By sheer coincidence I've added exactly 100 new autographs since the last post. I've also updated the "Year in Autographs" collection pages. I'll be adding the years 1979-1989 very shortly. The grand total of unique NHL autographs now stands at 3,940.
This card has been at the very top of my wantlist for a long time and its the #1 star of this mail post. I've regularly been outbid when they come to auction and most are tucked away in collections. I was lucky enough to find this one for sale on a message board for an excellent price. Alex Faulkner played just over 100 games in the NHL during the early 1960s. He will always hold a special place in hockey history as the first Newfoundlander to play in the NHL.
As a player Jacques Lemaire won the Stanley Cup 8 times with the Montreal Canadiens. He then got his name of the trophy in 1986 and 1993 as an assistant general manager with the Habs. In 1995 he won his 11th Stanley Cup ring as the head coach of the New Jersey Devils.
From 1971 to 1981 Kennis Kearns played nearly 700 games for the Vancouver Canucks. This ITG Franchises card is his only certified autograph and its been on my wantlist since the set was released in 2005. His son, Bracken, currently plays in the NHL.
If you look closely at the scan you can see the stamp that accompanies the certified autographs from this old Ultimate set. Harry Watson passed away in 2002 so he only has a couple different certified autographs on the market. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1994, Harry Watson won 5 Stanley Cups as a player.
Although Dave Christian played over 1000 games in the NHL he's best known for being a member of Team USA's 1980 Miracle team.
Finnish native Esa Tikkanen won the Stanley Cup in 1984, 1987, 1988 and 1990 as an Edmonton Oiler. He captured the trophy for a fifth time with the New York Rangers in 1994.
Curt Fraser played in well over 700 NHL games between 1978 and 1990. He then returned to the NHL as a head coach with the Atlanta Thrashers from 1999 to 2003. Since then he's served as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders, St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars.
1992 Classic autographs can be tough to find so I'm happy to have added two of them. Jeff McLean played 6 games for the 1993/1994 San Jose Sharks, scoring 1 goal.
Between 1994 and 1998 Martin Gendron played 30 NHL games, scoring 4 goals and 6 points. He played for the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks.
From 1994 to 1997 Jan Caloun played 13 games with the San Jose Sharks. The Czech native went back to Europe until briefly returning to play 11 games with the 2000/2001 Columbus Blue Jackets.
This is a rare European team issued autograph card that I really like. The card looks really sharp in hand. Between 2000 and 2012 Trent Whitfield played over 200 regular season+playoff games in the NHL. Whitfield was recalled by the Bruins as a spare player during their 2011 Stanley Cup run. Although Whitfield didn't dress or get his name on the trophy he was included in the official team picture and awarded a Cup ring.
Younger brother of Marcel, Gilbert Dionne played well over 200 NHL games between 1990 and 1996. He's best known for his role in Montreal's 1993 Stanley Cup winning team, scoring 12 points in 20 playoff games. Surprisingly he never got a certified autograph card while he was playing.
Between 2002 and 2008 Kyle Wanvig played 75 games in the National Hockey League while dressing for the Wild and Lightning. This rare Bowman CHL autograph is his only certified auto card.
Since 2000 Jason Chimera has played well over 800 regular season+playoff games in the NHL. Its amazing that it took until this recently released Oilers commemorative set for Chimera to get his first certified autograph.
Vincent Lecavalier has an impressive resume. He was drafted 1st overall in 1998, is a 4 time NHL All-Star, won the 2004 Stanley Cup and captured the 2007 Rocket Richard Trophy as the league's top goal scorer.
Rick DiPietro was drafted 1st overall by the New York Islanders in 2000. He represented Team USA at the 2006 Olympics and was named to the NHL's 2008 All-Star team. He's best known for being riddled with injuries and was never able to fulfill his potential or live up to a massive 15 year contract.
Antti Niemi came into the league as an undrafted Finnish goalie. It didn't take him long to make an impact and won the Stanley Cup in 2010 as a member of the Blackhawks. Since then he's been San Jose's starting netminder.
Forward Michel Riesen was drafted 14th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in 1997. The Swiss played 12 games for the 2000/2001 Oilers but spent the majority of his career in Europe.
Finn Tony Salmelainen played 70 games in the NHL between 2003 and 2007. He was a member of the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks.
The autograph looks a little faded but I believe it was just the colour of marker Ehrhoff was using. Christian Ehrhoff has played well over 700 regular season+playoff games since 2003. He's represented Germany at the winter Olympics on three occasions.
