has yet to play for the parent club. 

                           John Ramage
   Defenseman John Ramage played 1 NHL game with the 2014/15 Calgary Flames and 1 NHL game with the 2015/16 Columbus Blue Jackets. His father was long-time NHL player Rob Ramage. 
   Because I buy certified autographs of all the new players who get one, I follow the hockey card hobby very closely. John Ramage is an interesting case because he's one of just a few players since 2005/06 who have been overlooked for an NHL rookie card. He's the only NHL player from the past few years who hasn't gotten an official hockey card. There's no indication why he was overlooked. I did ask in my letter if he had any opinion on the situation, but no reply there. 

                              Tommy Cross
    Defenseman Tommy Cross was drafted 35th overall by the Boston Bruins in 2007. He spent four seasons at Boston College and a few more in the AHL before making his NHL debut with the 2015/16 Bruins. Cross has played 3 regular season and 1 playoff game in the NHL with the Bruins. 

                             Mike Matteuci
   Defenseman Mike Matteuci was signed by the Minnesota Wild as an undrafted Lake Superior State University alumni. He gained attention of NHL scouts as a feared enforcer in the IHL. Matteuci played 6 career NHL games with the Wild from 2000 to 2002. 

                              Doug Friedman
   Doug Friedman played 16 games in the NHL with the 1997/98 Edmonton Oilers and 2 games with the 1998/99 Nashville Predators. He recorded 1 assist and 34 penalty minutes in 18 career NHL games. The Boston University alumni was originally drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in 1991. 

                            Garret Stroshein
   Tough guy Garret Stroshein recorded 18 penalty minutes in 3 career NHL games with the 2003/04 Washington Capitals. He was an undrafted enforcer who fought his way up to the big leagues. He would have been an intimidating presence at 6.07' and 250 lbs. 

                              Matt DelGuidice
    In the early 1990s, Matt DelGuidice appeared in 11 NHL games with the Boston Bruins. In 1991, he trained with the US National pre-Olympic team as one of four goalies invited but didn't make the final cut. 

                              Bill Root
   From 1982 to 1988 Bill Root played 247 career regular season games in the NHL. He suited up with the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers. 

                              Bob Sullivan
   Bob Sullivan spent one season in the NHL. He scored 18 goals and 37 points in 62 career NHL games with the 1982/83 Hartford Whalers. He was the 1981/82 AHL rookie of the year when he scored a record setting 47 goals in 74 games. 

                     Don Head
   Don Head played one season in the NHL with the Boston Bruins, appearing in 38 games between the pipes with the 1961/62 team. He famously made the January, 1962 cover of Sports Illustrated. Head is also notable for helping Canada claim Silver at the 1960 Olympics in California. 

                 Ed Kryzanowski
   From 1948 to 1953 defenseman Ed Kryzanowski played 237 regular season games in the NHL. He was a member of the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks. Kryzanowski passed away in 2007. 

                  Curtis Murphy
   Curtis Murphy played 1 game in the NHL with the 2002/03 Minnesota Wild. He was signed by the Wild as an undrafted University of North Dakota alumni. He's notable for winning the AHL's Calder Cup in 2003 and 2004. Both of those seasons Murphy also took home the AHL's Eddie Shore Award as the league's best defenseman.

               George Pesut
   From 1974 to 1976 George Pesut played 92 games in the NHL with the California Seals. The defenseman also played 17 games in the WHA with the 1976/77 Calgary Cowboys. He spent the latter part of his career in Germany, playing professionally in the country until 1993. 

                      Tom Laidlaw
   From 1980 to 1990 defenseman Tom Laidlaw played 705 games in the NHL. He split his career between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings. 

                  Dick Redmond
   Dick Redmond was drafted 5th overall by the Minnesota North Stars in 1969. He made his NHL debut that year and went on to play a dozen seasons in the NHL, dressing in 771 regular season games. 

                      Don Kozak
   From 1972 to 1979 Don Kozak scored 96 goals and 182 points in 437 regular season NHL games. He spent most of his career with the Los Angeles Kings but ended his career with the Vancouver Canucks. Kozak went to the Memorial Cup two year in a row as a junior with the Edmonton Oil Kings. 

                 George Gardner
   From 1965 to 1972 George Gardner appeared in 66 NHL games. He played for the Detroit Red Wings and Vancouver Canucks. From 1972 to 1974 he spent two seasons in the WHA, playing 79 games between the Los Angeles Sharks and Vancouver Blazers. Gardner passed away in 2006. 

                      Darryl Sly
   From 1965 to 1971 defenseman Darryl Sly played 79 games in the NHL. He played for the Maple Leafs, North Stars and Canucks. He's best known for helping Canada bring home a silver medal at the 1960 Olympics. Sly passed away in 2007. 