Between 2005 and 2011 Rick Rypien played well over 100 games with the Vancouver Canucks. He suffered from depression and took his own life in 2011.
Erik Karlsson has been one of the NHL's premier offensive defecemen since he entered the league in 2009. He won the 2012 Norris Trophy and captured an Olympic silver medal with Sweden in 2014.
From 2007 to 2013 David Jones played nearly 300 games as a Colorado Avalanche. He spent the 2013/2014 season with the Calgary Flames.
PA Parenteau made his NHL debut with the 2006/2007 Chicago Blackhawks but just recently got his first certified autograph in Panini's Social Signatures subset. After breaking out as a dangerous scorer with the New York Islanders I've been patiently waiting for a card company to take notice and get him some ink.
A Colgate University alumni, Kyle Wilson was originally drafted by the Minnesota Wild in 2004. He wouldn't make his NHL debut until the 2009/10 season while playing for the Washington Capitals. From then until 2012 he played 39 NHL games between the Caps, Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators.
From 2005 to 2013 Chad Larose played over 500 games with the Carolina Hurricanes. He won the Stanley Cup with the club in 2006. This is his only certified autograph and its been on my wantlist for a long time.
Jordan Staal was drafted 2nd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2006. He immediately jumped to the NHL and was a Calder finalist in 2007. He won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009.
The youngest and least skilled Staal brother, Jared played 2 games with the 2012/2013 Carolina Hurricanes.
The Edmonton Oilers drafted Sam Gagner with their 6th overall pick in 2007. Since then he's scored just under 300 points in almost 500 games with the Oilers.
Swedish born David Ullstrom played 49 regular season and 3 playoff games for the New York Islanders between 2011 and 2013.
Tyler Myers was awarded the Calder Trophy as the NHL's 2010 rookie of the year. The towering defeceman has played over 300 games with Buffalo.
The Leafs signed Tyler Bozak as an undrafted player from the University of Denver. He's scored nearly 200 points in just under 300 NHL games with Toronto since 2009.
Swedish defenceman Carl Gunnarsson has played over 300 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs since 2009.
Viktor Stalberg has played over 300 games in the NHL between the Maple Leafs, Blackhawks and Predators. He's most notable for winning a Stanley Cup championship with the 2013 Blackhawks.
Nick Leddy was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in 2009 with the 16th overall pick. Before ever suiting up with the Wild Leddy was traded to the Blackhawks for Cam Barker. He's already played over 300 regular season+playoff games for Chicago, helping the team capture the Stanley Cup in 2013
Anton Lander has played nearly 100 games with the Edmonton Oilers since making his debut in 2011. The Swedish forward was a second round draft pick in 2009.
Defenseman Roman Josi has played nearly 200 games with the Nashville Predators since 2011. He played for Switzerland in the 2014 Olympic games.
Defenceman Adam Larsson was drafted 4th overall by the New Jersey Devils in 2011. The Swede has played well over 100 games with the Devils but has yet to reach his potential.
Drafted 6th overall by the Wild in 2001, Mikko Koivu didn't come to the NHL until the 2005/2006 season. Since then the younger brother of Saku Koivu has played over 600 games for the Minnesota Wild and has been their captain since 2008. The Finnish native also has a couple Olympic medals to his credit.
Brayden Schenn was drafted 5th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 2009. He was acquired by the Flyers in the Mike Richards trade and recently put up a 20 goal season. He plays with his brother Luke in Philly.
A first round pick by the Penguins in 2009, Simon Despres has played nearly 100 games with Pittsburgh since 2011.
German goalie Philipp Grubauer has played in 19 games with the Washington Capitals since making his NHL debut in 2013.
The Edmonton Oilers drafted Devan Dubnyk with their 14th overall pick in 2004. He spent 5 seasons in the NHL with the Oilers before being sent to the Nashville Predators and later the Montreal Canadiens in 2014.
Ben Scrivens was signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs as an undrafted Cornell graduate. Since 2011 he's played 72 games in the NHL between the Maple Leafs, LA Kings and Edmonton Oilers.
A first round draft pick by Calgary in 2006, Leland Irving appeared in 13 games with the Flames from 2011 to 2013.
Riley Nash has played over 100 games with the Carolina Hurricanes since making his NHL debut in 2011. A Cornell University alumni, Nash was originally drafted 21st overall by the Edmonton Oilers in 2007.
Since 2011 Lane MacDermid has played 21 games in the NHL while dressing for the Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames.