                     Behn Wilson
   From 1978 to 1988 Behn Wilson played 601 games in the NHL. The defenseman was drafted 6th overall by the Flyers in 1978. Wilson was an above average player, accumulating 359 points and nearly 1500 penalty minutes from the blueline. He was an NHL All-Star in 1981. 

                    Dave Farrish
   From 1976 to 1984 Dave Farrish played 430 regular season games in the NHL. He suited up for the Rangers, Nordiques and Maple Leafs. In 1981/82, he was named the AHL's best defenseman. Farrish  returned to the NHL as an assistant coach with the Devils, Ducks, Maple Leafs and most recently the Avalanche. 

                     Barry Long
   From 1972 to 1974, defenseman Barry Long was a full time member of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings. In 1974, he jumped to the WHA and played nearly 400 games in the rival league with the Edmonton Oilers and later the Winnipeg Jets. When the WHA folded in 1979, Long went back to the NHL, joining the Detroit Red Wings. He returned to Winnipeg to finish off his NHL career with the Jets in 1981. 

                        Alan May
   From 1987 to 1995 tough guy Alan May accumulated over 1300 penalty minutes in 393 career NHL games. May played for the Bruins, Oilers, Capitals, Stars and Flames. He's currently a well known hockey analyst with NBC.

                              Pierre Hamel
   From 1974 to 1981 Pierre Hamel appeared in 69 NHL games. He played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets. 

                           Joakim Lindstrom
   Between 2005 and 2015 Swedish forward Joakim Lindstrom played in 150 NHL games. He went back and forth from North America to Europe a couple times but could never stick with an NHL team. He had stints with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Phoenix Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs. Internationally, he's represented Sweden at the World Championships in 2014 and 2015, bringing home a bronze medal in 2014. 
   I made the custom index with Lindstrom as a member of the Crunch because he was playing for the team when he signed the index, as noted on the back of it and because he only wore #37 with the Crunch. 


Ending the post, as usual, with some more hockey autographs that fall outside of the total NHL player collection.

                                Scott Meyer
   Goalie Scott Meyer appeared in the NHL in 1 official game as a backup goalie with the 2001/02 New York Rangers. He dressed as Dan Blackburn's backup. Meyer was an undrafted St. Cloud State alumni when he was signed by the Rangers. 

                               Andy Murray
   Andy Murray is best remember as head coach of the Los Angeles Kings from 1999 to 2006 and head coach of the St. Louis Blues from 2006 to 2010. He's currently an NCAA head coach at Western Michigan. 

                               Kris Knoblauch
   Kris Knoblauch was drafted by the New York Islanders in 1997 but never made it to the NHL as a player. In 2017, he was hired as an NHL assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers. He had spent time as head coach of the WHL's Kootenay Ice and OHL's Erie Otters. 

                              Greg Carvel
   Greg Carvel first made it to the NHL as an assistant coach with the 2003/04 Anaheim Mighty Ducks. From 2005 to 2011, he was an assistant coach with the Ottawa Senators. He's currently NCAA head coach of the UMass Minutemen. 

                              Mike Kelly
   From 2014 to 2017 Mike Kelly was an NHL assistant coach with the Florida Panthers. He was hired, along with his old coaching partner Gerard Gallant, to be an assistant coach with the inaugural Vegas Golden Knights in 2017. 

                              Jeff Jackson
   Jeff Jackson is best known as a coach in the NCAA with Lake Superior State and more recently, Notre Dame. He did spend 1 year in the NHL as an assistant coach with the 2003/04 New York Islanders. 

                            Keith Allain
   From 1993 to 1997 Keith Allain was an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals. A former Yale University goalie, he also spent time in the NHL as a goalie coach with the St. Louis Blues. Since 2006 he's had a very successful run as head coach of Yale's NCAA hockey team. Allain is also notable for being on the coaching staff of USA's 1992 and 2006 Olympic hockey teams. 

                        Mark Kaufman
   Mark Kaufman has spent his entire career coaching minor league and college hockey. He spent one season in the NHL as an assistant coach with the 1995/95 San Jose Sharks. He's been an assistant coach at Ferris State University since 2007. 

                      Dennis "Red" Gendron
   From 1994 to 1996, Dennis "Red" Gendron was an assistant coach in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils. His name was engraved on the Stanley Cup in 1995 as a coach and in 2000 while he was a scout with the Devils. Gendron is currently head coach of the the University of Maine's mens hockey team. 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Fall 2017 Mail - The Search Continues

Since the last mail post I've added 35 new unique NHL player autographs. The grand total now stands at 5,553 unique signatures for 74% of everyone to every play in the league.

Most of these come from a deal with a fellow autograph collector. A couple outstanding TTM requests also trickled in. I mailed a stack of new requests this week so hopefully I'll have more returns to post in the coming months. For the majority of the living retired guys I still need, if they're not impossible to find, I've likely already written them on multiple occasions at more than one address. It gets harder to find motivation to send new requests when you almost know the majority won't come back.