An undrafted Miami University graduate, Cameron Schilling has played a couple games for the Washington Capitals since 2012.
As a junior player Jordan Schroeder represented the USA at 3 World Junior Championships, winning Gold in 2010. Vancouver drafted Schroeder 22nd overall in 2009 and he has played over 50 games with the club since 2012.
Max Reinhart's father Paul spent a decade in the NHL and his two brothers, Sam and Griffin, are now top NHL prospects. Max has played 19 games with the Flames since making his debut in 2012.
Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak was drafted 14th overall by the Dallas Stars in the 2011 NHL entry draft. He's played over 20 games for the Stars since making his debut with the 2012/2013 team.
Gabriel Dumont made his NHL debut with the 2011/2012 Montreal Canadiens and has since played 18 regular season+playoff games for the Habs.
Since 2009 Mark Letestu has played nearly 300 regular season+playoff games in the NHL. He's played for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Defenceman Victor Bartley took the long route to the NHL, having never been drafted he was a free agent signing by the Predators in 2011. He has played 74 games with Nashville since 2012.
Since 2012 Michael Kostka has played over 60 games in the NHL between the Maple Leafs, Blackhawks and Lightning.
Defenceman Michael Caruso played 2 games with the 2012/2013 Florida Panthers.
Defenseman Eric Gryba has played nearly 100 games with the Ottawa Senators since 2012. He's a Boston University alumni.
The Florida Panthers drafted Nick Bjugstad 19th overall in 2010. He jumped straight from the University of Minnesota to the NHL in 2013 and has already played nearly 100 games with the Florida Panthers.
Czech native Roman Cervenka was a free agent signing by the Calgary Flames in 2012. A star player in Europe, he only managed to play 39 games with the 2012/2013 Calgary Flames before returning to the KHL.
Swedish forward Johan Larsson played 1 game with the 2012/2013 Minnesota Wild and 28 games with the 2013/2014 Buffalo Sabres.
Defenceman Joe Finley was originally a first round draft pick by the Washington Capitals in 2005. The University of Dakota alumni played 5 games with the 2011/2012 Buffalo Sabres and 16 games with the 2012/2013 New York Islanders.
A University of North Dakota alumni, Brad Malone has played over 50 games with the Colorado Avalanche since 2011. He's the first cousin of NHLer Ryan Malone.
As an 18 year old rookie defenseman Nikita Zadorov played 7 games for the 2013/2014 Buffalo Sabres. The Russian was drafted 16th overall by the Sabres in 2013.
Russian forward Konstantin Koltsov played 144 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins between 2002 and 2006.
From 2004 to 2011 Freddy Meyer played nearly 300 NHL games. He dressed for the Flyers, Islanders, Coyotes and Thrashers.
Between 1998 and 2009 the well travelled Craig MacDonald played just over 200 games in the NHL. He saw time with the Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets.
An undrafted University of Vermont alumni, Eric Perrin was 27 when he made his NHL debut with the 2003/2004 Tampa Bay Lightning. He went on to win the Stanley Cup that season.
Between 2001 and 2006 Shane Endicott played 45 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Between 1998 and 2006 Eric Nickulas suited up in 118 NHL games. He played for Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks.
Between 2002 to 2007 Jim Fahey played just over 90 NHL games between the Sharks and Devils. He was a Hobey Baker Award finalist in 2002 while playing for Northeastern University.
The San Jose Sharks drafted Cam Severson in 1997 but he never played for them. He made his NHL debut with the 2002/2003 Anaheim Mighty Ducks. He played 38 regular season and playoff games between the Ducks and Blue Jackets.
Between 2000 and 2011 Brian Willsie played nearly 400 regular season and playoff games in the NHL. He spent time with the Avalanche, Capitals and Kings.
Between 2001 and 2008 Micki Dupont played 23 games in the NHL. He played for the Flames, Penguins and Blues.
From 1990 to 2001 Len Barrie played 184 NHL games between the Flyers, Panthers, Penguins and Kings. After retiring as a player he became a wealthy businessman and once co-owed the Tampa Bay Lightning. His son, Tyson, currently plays in the NHL.
Since 2007 Nate Guenin has played over 100 games in the NHL. He's played for the Flyers, Penguins, Blue Jackets, Ducks and Avalanche.
Between 2006 and 2008 Czech native Martin Lojek played 5 games for the Florida Panthers.
An undrafted London Knights alumni, Scott McKay played 1 NHL game with the 1993/94 Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
From 1987 to 1994 Wayne McBean played over 200 games in the NHL. Originally drafted 4th overall by the LA Kings in 1987, Wayne McBean played for the Kings, New York Islanders and Winnipeg Jets.