Tony Stiles
Defenseman Tony Stiles recorded 2 goals and 9 points in 30 career NHL games with the 1983/84 Calgary Flames. Stiles was an undrafted Michigan Tech alumni when his signed with Calgary in 1982. Internationally, Stiles was a member of Canada's 4th place team at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Pat Daley
From 1979 to 1981 Pat Daley played a dozen games in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets. Internationally, he represented Canada at the 1978 World Juniors. 

Claude Houde
From 1974 to 1976 defenseman Claude Houde played 59 games in the NHL with the Kansas City Scouts.

Chris Hayes
Chris Hayes played just 1 game in the NHL and it came in the postseason. Hayes played a playoff game with the Boston Bruins in 1972 for a team that went on to claim the Stanley Cup. Hayes didn't get his name on the Trophy for his one game appearance. Hayes actually qualified to have his name engraved but the Bruins choose not to include him. A little hockey trivia, Hayes is one of only 2 NHL players whose only experience in the league came during the Stanley Cup finals. The other, Doug McKay, by sheer coicidence, is also featured in this mail post.

Jay Johnston
From 1980 to 1982 defenseman Jay Johnston played 8 games in the NHL with the Washington Capitals. He's also notable for winning the AHL's Calder Cup in 1980 with the Hershey Bears. There's a nice little article from a blog that documents Johnston's full career.

Greg Meredith
From 1980 to 1983 Greg Meredith scored 6 goals and 10 points in 38 career NHL games with the Calgary Flames. He was a Notre Dame alumni who had been drafted by the Flames in 1978.

Rob Plumb
From 1977 to 1979 Rob Plumb played 14 games in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings. He scored 3 goals and 5 points. His brother, Ron, also played in the NHL.

Kent Ruhnke
Kent Ruhnke played 2 NHL games with the 1975/76 Boston Bruins. He signed with the Bruins as an undrafted free agent who had just completed his degree at the University of Toronto. It was then and still is a rare accomplishment to go from Canadian university hockey to the NHL. Ruhnke also played 2 seasons in the WHA with Bobby Hull's Winnipeg Jets.

Vic Teal
Originally drafted by the St. Louis blues in 1969, Vic Teal played 1 game in the NHL with the 1973/74 New York Islanders. The Islanders had signed Teal as a free agent in 1973. His brother, Skip, also briefly appeared in the NHL.

Gary Dillon
Gary Dillon played 13 games in the NHL with the 1980/81 Colorado Rockies. He was later signed by the Quebec Nordiques, hence the picture, but he was never able to make it out of their AHL farm team. His brother, Wayne, also played in the NHL.

Bruce Gamble
This would certainly be the "First Star" of the mail post. I have a soft spot for goalies and Bruce Gamble played in well over 300 NHL games from 1958 to 1972. MVP of the 1968 NHL All-Star game, Gamble played for the Rangers, Bruins, Maple Leafs and Flyers. Unfortunately, Gamble had heart trouble and passed away in 1982 at only 44.

Don Poile
From 1954 to 1958 Don Poile played 66 games in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings. He netted 7 goals and 16 points playing with Gordie Howe's Red Wings. His brother, Bud, also played in the NHL. 

Pete Kelly
From 1934 to 1942 Pete Kelly scored 21 goals and 59 points in 180 career NHL games. He played for the St. Louis Eagles, Detroit Red Wings and New York/Brooklyn Americans. He won the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 1936 and 1937. Kelly passed away in 2004.

Ted Hodgson
Ted Hodgson played 4 games in the NHL with the 1966/67 Boston Bruins. He later spent a couple seasons in the WHA, playing over 100 games in the league between 1972 and 1974. In the WHA he played for the Cleveland Crusaders and LA Sharks. 

Lee Fogolin Sr.
From 1948 to 1957 Lee Fogolin Sr. played 427 regular season games in the NHL, playing for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks. He's most notable for helping Detroit win the Stanley Cup in 1950. His son, who also goes by Lee Fogolin, became a longtime NHL player. Fogolin Sr. passed away in 2000.

Roger Lemelin
From 1974 to 1978 defenseman Roger Lemelin played 36 games in the NHL. He played for the Kansas City Souts and Colorado Rockies.

Ted Snell
From 1973 to 1975 Ted Snell scored 7 goals and 25 points in 107 career NHL games. Snell played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings and Kansas City Scouts. 

Larry Gould
Larry Gould played 2 games in the NHL with the 1973/74 Vancouver Canucks. He played pro hockey for a decade, from 1972 to 1982. His brother, John Gould, also played in the NHL.