Swedish defenseman Tommy Sjodin spent the majority of his hockey career in his native country but from 1992 to 1994 he played 106 NHL games between the Stars and Nordiques. He represented Sweden at the 1992 Olympics.
Scott Scissons was drafted 6th overall in a very strong 1990 NHL entry draft. Unfortunately for Scissons and the Islanders he never developed into an NHL player and only dressed in 3 games.
Between 1981 and 1984 Pat Graham played over 100 games in the NHL. He dressed with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Defenseman Bennett Wolf played 30 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins between 1980 and 1983.
Joe McDonnell played 50 games in the NHL during the 1980s, seeing time with the Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins. As a scout with the Detroit Red Wings he won the Stanley Cup in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008.
Between 1974 and 1986 Gary McAdam played well over 500 NHL games. He was a member of the Sabres, Penguins, Red Wings, Flames, Capitals, Devils and Maple Leafs.
Gates Orlando played 103 regular season+playoff games with the Buffalo Sabres between 1984 and 1987. He's a Providence College alumni who was once a Hobey Baker finalist. He represented Italy at the 1994 and 1998 Olympics. He's been a scout with the New Jersey Devils since 2004.
From 1980 to 1989 Gilles Hamel dressed in well over 500 NHL games. He spent the majority of his career with Buffalo but also dressed for the Winnipeg Jets and LA Kings.
Francois Guay is a 'one game wonder' having dressed in a single contest with the 1989/1990 Buffalo Sabres.
From 1975 to 1981 Al Cameron played just shy of 300 regular season+playoff games in the NHL. He split that time between the Detroit Red Wings and Winnipeg Jets.
From 1974 to 1976 Barry Salovaara played 90 games as a member of the Detroit Red Wings.
Between 1983 and 1992 Nevin Markwart played over 300 games in the NHL. He spent most of his career with the Bruins but also saw some time with the Calgary Flames.
Originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1969, Mike Baumgartner played 17 games with the 1974/1975 Kansas City Scouts. He career was ended abruptly when he caught a puck in the face while playing for the Scouts.
Brock Tedway played just 1 game in the NHL, and it came during the 1981/82 playoffs. He wrote me back a great letter that I very much enjoyed reading. He was given the official game sheet and is able to hang it in his office. He remains the only player in Kings history to have just appeared in the playoffs.
A Boston University grad, Bill Whelton played 2 NHL games for the 1980/81 Winnipeg Jets.
Between 1978 and 1980 Brent Tremblay played 10 games with the Washington Capitals. The defenceman scored 1 goal.
One of two players named Alain Cote to play in the NHL, this Mr. Cote spent his entire career with the Quebec Nordiques. He played over 100 games with the franchise while it was in the WHA and an additional 700+ regular season and playoff games in the NHL. His son, Jean-Philippe, is currently an NHL player as well.
I'm surprised that Terry Harper was never included into a new hockey card product and given a certified autograph. Although he didn't put up very many points as a defenceman he still played over 1000 games in the NHL. He won the Stanley Cup 5 times with the Canadiens and later served team captain for both the LA Kings and Detroit Red Wings.
Myron Stankiewicz spent 1 year in the NHL. He split the 1968/69 season between the St. Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers.
Dale Smedsmo played 4 games with the 1972/1973 Toronto Maple Leafs. He later went on to play in the WHA with the Cincinnati Stingers, New England Whalers and Indianapolis Racers. He's the stepfather of current NHLer Dustin Byfuglien.
A Harvard University almni, Greg Britz played 8 NHL games between 1983 and 1987. He played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Hartford Whalers.
Although the inscription says 1983/84 Jim Brown's NHL career consisted of playing 3 games with the 1982/1983 Los Angeles Kings.
Autographs #101-105 of this mail post fall outside of my NHL collection.
Jean Payette spent 2 seasons in the WHA with the Quebec Nordiques. He scored 19 goals and 59 points in 112 career games.
Dan D'Alvise represented Canada at the 1980 Winter Olympics. The team finished 6th that year.
Roger Bourbonnais represented Canada at the 1964 and 1968 Olympics. He won a bronze medal in '68. Joe Pelletier wrote an article about him on Greatest Hockey Legends.
Steve Monteith helped Team Canada win a bronze medal at the 1968 Winter Olympics.
Herb Pinder also represented Team Canada at the 1968 Olympics, coming home with a bronze.