Chris Pusey
Goalie Chris Pusey appeared between the pipes for 1 NHL game with the 1985/86 Detroit Red Wings. Interesting note, Pusey later played senior hockey with the Brantford Blast and helped them compete for the Allen Cup. Its notable because he did so as a defenseman, not a goalie.

Jack Hughes
From 1980 to 1982 defenseman Jack Hughes played 46 NHL games with the Colorado Rockies. He spent most of 1980 playing and travelling with the US Olympic team. Unfortunately for Hughes, he was cut shortly before the Olympics and missed out on being part of the Miracle team. 

Bruce Eakin
From 1981 to 1986 Bruce Eakin scored 2 goals and 4 points in 13 career NHL games. He played for the Calgary Flames and later the Detroit Red Wings. Eakin spent most of his pro hockey career in Germany, playing until 1999.

Mike McMahon jr.
The son of an NHLer by the same name, Mike McMahon jr. played over 200 games in both the NHL and WHA. In the NHL McMahon played for the Rangers, North Stars, Blackhawks, Red Wings, Penguins and Sabres. He passed away in 2013.

Dave Rochefort
Dave Rochefort played 1 game in the NHL with the 1966/67 Detroit Red Wings. His most success came as a junior hockey player, winning the Memorial Cup in 1963 and 1966 with the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Earl Ingarfield jr.
From 1979 to 1982 Earl Ingarfield jr. played 39 games in the NHL. He played for the Atlanta/Calgary Flames and Detroit Red Wings. His father, Earl Sr., had a long career in the NHL.

Ken Mann
Undrafted forward Ken Mann played 1 game in the NHL with the 1975/76 Detroit Red Wings. He was a star junior player who scored 44 goals in just 58 games with the 72/73 Windsor Spitfires.

Doug Halward
From 1975 to 1989 Doug Halward played 653 regular season games in the NHL. The defenseman put up a very respectable 293 points over a career that saw him play for the Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings,Vancouver Canucks, Detroit Red Wings and Edmonton Oilers.

Ray Staszak
Ray Staszak was a star college player who scored 37 goals and 72 points in just 38 games with the 1984/85 University of Illinois-Chicago hockey team. The Detroit Red Wings won a bidding frenzy for the free agent Staszak and Staszak became the first college hockey player to sign a million dollar NHL contract. It was huge money in 1985 and caused a ripple throughout the league. Staszak's NHL career, however, only lasted 4 games with the Red Wings. He scored 21 points in 26 AHL games but was forced to retired after part of just one pro hockey season due to injuries.

Tom Mellor
A Boston College alumni, Tom Mellor is most notable for helping the United States take home a silver medal from the 1972 Olympics. Mellor later played 26 career NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings.

Jim Shires
From 1970 to 1973 Jim Shires played 56 games in the NHL. He was a member of the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Pittsburgh Penguins. He was originally signed by the Red Wings as a free agent who had played 4 years of college hockey at the University of Denver.

Pat Rupp
Goalie Pat Rupp played 1 NHL game with the 1963/64 Detroit Red Wings. He's most notable for his International career, representing the United States at the 1964 and 1968 Olympics.

Danny Gruen
From 1972 to 1974 Danny Gruen played 20 games in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings. He then spent three seasons in the rival WHA before returning to the NHL in 1976/77 to play for the Colorado Rockies. Gruen scored 9 goals and 22 points in 49 career NHL games.

Ed Stankiewicz
From 1953 to 1956 Ed Stankiewicz played 6 games in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings. His brother, Myron, also played in the NHL.

Doug McKay
Doug McKay played just 1 game in the NHL and it came during the 1950 NHL playoffs with the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings went on to win the championship but McKay's name was left off the trophy. In a rare feat, he also won the AHL's Calder Cup in 1950 with the Indianapolis Capitals. He was a much bigger part of that team's win.

Al Jensen
From 1980 to 1987 goalie Al Jensen appeared in 179 NHL games. He played for the Detroit Red Wings, Washington Capitals and Los Angeles Kings. Jensen and Pat Riggin won the 1983/84 William M. Jennings Trophy for backstopping the Capitals to the NHL's lowest goals against average that season. Internationally, he represented Canada at the 1977 and 1978 World Juniors. Jensen has been a long-time NHL scout since hanging up his skates.

Bob Hoffmeyer
From 1977 to 1985 Bob Hoffmeyer played a couple hundred games in the NHL, dressing with the Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils. From 1987 to 1989 Hoffmeyer briefly returned to the NHL as an assistant coach with the Devils. He then turned to scouting as has been a Devils pro scout since 1993.


Clare Drake
Clare Drake is best know for his time at the University of Alberta where he coached the school's hockey team for nearly 30 years with great success. In 1975/76, Drake spent time as head coach of the WHA's Edmonton Oilers. From 1989 to 1991 he had a short stint in the NHL as an assistant coach with the Winnipeg Jets. In 2017, Drake was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder.